• Jen Gibbs

Tis the Season to Slow Down

It's been a bit since I've been able to just SIT DOWN and write. I have a good excuse, I promise. The last month or so has been filled with major life changes including (but most definitely not limited to):

  • Becoming engaged to my best friend (YAY!)

  • Quitting an AMAZING job that was filled with great co-workers and experiences

  • Moving over an eight hour drive away from my closest family and friends to Colorado

These three life altering events are just the frame or groundwork that I've been working with. They don't include the extra hours I put in at the Zoo so that I could save up enough to pay double rent until April. They don't explain the hectic holidays filled with family. They also don't explain how plans have changed about 50 times within just a few weeks. Life has had Mark and I on a roller-coaster for about a month but I can see the end and I can hear the waves of the Lazy River calling our names.

Although I'm excited to start pushing out other blogs (don't worry for those who keep asking, I'll put a story of our proposal up and I'll try to stay as updated on wedding planning as I can.) this is a post that needs to be first especially with Christmas only five days away.

It's easy to get wrapped up in the glamour of the holidays. Stores have their marketing departments on hyper-drive it feels like and products are being pushed out to us via television, social media, and so many other ways we don't even realize. I find myself being enamoured by all the home decor (in my defense, our new apartment is fairly empty). Others want all the new tech and to buy the newest video games.

I'm here to remind you to slow down. To remember why our wallets feel just a little lighter then they used to. For me, it's a time to reflect on Jesus during the Advent season. Others may focus their faith in other ways. No matter who you pray to, it's also important to keep in mind who you're praying about-or better yet who you SHOULD be praying about. It's probably the same people who are willing to deplete your bank account for.

Take it from someone who wishes they would have slowed down a little more and focused on relationships. As I have come to learn, big life changes can come at any time and there's no need to rush or force things that aren't meant to happen. So this holiday season, breathe. Seriously take a deep breath right now. Take your eyes off of the large marketing schemes long enough to have a genuine conversation with those you love. To give them the heartfelt present you are proud of-no matter what it looks like. To thank them for being in your life--for making it a little bit easier and a little more joyful.

After all that's what this time of year is about, right? Joy, hope, and love.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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