Like many people, I felt that December came and went quickly. Working full time and planning a trip back home to see my family for Christmas, on top of trying to eat healthily and stay sane, kept me quite busy. As a result, I was not as mindful or as kind to my body as I could have been. So what were highlights for me?
After arriving in Ontario to see family for Christmas, both my boyfriend and I were hit hard with a nasty flu bug. We were both bed-ridden for five days. Needless to say, it affected my body on a number of levels, and all I wanted to do was sleep. So sleep I did. I admit that usually when I’m sick, I keep busy and push myself to get things done. But not this time. I took advantage of my vacation days and slept when I felt like it. It was a good reminder that I need to take care of my body when it doesn’t feel good, even when I’m not sick.
Two really awesome things stimulated my brain this month. The first was when my colleague and I led the first-ever social media committee meeting within our school division (something we’ve had dreams of doing for two years), and the second was when I was asked to help select the textbook for the course I’m going to start teaching in January. I browsed a few books and with the help of the program head, I selected a book I believe my students will find to be beneficial.
Recognizing that I was sick over Christmas and had to cancel many plans with friends, my sister offered her place as a meeting spot for both my friends and my brother’s as a way to see as many people in one night as possible (when we were starting to feel better). Knowing also that it’s so hard for us to see everyone when we visit, I thought this was a great idea and took her up on her offer. A bunch of friends came over with their partners and kids, and in between helping the kids set up a race car track and eating food, I took a solid five minutes to reflect on who was there. I looked around the room and became immersed in gratefulness. Everywhere I looked, there was someone I cared for. Having just come out of the haziness of being sick, I was overwhelmed with happy emotions. My soul felt content knowing how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life. Many people have friends, but I have people that feel like family, and for that, I am truly thankful.