Bonjour mes amis and fellow self-care-ellas!
One of the things in Nourish Noëlle (our Christmastime self-care journey) is to make a list of things that will light us up over the holidays. Not lighting up the hubby, kiddos, and extended family. But what will light YOU up.
This is your cue to create a Christmas WishList — things you’d like to do over the holidays. Outings. Memory making.
And please know that it’s not only ok but wonderful to paying attention to you, your needs, and your hearts desires. Remember you being happy brings happy to those around you too! It ripples. Just like a French pebble you’d find at Versaille dropped in the Ocean.
It’s time to make your list. Check it twice. And repeat: I choose to create these memories for the good of myself and the good of the all.
Keep shining bright Noëllas. And as you do so, know that you’re giving others the permission and encouragement to light-up and shine bright too!
I love you! 🌹
Oops. I almost forgot. This is my list of all the stuff I think it would be fun for us to do this year coinciding with our Christmastime gridwork in Washington. Even if you’re not in DC you’ll an idea of the process. . .
- Christmas Tea at The Willard
- Tea at the new Salamander DC (formerly the Mandarin Oriental) fab fact we honeymooned at Salamander in Middleburg
- Lunch at Filomena’s
- Dinner at La Chaumière
- Shopping at the Galleria
- Late lunch at the Neiman Marcus Café
- An Outing to Old Ebbitt
- Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater
- Hillwood Decorated for Christmas
- Season’s Greeting’s Holiday Display at The United States Botanical Garden
- Princess Grace Exhibit — Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior Exhibit at Hillwood
- Mount Vernon at Christmas — lunch dinner or brunch at the Inn, touring the mansion, candlelight tour, and walking the grounds with our Furry Princess Mia (we may need two trips to Mt Vernon)
Now from here, I’ll go over this list with Miles. Most of it he’s already heard of because we’ve already been talking about it! And I’ll see how he feels about it. And what he would want to add. Or possibly not do — after all as we remain lit we want to make sure others don’t feel dull or dim doing things they don’t want to do.
So I will tell you Miles will add (Again, I know this because we’ve been talking about it!) . . .
- The Scottish Walk — Iconic Old Town Alx Christmas Time Parade, bell ringing (yes, we ring the bell one o’clock at King & Lee where WhyNot? used to be), private parties hosted by friends all over town, the Oyster Roast at The Boat Club followed by →
- The Parade of Lights — The Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Potomac River with the boats decorated for the holidays visible from our Old Town Alx Neighborhood, as well as spots in DC
- Waterskiing Santa — A Christmas Eve tradition we can watch from Nautical Jiles
- More walks outside (ok not specific to the holidays in Washington but it’s really important to Miles right now!)
Now pretty much everything on both our lists the other will want to do. Our interests are pretty similar. Our divine union is very strong — it is after all a major part of our soul mission to re-grid divine union on this beautiful blue planet, wayshow our beloved bliss, and share our codes for the good of the all!
Ok. Yes. Now back to the lists. The possible exception on the xmas memory making lists for us would be a Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater — just because we’ve seen it so many times not because it’s not great. So we’d probably rather spend that time on something else. Either another show. Or relaxing. Making time to relax is critically important to your self-care too.
We’ll also look to see if something needed tweaked, for example, I’d add onto Miles’ more walks and say: go for walks in different neighborhoods to get some exercise and see the architecture and lights and soak in more of the season!
Also, if there’s something Miles doesn’t want to do on my xmas memory making list, I’ll feel into if I wanted to go with a friend or experience it on my own. Doing things by yourself is a form of self-care too!
And lastly, we’ll have a lookey at the list to see if there is something we’d like to do with another couple, or a party of people, to bring a different element to the experience. For example, we’re going to watch the Parade of Lights from our boat. Nautical Jiles has one of the best views of the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in all of Washington. So inviting friends to share that experience with us is a truly unique gift we can share with people we love. And what a special xmas gift to nourish someone in their holiday memory making.