Birds’ eye view of my desk today. Aaaaaaah! Piles everywhere! And I’ve not even showed you the piles on the floor beside it, and I won’t. I deserve to take a break, and so that’s just what I’m doing. I was able to squeeze in some work while Vito slept for the afternoon, and I also managed to squeeze in an indulgent little merienda (afternoon snack) of what I call the “unholy trinity”…

The unholy trinity: Biscoff, butter, and batard bread

So, about taking it slow. Why? Well, simply because in the last few months, I’ve been on overdrive, what with the WAHMderful Life Workshops taking flight, planning for the next workshop in January, and meeting with clients and business partners. Whew!

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not been all work and no play. I have had time for other things. We caught The Rise of the Guardians two weeks ago, and last Saturday, I signed up for a course on espresso-making, over at the Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy. Something new! Here’s my cup, which took all of 18 seconds to brew in the espresso maker (Yes, like those in Starbucks).

This will spoil other coffees for me. Goodbye, americano.

Learning how to make a perfect espresso is just one of the new things I’d been meaning to do. I have a hundred others I’ve yet to achieve. And I know I need to slow down and make time for them, if I’m really going to expect to do them.

But most of all, I want to slow down because I need more moments like this:

Now that Christmas is a mere 12 days away, I’m purposely taking time to slow down. I’ve always approached the season with joy and excitement, and this year is no different. Well, I’m busier this year than I’ve ever been, and it’s just right that I take stock of the last 11 months, slow down, pray and anticipate the busy-ness of the next year. As early as now, I plan to map out my work at home schedule so I can have ample time with Ton and Vito… and perhaps see one (or three? Five?) of my other life list goals through to fruition.

Most of all, I’m taking the next few days to remember the why of Christmas. After reading my friend Mich’s post today, I was reminded to slow down and take things easy before the season gets too hectic. I don’t want to miss out on spending time in prayer either, because even though I am not a “holy, holy” person, I am infinitely grateful that Christmas is all about God’s saving grace, His story of salvation for mankind, His Son Jesus.

And for your listening pleasure, here’s one of my favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy the next few days, everyone!

(Speaking of slowing down: If you have time, you might want to check out our Spend-Less Christmas blog carnival for more tips on how to celebrate this season more meaningfully.)

How busy are you these days? Have you taken the time to slow down?