I have to be honest with so much illness, death and heartache in my life at the moment it has taken me a while to get into the christmas spirit.
My thoughts and my time has been consumed with looking after the people in my life currently going through some extremely difficult situations.
Today however, I stopped for what feels like the first time in ages, I spent time by myself and I reflected on what has been a pretty crappy year for so many people in my life.
I reminded myself that in order to keep helping others I need to start by looking after myself; relaxing, sleeping, laughing, spending time with friends and being creative.
So today I put up my tree and I got creative, decorating, taking photos and making gifts for people.
Giving to others is important, but as I have said before, looking after yourself is essential.
In all my efforts to care for everyone who needs me, I forgot to care about me, I ran myself into the ground and I allowed my tiredness to unleash a little crazy to some people close to me.
Christmas is a time for giving, for celebrating, so I am celebrating my beautiful life, my beautiful friends, and reclaiming my zest for life.
I am giving myself a rest day, so tomorrow I can be strong again and be there for those who need me to be strong for them.
So my friends whatever is going on in your life right now please be kind to yourself and continue to be kind to others.