Did I really just say “grow” a few days after Thanksgiving? If you are anything like me, you can’t stand much more “growing”!
But I’m not talking about physical growing (thankful for that??). I’m talking about growing your business, your blog or your family. It’s tempting to just put things aside until the New Year, and it’s certainly important to spend time with family and friends during this special time of the year.
But there are also some easy things you can do to grow during the holidays.
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Y’all know making plans are my passion! I have spent a lot of time this weekend using my Mind Map and my Planning Six-Pack to layout some awesome things for Do A New Thing for the New Year. It is such a relief to have a clear path forward!
Now that I have a basic plan for the first part of the year, I’ve also been using the Blog Success Planner from Inspired Bloggers University to work the details. It’s more than just a blog planner. It’s a whole online business planner that covers product launches, income and expenses and a comprehensive list of resources in addition to post and social media planners.
But planning is not just for blogs and businesses. You can spend some time over the holidays making a family plan for 2016. Phyllis Sather’s Purposeful Planning materials is a great resource for finding the Lord’s plan for your family. And you can subscribe to TheBetterMom.com to get their free Life Intentional Planner pack.
School’s out for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean the learning should stop! Check your local museum or library for special programs for the kids.
And while they are occupied, you can take an online course to grow your blog or ministry. I’m looking at some of the classes at It Starts With Coffee and Inspired Bloggers University. They all look so good! I don’t know how to choose one. I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments if you’ve taken some great online courses for blogging, business or ministry.
The holidays are the perfect time to team up with others. You can build relationships while you bless others … WIN-WIN! Partner with some families in your neighborhood to bring Christmas to a needy family. Get together with other businesses in your area to offer a special night of celebration and carolling. Or round up your blogging buddies and offer an amazing giveaway.
Yes, rest. Close the laptop. Put your feet up. Park your mind in your happy place. I’m learning the value of having some margin in my life to refuel and recharge. It’s hard for me. I have to force myself to step away. But when I do, I find that I’m more creative and productive when I get back to work.
God wired us to need rest, a Sabbath, to function properly and to focus on the many ways He has provided for us. So take a rest during this Christmas season to provide some space for growth.
What are you going to do to grow through the holidays? Collaborate, Plan, Learn, Rest … share your best idea!
I’m linking up with Crystal Storms at #IntentionalTuesday, Jaime Weible at #SittingAmongFriends, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeartand Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus, Missional Women at #FaithFilledFriday, and Susannah Kellogg at #FaithandFellowship