Sunday, December 22, 2013

Relax, Rejuvenate, Enjoy! (with a free New Year's craftivity!)

Deb from Crafting Connections is sending you warm Christmas greetings from snowy Iowa!

Every educator I know is now on holiday break until after New Year's!  I must admit, I LOVE the one day each December when I get to say these oh-so-trite words to my students as they walk out the school doors:

Background by RedPepper!

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you a few challenges I am giving myself for Christmas break.  Perhaps you will want to challenge yourself to some of these same goals!

1.  I challenge myself to RELAX.  Yes, I could make another batch of treats for the cookie trays we'll be delivering to the neighbors, I could look for a unique little gift for my girls' religious ed teachers, I could... there are a million (and one!) things I could do.  But I am challenging myself to NOT do anything on my Could list!  Anything not worthy of going onto a Must list is getting nixed!

2.  I challenge myself to LET GO of the stresses of the school year.  You know what I'm talking about... the x, the y, the z.  I have no doubt they will be awaiting my return to school on January 2, but between now and then, I'm going to make a heroic effort to let them go!

3.  I challenge myself to ENJOY the blessings surrounding me!  Enjoy a quiet evening with the family watching movies (without the computer on my lap in order to multitask), enjoy sleeping in, enjoy observing Christmas through the eyes of my nine- and six-year-old daughters...

So, I'm off to RELAX, REJUVENATE, and ENJOY!  Before I go, though, I've got a little Christmas gift of sorts to share with you.  I hope you enjoy this flash freebie New Year's craftivity!  Perhaps you can use it the first day back at school... my hope is that it will require little effort to prepare, thus allowing you a bit more time to spend with the people you care about this holiday season.  Just click on the link above or the image below; it will be free at my TpT store through Saturday, December 28!
Credits to artists Krista Wallden, Lovin Lit, Mrs. Leeby, and Hello Literacy!

Best wishes to you and yours... and SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!


  1. I am really focusing on letting go of the stresses. The stress of this year has caused me to have a small bald spot on the back of my head. No joke. A bald spot. So I'm taking it easy over break in hopes that will encourage some growth!

    Thanks for the freebie, Deb!

  2. Thanks so much for the freebie, Deb! My family has instituted a 'no school talk' during Christmas week. I still need to work on letting go of the stresses of the year because they'll definitely be there in a few weeks! :)



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