Ain’t nobody no damn perfect! At least that’s what my Grams says. If you’re striving to be perfect, it’s time to stop. At some point, you have to just realize that you are enough. You have enough. You have done enough, no matter how much or little you have done. Just by being here and being you, you do enough. All of this other stuff is just fluff! Ok, have I buried that one deep enough?? No?? You need more? You are amazing and perfect just the way you are. You don’t need anyone else’s approval but your own. It’s time to go play. If you’ve forgotten how to play, find your favorite toddler and just watch for a minute. If you don’t have one of your own, do a search on the internet, because there are a ton of videos of kids playing and laughing these days. They don’t need much to send themselves into fits of giggles, right?? Add a little dancing in there, and they’re in heaven. Why would you not give that to yourself?

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and do a lap around the living room or the house. Chasing your kiddo or your spouse adds to the fun, and oh my, if they chase you back, even better! I guarantee that you will end up in shrieks of glee and belly laughs, maybe even rolling around in a pile on the floor. It never hurts to add some laughter to your life, because laughter really is the best medicine. I swear, if everyone laughed a little bit every day, we probably wouldn’t need so many doctors in this world.

Ok, had enough playing, put on your favorite upbeat music and dance around the living room. Have you heard the phrase, “dance like no one’s watching?” Well, do it. See what happens. It might just bring a smile to your face. If someone is watching, it might just bring a smile to their face. Dance in every muscle in your body. Move your body in whatever way it wants to move. Dancing is an amazing way to feel in your body, and we don’t do nearly enough of that in our culture. Most of us have been told to sit still and be quiet, right? Well, this is your chance to break free of that! Dance, dance, DANCE!

And finally, shake it off. You’ve all heard Taylor Swift’s hit song, right? If the catchy tune isn’t enough for you, the lyrics are pretty amazing, too! I used to start a lot of my yoga classes with a little shaking. Imagine a dog shaking off after it’s been in the water. Imagine that everything from your day or week or year or however long you’ve been holding on to whatever it is that is causing you all of that stress and tension falls off of you just like the water comes off of those dogs. Start at the very top of your head and let the movement travel all the way down through your body to your toes. Do it as many times as you need to in order to feel better. We carry so much baggage with us every day that it’s time to let it go, and this is your time to let. it. go.

If you’re not feeling merry by now, go drink some egg nog and relax by the Christmas tree or Hanukkiah (or whatever it is that you decorate with this time of year) until you’re ready to embrace that inner toddler and show them some love. Oh, and just because this is the Twelfth Day of Holiday Peace doesn’t mean that it’s over. I have a bonus for you tomorrow! Just wait and see!

Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and I’m so grateful that I can share these tools with you that I’ve learned. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me in my lifetime!

I bless you with the peace and ease you need in this holiday season.

Much love,

Emily Rose