Happy Holidays! 

I’m on my way back to London, Ontario to visit my family for the holidays and I’m so excited to spend a week taking part in all of our family holiday traditions! I love all the little things we do as a family every year that make this time special. From going to cut down our own tree to baking and decorating our favourite homemade Christmas cookies, we make the most of the week we have together.
Through the years there’s been a shift in how I think about Christmas, that I hadn’t really noticed until I was reflecting on what this time of year means to me. When I was a kid I just loved getting to eat lots of sweets and get presents and be out of school for a couple of weeks, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate other things about the holidays more. I mean, I still love all the food, but I care more about quality time than I do material things. I’ve come to think the best presents you can give those you care about is your presence. It sounds very cliché, but we live in a world where people are spending more time online and less time face-to-face; where people get together with their friends to mutually stare into their phones. I’ve taken a bit of a break from social media this fall and it was definitely hard to break the habit. I had a few sporadic posts, but I wanted to take a step back from posting every day and compulsively checking my feeds. I’ve been trying to enjoy what’s happening in my life without posting about it, without feeling the urge to create content, and letting my life be a bit more private without needing to share everything I’m doing with the virtual world. 
I found my biggest challenge with this withdrawal was F.O.M.O. – Fear Of Missing Out! Being connected is like an addiction and the thing that kept me coming back was this irrational anxiety that I was missing something if I didn’t check my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. It can feel isolating and a little lonely at first, not being in constant contact with the social network system that’s been created. I’ve been working on changing my mindset around that. So, apart from wishing everyone a Merry Christmas right now, I’m going to be staying off my phone while I’m home for the holidays. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break, from my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

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