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  • Marcy Kocher

Preparing for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again.

Well, almost.

Personally, I’m not crazy about stores bringing out Christmas decorations before Halloween.

Slow your roll, capitalism.

Let us relish one holiday at a time.

But I’m bringing up the holiday season early for an important reason.

I want you to enjoy them.

I want you to be prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically so you can be present and cherish every moment.

I want you to experience peace and ease.

The first step, as always, is awareness.

Consider what prevents you from being fully present and thoroughly enjoying the holiday season.

Is it stress? Overwhelm? Money? Busyness? Family drama? Grief? Loneliness?

Something else?

Let’s spend the next few weeks talking about all the things so this year can be fun, relaxing, abundant, and full of joy and love.

The first thing I would love you to do is set aside five to ten minutes this week just for you.

Let’s dig deep and go for the cure vs. just treating symptoms.

This is how we create permanent, sustainable change.


Close your eyes and take at least three deep, slow breaths.

Think about the holiday season. Imagine it happening.

What comes up for you?

What are your thoughts?

What do you like about the holidays?

What don’t you like about them?

What are you looking forward to?

What are you dreading?

Be curious. Be honest—no judgment allowed.

Now, what are your feelings?

Write them down—all of them.

It’s normal to have conflicting feelings.

Give yourself so much love, compassion, and acceptance.

Of course, you are feeling those feelings when you think those thoughts.

You are a wonderfully complex human being.

This exercise helps your brain to relax as you create awareness, acknowledge what’s going on inside, and then connect deeply and compassionately.

Don’t we all feel better when we feel seen, heard, and valued?

We need to learn to do it for ourselves.


Here’s the thing: It shouldn’t feel normal for life to be hard, stressful, and overwhelming.

Too many of us are living this way.

I lived that way for most of my life, but I’ve created a new normal, and now it’s my mission to teach others how to do the same.

There is a better way.

A way to have what you want with peace and ease.

My hope is that as I help one person at a time learn the tools and skills to create a life of passion, purpose, and peace, they will pass it along to their friends and family, and we can all contribute to creating a world full of more love and abundance.

So, in service to that mission, I will explore things that, on the surface, don’t seem very holiday-like but are actually driving our holiday experience.

Things such as unrealistic expectations, feeling overly responsible, people pleasing, doing things you really don’t want to do, having difficult conversations, and more.

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