I am back at work technically, but still traveling with my kids this week. This was the first year we didn’t go to see their grandparents and my family the week before Christmas because they got out of school so late this year. So instead, we flipped things around: Their dad had them for the first week of break, while I had an amazing and productive week of working, tiling floors, and making gifts right up until and through Christmas.
It was the first time in some 20 years that I didn’t travel that pre-Christmas week, and it was amazing. I never realized what a ghost town San Francisco becomes. So many tech companies and venture firms completely close their doors between Christmas and New Year’s, and it’s a city of transplants and an awful lot of rich folks…why stay?
I enjoyed waltzing into any restaurant or workout class on a whim without a reservation. I got an early start on my New Year’s resolutions, because my life was so unchaotic for that week. I am deep into my home renovation projects, and I started intermittent fasting. The former has given me a massive sense of satisfaction, even if it’s time-consuming and frustrating at times. The latter has had even more dramatic results! I lost about seven pounds in two weeks! I’ve never in my life lost weight that quickly.
Starting my New Year’s resolutions early was a great way to end the year on a high note, feel good about not binging too much on holiday food and drink, and not feel like there’s a big cold accountability start coming in January.
Of course, this was followed by two weeks of total travel and kid chaos, of overeating and drinking too much and all that comes with that. But I haven’t fallen off the fitness wagon too badly. I’ve still been running and moving and working in fast days between family extremes.
I probably won’t have a Christmas like this again, at least for a long time. As long as my parents are with me, I intend to go see them that week whenever school schedules and work permit. It’s important and they are in their 80s and they’ve done a lot for me; it’s not too much to repay.
But I do intend on starting my New Year’s resolutions early again! Sometimes thinking about having to make a new change is more intimidating than actually jumping in and starting.
Tell us about your holiday, any epiphanies you had, or this year’s resolutions on this thread!
Today’s new questions on Chairman Mom:
- Anyone have any great epiphanies with time off for the Holidays?
- Is this career growth or career death?!
- What do you do when family gives you gifts you hate?
- Internal vs external validation: how do you motivate a kid who isn’t validated by your approval?