More thoughtful this year

I can hardly believe it’s October.  It’s already the time of year we begin planning gatherings, large and small, near and far.  Before we know it, we’ll be gathering in our circles, engaging in every kind of conversation under the sun.  We’ll awkwardly small talk with co-worker’s families.  We’ll remember how Grandma always burnt the rolls with laughter.  We’ll ring in the new year with joyful anticipation.

It’s easy to get busy with all the excitement and planning of this season. 

There are parties to throw, menus to plan, tables to decorate, gifts to buy and cards to send.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and yet somehow, it can easily rush by without much thought or intention going into the experiences we’re creating.

We’re running from one thing to the next, checking all the to-dos off our lists. 

The photo shoot is Pinterest-worthy.  The cards are stunning, and ordered right on time.  But no matter how beautifully the table is designed, no matter how delicious the food, or perfectly packaged the gifts, in the end, it’s only the experience that will be remembered.  It’s the experience that connects our hearts and minds.

It’s the experience we will either dread, or treasure, for years to come. 

So take a pause this weekend to put a little extra thought to the experiences and memories you want to create.  What’s most important about the experiences you want to remember?  What can you do today to begin to foster those in your planning?

Let’s make our gatherings more thoughtful this year.  

to more love,

Crystal

P.S. This is exactly the theme of our next Girls Night Out on November 2nd.  We’re focusing on fostering gratitude and joy in all our gatherings.  So join us if you can.  And if you can’t, stay tuned.  We’ll be sharing little nuggets all along the way.

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