I spent much of this month in quiet *internal* contemplation. To start, there was lots of debating with myself but eventually the debates gave way to an exercise in finding joy… and really, what held the most joy of all!

What am I talking about? Well, the Great Christmas Decorating of 2022 (and beyond!)

And all this thought showed me that while some “things” help usher in the season, it is really more than that. And so today I will begin my decorating with a much pared down list…so much pared down!

And I confess… I am a bit nervous. Sort of like that feeling you have when you know you are forgetting something, and don’t realize what it was until you get to your destination. If it is *absolutely necessary* you go and buy a replacement and you have a wonderful time or you realize that you did not really need that something and you have a wonderful time.

Either way – I will have a wonderful time. And if I find that something is *absolutely* necessary, I can get it out!

And in the midst of all this angst, I realized that my year of pondering a full life was….well realized!

Living a full life means choices. Saying yes to things… and saying an equal number (if not more) of no’s as well!

Living a full life means having priorities… but ones that are not set in stone so that when something intriguing appears on your radar, you can switch gears and try it! (Watercolor Painting… I am looking at you here!)

And, perhaps best of all, living a full life means that at the end of the day, the week, the month, the year… you can look back and know that you did all the *absolutely necessary* parts and, most importantly, you had a wonderful time!

Oh… and for those wondering about those things that “made the cut” for my holiday decorating… here is my brief but spectacular list:

  1. Outside lights, because Christmas is something to share.
  2. The Christmas Tree… singular. One with lights, because Dark December, but with only those ornaments that hold the most special place in my heart.
  3. One candle on the dinner table (it is out already!)
  4. My Year of Gnomes gracing my mantel. I did pick up one fun NEW thing for this last Gnome… stay tuned for peeks into how they are all anticipating her arrival!

Finally, I want to thank Carolyn for hosting us all to share our Word Inspiration. Each month I am amazed at what you all teach me as you work through your word.

I have one final month to contemplate Full… and I am so excited about how I am going to close out this year!

See you all back here on Wednesday for a Welcome to December Unraveled!

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