Before we chat a little, allow me to add a tranquil milieu. *Cue TELUS Fireplace*
You can find this relaxing scene on your device here.
Last night I sat in front of my crackling fireplace with all the other lights in the house shut off. The beautiful glow of our Christmas tree reflecting off of my glass of red wine; the soothing sounds of Harry Connick Jr. as he sings ‘When My Heart Finds Christmas’, and taking a big sigh of relief knowing I just finished about a weeks worth of work I had piling up on my desk plus completed most of my holiday gift wrapping with a grin.
This was perfection.
But then something struck me.
I realized this has become most of my nights. Yes, although it seems wonderful (and most times it is if I’m not plagued with a pounding headache), grasping that fact that I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings (and even days) alone focused on work. Whether it’s from my desk in complete solitude or sitting in the living room among my children and hubby as they excitedly chatter around me as I read through emails on my phone or quickly send off a PDF to a client, still pretty much detached.
Yes, I know these things can wait. But it’s been a busy time of year and ironically, the reason I do all this now is to avoid having work to do later on so I can spend more time with my family.
But who am I kidding? I always say this but the weeks pass and that doesn’t really happen.
Thankfully my family is so understanding. My husband is a huge support and my children, as young as they are, accept and acknowledge my work although the guilt often eats at me like a ravenous beast.
Quality time with my loved ones is essential and this is especially true this time of year.
ENTER HOLIDAY MODE.
Encompassed in the retail and marketable holiday chaos you see around you encouraging you to BUY THIS and BUY THAT, for the second year in a row one company has reminded me to unplug and focus on making the most out of human connections this holiday season by getting into Holiday Mode.
It’s easy to get caught up in the season and forget to connect with those around us. TELUS authentically wants to help Canadians focus on what’s really important for the holidays: personal connections.
Sure their job is to connect millions of people every day, but they do understand that nothing can replace the human connection.
To do this, TELUS is offering some really fun ways to help you get into Holiday Mode this year.
Check them out here!
I’m inspired and really need this catalyst to help me become more present this holiday season, for my loved ones, and for me.
I can’t get over the cuteness of this seasons hottest wearable. Although mine may have been a little snug, tighter clothes is something that often comes with the holidays though, right? Ha!
How do you plan to get into Holiday Mode?
To enter, Visit TELUS online here and share your ideas about how you get into Holiday Mode using the tools and inspiration found at telus.com/expectmore and you can win a JBL CLIP+ Bluetooth Speaker (ARV $60) – one of my favourite little (and powerful) portable speakers!
Comment below letting me know your ideas on getting into Holiday Mode and also share on social media tagging me and Telus with hashtag #expectmore for additional contest entries.
Contest is open to Canadian Residents. Ends December 15, 2015.
Holiday Mode #ExpectMore Giveaway