So often we live a life that was created for us by our family. Or we live out family traditions. Within the past few years I have been embracing living my life my way! It truly took me moving to another city to appreciate and admire my wants and needs.
I have been posting daily one thing about myself leading to my 40th Birthday. I also shared within one of the post that I am a beginner minimalist. My minimalist journey began April 2018. There were so many reasons to why I decided to live a simplified life. I will share that in another blog. With transitioning to a simplified life comes cherishing things that cannot be bought and sometimes cannot be seen. I realized that memories are the focal point of my life, not things.
Instead of having a lavish Christmas filled with things, we decided to travel to California and explore the state. I will admit, the weeks leading to Christmas had me in my feelings.  Typically, we put our Christmas decor up the day after Thanksgiving and take it down the day after Christmas. Once Thanksgiving passed, I realized that we are establishing yet our own tradition. But I also realized our twins are growing up (they are our youngest).  Santa and the tree were no longer their “thing.” To celebrate Christmas in California, Chief had a small tree set up for us, which brought a smile to my face. We exchanged our gifts, cooked dinner and went out to the movies
For two weeks, we enjoyed a slow paced life. There were no schedules, hustle and bustle. Which resulted in an opportunity to lose focus on the day and time, which seems rare to me these days.  And let me tell you, that was something different. I remember the weeks leading up to winter break, the twins had exams and after school activites/games almost everyday. Sometimes, there were two soccer games and two basketball games within one week.  And I was tired of the chase and stretched thin! I was in dire need of a true vacation and that is exactly what Chief planned. Please enjoy the snippet of our two weeks that were spent in California.

How did you spend your Christmas and New Year? Was it relaxing? Did you enjoy good company?
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