As some of you may have gleaned from my post the other day I was feeling quite sorry for myself over Christmas. I set myself up for it really, I put myself in the “poor me” mindset even before I finished my last hour of work on the 23rd. I was sad about not being able to go home and kick off the holidays with a bottle of wine, disgruntled that there would be no baileys and coffee on Christmas morning. Christmas breakfast without mimosas? Really?! And what about the visiting and company and wonderful holiday food?! What was I supposed to pair with that? 7-up?! I continued to feel sorry for myself as we went to visit other couples and I stayed sober as they merrily drank, and drank…. and drank. We ran into a very rough looking friend in Boxing Day who said that he was still feeling hungover from Christmas Eve and that Christmas Day had been a write off for them (they have kids at home too). Story after story, and in person get togethers where I REALLY paid attention to what I was missing out on. Waking up each morning that I felt great, I reflected on how I felt in the mornings last year. Going out snowshoeing with lots of energy and taking in natures beauty, thinking about Christmas holidays past, there’s no way I would have had the energy. The days that we had planned company over for dinners, I had everything prepped, house clean and even had time to relax before company got there. I truly enjoyed the company and remembered conversations! I didn’t wake up the next morning wondering how and when I went to bed. There hasn’t been a single cringeworthy moment (other than a few jokes that fell completely flat! Haha!) yesterday I laughed at myself and thought “what exactly is it that you think you’re missing out on?!” Last night we met a group of friends at the pub, and I caught the waitress aside and said “if your bartender is feeling adventurous, could you get them to make me a fun drink with no alcohol? If not, I’ll have an orange juice and 7-up”. Well she came back with this big fancy looking drink of pineapple juice, grenadine and orange juice over ice with maraschino cherries on top! Hahahaha, the whole table gave out hoots and hollers and “wooo, do you think you’re in Hawaii or something?!”. I laughed and told them that I’d be pretending I was while I drank it! They of course assumed it had rum and I didn’t say anything otherwise. I had a GREAT evening out with lots of laughs and a few more of those drinks 😁 And the icing on the top is that my bill was a LOT less than everyone else’s so maybe next year I will be sipping a n/a drink in Hawaii! Woot woot!
(This morning I did a 1/2 hr Boxing workout and 15 minute run on the treadmill followed by 15 minutes of yoga. I think the exercising is definitely helping out with the improved mood)