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It’s time for a life update for the month of December by way of what’s “currently” going on at the I Am Teacher Fit headquarters!
December. I love December probably as much as I love October. December is my birthday month and, of course, there’s Christmas and celebrating the birth of Christ! In Texas, it’s finally starting to stay cool (knock on wood) and coffee all day is totally justifiable. There’s just something about stepping out into the crisp December air that makes me smile and appreciate this time of year. Today, I’m sharing the December edition of “Currently”, with a little bit of holiday cheer and a whole lot of everyday life.
Lighting… Our Christmas tree! I finally took the time over the weekend to put it up and dress up our home a little bit. This will be our second Christmas together as a married couple and our second Christmas in our home. Well — kind of — we’ll be traveling on Christmas Day!
Spending… Money on Christmas gifts, just like everyone else. Drawing names and doing White Elephant gift exchanges helps to alleviate some of the financial burden, but I’m always shocked at how much money we spend around this time of year. If I were smart, I would’ve socked some money away all year long to take care of that! Sometimes I feel that finding ideas for gifts can be just as burdensome as the actual purchasing. So I’ve been putting together gift guides as much for myself as anyone else! If you’re needing ideas, check out this Holiday Gift Guide for Teachers, as well as this White Elephant Gift Guide!
Related: Real Life Lately
Choosing… Kindness! Wonder by RJ Palacio was my 5th graders’ summer reading assignment and throughout this school year we’ve worked our way through Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, Wonder’s companion, and use 365 Days of Wonder every week. I love Auggie’s story and I’ve kept it in the back of mind ever since. Choosing Kindness is a perfect theme for the holiday season.
Sending… Thanks to the Running Powers That Be! Over the weekend, I completed my first 5K in almost a year, and only my second run since the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It was so much fun to run without putting pressure on myself — which I think played a huge role in my being able to pull a PR (31:59 official time) out of it!
Related: December Goals + a November Recap
Singing… Along to my favorite HANSON Holiday Radio on Pandora! As a child, I was a HUGE fan of Hanson and their Christmas album, Snowed In, remains the greatest Christmas album ever made. I’m listening to it throughout every workout and every free minute I have. If you love 1990s/early 2000s pop, you must give it a listen!