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How I Ditched the Stress and Had More Holiday Fun!

Ditching the stress for more play with stenciled stockings! This is like an inner critic with enough family baggage to fill a cruise ship. Over the years, I have tolerated that voice and let it suck so much joy away.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I want to embrace the fun of the season not the stress. Here’s what I have been saying any time I hear that critical voice about my holiday decorations, my wrapping, my cooking, etc.

  • It is not going to be a masterpiece. It is going to be done.
  • It is not going to be perfect. It is going to be done.
  • It is not going into the museum of holiday decorations. It is going into my hallway (or any other room in my house).

This has dramatically shifted my holidays. There is so much more joy in them. And so much more is getting done – like these quick stockings!

In the video, I dressed up some extremely cheap stockings. These had been in the closet waiting for me to add something to them. Well, now I have! Are they perfect? Nope. Are they a masterpiece? Nope. Did I have fun making them? Yup! Will I have fun putting them up around the house? Most definitely!

Watch Quick stenciling on stockings on YouTube.

If you’d like more ways to quiet a critical voice, I’ve got a downloadable video and pdf waiting for you called “3 Ways to Thwart the Inner Critic“. Find the details here.

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  • Caroline Duncan December 18, 2014, 11:21 am

    Oh, I love your way of looking at things! I just *can.not.believe.* our ‘stuff’ is not going into the Museum of Holiday Decorations…. bwahahahaha!! As long as it makes me smile is the only thing I strive for now. My thinking is that if I smile I’ve done the most important thing right. It’s taken me years to get to this point, but knowing that I am now makes me smile. šŸ˜€ Enjoy your holidays Carolyn and thank you for all the inspiration you give and create…. looking forward to seeing all the good things you’ll do in 2015!

    • Carolyn Dube December 18, 2014, 11:38 am

      Thanks Caroline! I guess I should have softened that blow that our stuff isn’t going into a museum…lol The smile is what my goal is too! Happy holidays!

  • Corrine December 18, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Perfect size to put everywhere and so you with the great colors. xox

  • Jean Marmo December 18, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Super cute idea!!

  • Vicki ross December 18, 2014, 7:49 pm

    So true, Carolyn! That voice ruins a lot of stuff for a lot of people! I say, down with the bitch!!!!

  • Marit December 19, 2014, 2:50 am

    Good for you girl, now THAT’s the spirit! Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

  • Maria McGuire December 22, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I’m running to my basement. I went to a sale too….probably 10 years ago!!!! Use that stash! SO inspired!