December 22, 2021
top trending topics
💥 Get ready to start the new year off with a bang!
🛡️ Resolutions for the new year can affect marriages more than you think.
💛 You can have healthy relationships even during the busy holidays.
🗣️ Don’t let lulls in conversation happen at the table this year.
✨ Find yourself in the present this holiday season.
tips & tricks for growth
put a stop to those unwanted convos without hurting relationships
Picture this: You’re having an EXHAUSTING conversation with extended family. Maybe it’s that aunt you only see once a year who always wants to peck at your marriage, career choices, parenting skills, or even bring up the political topics… There seems to be no easy or natural escape route, but you’ve got to get away for your own sanity. You know that stopping the conversation can hurt the relationship. What do you do?
You may want to stop the conversation for several reasons:
- The topic is too controversial, and it’s not worth potentially fracturing the relationship. (Religion, politics, social justice, morality, parenting, etc.)
- It’s gotten too personal. (Unresolved issues, things you don’t want to share, topics you disagree on regarding how you live your life, and so on.)
- It’s simply time to move on. You have other commitments or people to talk to.
- The conversation feels like gossip.
- Your history with this person leads you to believe that this convo won’t end well.
- You don’t feel equipped to talk about the topic.
I’m sure you can come up with all kinds of reasons you’d want or need to stop a conversation. These tips are sure to help you get through convos this season!
find your contentment in 2022
While being happy and content in the new year may seem to be elusive sometimes, many people believe it will come to them through some external means like finding the right job, the right spouse or making a certain amount of money.
Research suggests that happiness does not come from someplace or someone else. Those things or people might contribute to a person’s happiness, but true happiness comes from within. And this is still true when it comes to being content in the new year!
As you think about being content in the new year ahead, perhaps you are considering some changes in order to be a happier person.
Here are a few things to think about as we head into the new year:
Love and accept yourself for who you are.
Be accountable for your actions.
Stop trying to change others.
Determine your priorities and live by them.
Start with abundance in your life.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Margo Mathis, wife to her husband of 2 years, Jebediah, dog momma to Maggie, expecting girl mama, and the Marketing Assistant here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
😋 My absolute favorite sweet treat this time of year is Graham Cracker Candy. My mom always makes a big batch and keeps it out for us to snack on throughout our holiday festivities. Have a little romantic baking date night with your spouse and give this recipe a try!
📲 I’ve been on a journey of using less toxic products in our home and on our bodies. The Think Dirty App has been a game-changer in making these cleaner swaps. I just simply type in the type of product I’m looking for and read the toxicity level before I purchase. Super easy to use when you’re picking up those last-minute travel toiletries!
⏱️ The alarm/timer app on my phone is probably my most used app. If you’re like me and come by forgetfulness honestly, it’s helpful to set alarms and label them for each purchase. Whether it’s switching the laundry to the dryer, cooking timers, or even a reminder to take your vitamins (Yes, I’m that forgetful!), this app can be used for way more than your wake-up call!
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