For me, I've set limits to spending this year & stuck to them. For everyone other than my immediate family, I got one simple gift at the reasonable set amount, & I didn't look back (or let guilt work against the plan I knew was right for me). I got many of the gifts while I was out doing other tasks, so there was less running around & stressing over what to get all at once. I decorated my house in shifts of time over a couple of weeks, & enjoyed the process much better--even got more creative by completing a few new projects I've been meaning to try for years. I'm opting out of events/activities that bring more stress than joy. Others will choose to like my choices or not, but they will adapt (& maybe even follow my lead!)
Back to the writing front, I decided to grant myself the same courtesy as that agent. I am giving myself the next two weeks as a break from querying my novel. This will lighten the load a bit further so I can better enjoy the joys of the holidays. I know I have the self-discipline to get back to it in the new year, hopefully with a fresh attitude & vision. I've worked diligently over the last two months building my website, creating this blog, getting onboard with Twitter, & sticking to an aggressive submission schedule each week....so, I do deserve this reprieve. Yes, I do!
Join the sanity-balancing movement, won't you? How can/do you choose to fulfill rather than full-fill during the holidays?