Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m pooped. The holidays have just started and already I am overwhelmed by the to do list and tired from the expectations of what our culture has created as the norm.

My body has this foolproof way of letting me know when I need to slow down, and if I ignore it, it just gets louder and louder until I end up flat on the couch. Oh yeah, I’m like that, thinking I can do it all, for everyone, all the time.

But the body says, uh uh.

After ending up flat on the couch again last night, I listened. Today I took some time for me.

I know from past history that one of the best things for me to do to replenish my tank is to do something creative. So I pulled out my treasure chest of beads and findings and wires and tools, lit a candle, put on some music and made some jewelry.

Presto! In less than 2 hours, I felt like a new woman, more like my old self again.

And I have resolved to keep this holiday simple. Wish me luck on that – I have a long history of doing otherwise. I’m going to eat the foods that nourish me and avoid the traditions that don’t. I’m staying out of the shopping and in the arms of friends and family.

And I’m remembering to fill my tank with creativity, nature and a good night’s sleep.

What are you doing to fuel yourself during the holidays? I’d love to know…