Camille Styles

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How These 14 Successful People Stay Sane During the Holidays

November 15th, 2016

The holidays. They are truly my favorite time of the year. In no particular order, I most look forward to: spending time with family & friends, giving, PIE, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, bike rides in extra layers, my friend Sara’s annual Sequin Supper Club, LA’s KOST 105.3 FM Holiday Radio station and actual time off from work where no one is expected to check email.

But there are a few things I want to change about this year’s holiday season. First is to slow down. I’ve received four Paperless Post invites for holiday parties and haven’t even begun to think about the various dinners, cocktail gatherings and open houses between now and January 31. Typically, I fire off an immediate YES to everything because I’m genuinely fueled by the excitement of being around so many people I love. But now I’m taking a small pause — looking at my calendar and reminding myself “Kelly, you can’t do it all.” Aside from being on an airplane with no wifi, there aren’t many long moments in my day that I get all to myself. I’m looking forward to not being so rushed from one event to the next.

Second, I want to be more present in every single moment. I’m on Instagram and Snapchat more than I’d like to admit. Why? I love documenting everything — it’s a part of the excitement of that very moment. And I love storytelling — always have. That’s the old publicist in me. But because I don’t actually have to be on my phone between Dec. 23 – Jan. 1, I’m going to enjoy it. Not every text requires an immediate response and not every piece of pie I eat needs to make it on my Instagram story. I’d rather devote this attention to my family, friends, time on the bike and actual real relaxing that doesn’t require scrolling through anything.

These changes had me thinking, “I wonder how my friends and mentors get through the holidays? What do they do?” So I asked them! I polled 14 close friends who I think embody the notion of Living Kindly and strive to live their best lives, to give us their advice on how they approach the holiday season. Knowing that they’re all powerhouses in their own right with very busy schedules, yet still make time for themselves, is absolutely admirable and inspiring.

This is how they responded to “What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays?” I can’t wait to adopt some of their ideas. I’ve linked to their Instagram pages so you can glean just as much inspiration and fun from them as I do.

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3 Comments under :: How These 14 Successful People Stay Sane During the Holidays
  1. I love the holidays. I usually take a couple weeks off at Christmas; it’s probably the only time I really relax and get to enjoy most of the tips you’ve included in this post! Alcohol and food help too!

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  2. Samantha Lee says:

    Love love love this. This time of year is wonderful in so many ways but can also be so overwhelming. Saving this list to come back to because I’d really love to be intentional with how I celebrate this time of year, so I don’t feel like I’m just treading water and trying to survive it. <3

  3. Calliope says:

    Christmas in Europe is not stressfull. Almost never. Maybe because overspending is out of the equation. Some gift giving is happenning esp to small children and elderly parents but nothing huge. What IS happenning is travelling, lots of food and wine consuming, family gatherings and A LOT of open air christmas markets for hot wine drinking. In Greece we also tend to overbake…houses smell like patisseries.

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