During the holiday hustle and bustle, pause to remember what’s most important

Christmas lights at nightImage credit: Christmas Lights at Night by Thomas Quine on Flickr. CC by 2.0.

If your schedule hasn’t gotten hectic yet, it’s probably about to now that the holiday season is in full swing. Before you get too frazzled, take some time to review your “to do” list. Is everything on it something that is necessary, or can you pare it back a little so you can spend time with friends and family?

Making time to have dinner with friends or stroll around with the family looking at Christmas lights is more important than sending a holiday card to John in Accounting. For me, those are the things that make the season memorable. Not cards, not material goods.

Brene Brown recently posted an experience she had placing higher priority on “the list” than making time for some holiday traditions she had with her children. Take a look at what she wrote on her blog. It reminded me of last year, when I decided I just had too much going on to send Christmas cards. While I missed making that sort of contact with friends, it definitely needed to be done and it made for a much more relaxing holiday.

Here’s a happy, healthy and low-stress holiday season!

The 13 most memorable internet videos of 2013

Since the entire internet is buzzing with “best of the year” lists, Christine and I had a meeting of the minds and decided to present to you The Most Memorable Internet Videos of 2013.*  

We couldn’t agree on the top 13, so we each made our own lists. I’ll start. Enjoy!

The remaining videos on my list were not released in 2013, but I have watched them (some several times), loved them and remembered them. My list, my rules people.

(Warning: If you’re unfamiliar with TED Talks, don’t click on these links until you have hours of time to waste. I get sucked into the vortex of watching more videos than I planned because they’re so darn good.)

Check back Monday to see the 13 videos that made new neural pathways in Christine’s brain…


*Christine and I made up this list. Our definition of “memorable” means we actually remember watching these videos in 2013.