It’s the Busiest Time of the Year

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. While I should probably be asking you how your Thanksgiving meal was, I find myself wanting to know, “Did you get your tree up?” We host Thanksgiving each year so while many are putting up their Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, we hold out until the day after Thanksgiving when we join the rest of our family and cut down our Christmas tree. In a twenty-four-hour period, we go from all things turkey to decking the halls for Christmas. Then it’s off to the races with Christmas planning and finding ways to squeeze in festivals, tree lighting events, gatherings and more.

Last week I sat in the living room doing a little work and I could hear the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” playing. My husband, Aaron, was off the day before Thanksgiving and he was in the kitchen having coffee and had cued up some Christmas music. While he was enjoying his morning off, I was in the living room running over my schedule for the next week trying to figure out what all I could hurry and get done before the following week. I was excitedly overwhelmed with the first annual tree lighting for our town, historical society business, book reviews, and planning for friends coming in to visit. It was in that moment I found myself singing in my head, “It’s the busiest time of the year.”

I’ll be honest with you; I was feeling a bit weighted down with the commitments I had made but at the same time I wouldn’t have it any other way. In the past, I used to struggle with saying, “no” to things however, after having twins, I found it a lot easier to politely say no. Over the past ten years, I have found freedom in saying no to the things I wasn’t drawn to but have found myself saying yes to things that bring me absolute joy. Because I have chosen to be selective in what I commit to, I find that I am able to truly enjoy those commitments, making it feel more like, “The most wonderful time of the year.”

Over the next few weeks and even into the new year that lies ahead, I hope you consider what you commit to. Be sure it’s something you truly want to do. I’d hate for you to continue missing out on other opportunities that would bring you joy!

I hope you have a wonderful week!


Something to Consider

Grounded in the Middle podcast- Rewind

Friends, I’ve come down with laryngitis and so I’m going to do a “rewind” this week on the podcast. Its short and sweet, but something that is always good to consider.

I know the holidays are branded as the happiest time of the year, but for many people, it’s one of the most difficult. For some, holidays serve as permeant place cards within their year found on every wall calendar to phone calendar making it nearly impossible to completely avoid. Not to mention how stores these days seem to have the next holiday retail items up for sale before the current holiday has even arrived. These written and visual benchmarks of where we are within the year can be bittersweet, but what if we started taking note of the guideposts that have occurred and how they have propelled us through the year?

Today, I’ll be discussing how it has taken the last five years to see how the guideposts which have helped us find our fortune today.

Johnny + Christina Cison-What it's like to go against the grain. Grounded in the Middle.

Have you ever heard of the Old House community? If you aren't familiar, there is a large social media community who own or just love old houses and every day they gather around the world to chat about their experiences and share what they've learned about restoring and living in their old house. In today's episode, you're going to get to meet Johnny and Christian from the account @ourcornerofcurrituck and who were also one of my first old house friends when we moved out here to the middle. They are opening up today on why they chose to leave suburbia and their new build home for old house life and homesteading. Connect with me on social media @farmhousestoryteller Have a question or want to be on the show? Email me at  — Support this podcast:
  1. Johnny + Christina Cison-What it's like to go against the grain.
  2. Being a Light in the World
  3. Invincible Joy with Author Oliver Asher
  4. Restoration: Becoming who you need to be today so you can be who you need to be for tomorrow.
  5. Have you ever accounted for the guideposts in your life?

Farmhouse Storyteller Playlist

If you’d like to tune in to what I’m listening to out here in the middle, you can join me on Spotify where I have a playlist titled, Farmhouse Storyteller. You can easily find the station by directly clicking play to the right or searching for Farmhouse Storyteller on the Spotify app.

Where to read my latest work

This past week Link2Us Magazine published their Fall ’22 issue and it includes an article I wrote titled, Reawakening Traditions at the Homestead. While my article will give you a peek into our holiday traditions, you will also learn of the traditions that came before us! You can request a digital copy here or you can pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Nobles, Kroger, Books a Million, Fred Meyers stores, Albertsons, Hyvee, Kmart, and Amazon.

In addition, you can also read another article I wrote, Restoration in the Farmhouse, about how we found our way out here to the country on Make Me Available which is a website out of London, England. You can click here to read.

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