Crazy With a Side of Stress

It seems like the last few weeks have been crazy with a side of stress. At least that’s how I’d describe it. In general I try to manage whatever comes my way by writing lists, getting organized, and most importantly granting myself a little grace. That plan usually serves me well but this year I’ve been taken to task. I thought I’d share what the crazy and side of stress is all about and how I plan to remedy the situation so I can enjoy the holidays with those I hold most dear.

While I don’t get invited to many social outings, it seems the ones I am invited to all fall on the same week. Tonight I’m attending an ornament exchange which is always a fancy affair. It’s the one event I get dressed up for – but isn’t that what women do? We get all glammed up to spend the night with a bunch of women! Here’s what I am thinking I’ll wear:
I’m not too worried about being sleeveless but I’ll bring my moto jacket (similar) just in case. I’ve worn it 5 days this week! I’ve been anxious to wear this velvet top (under $20!) – the blue is so pretty. I’ll wear these party shoes.

Saturday my plans include baking and wrapping presents. In the middle of the day I have to drive my neighbor to the airport but then I’ll be back at it. Each night this week I’ve been trying to bake a batch of cookies but I’ll need to finish up so Collin can deliver the cookies to his teachers on Monday!

On Sunday we have our Annual Family Brunch. I look forward to it every year. Our adopted uncle (my parents neighbor since I was 8) hosts in his decked out, over the top, gorgeous Christmas home. I’ll be sure to share pictures. I’m not sure what I’ll wear because the high is expected to be 80 degrees which has me completely disappointed. All these cool days we’ve been enjoying are about to come to an abrupt halt. Each year I make this Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce. It is honestly so good and easy!

I ordered Christmas cards before Thanksgiving and I’ve had them since Black Friday. However, I have yet to address even one! I will get to it but I’ve been a bit distracted lately. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Monday I indulged in outlet shopping with my bestie Windy. The day was good for my soul and I knocked a few things off my list. Santa told me it was okay to head into Kate Spade and do my part to stimulate the economy. I’m nothing if not compliant!
Tuesday I drove to Gainesville to pick up Nolan, so that’s by far the BEST news of the week. My college boy is home and half way through his sophomore year. I enjoy his company so much and those hours together in the car provide an opportunity for uninterrupted conversation! If I could say one thing to parents today it would be this: hang up your phone and talk to your kids!

My beautiful friend Andrea sent me the sweetest package this week. Not only is she in the middle of moving into a new house, selling an old house, working, being a terrific mom and wife but she is thoughtful. I am blown away and blessed.

Here’s the source of my stress: I am changing jobs in a big way. I am leaving my school district and I have accepted a position with Florida Virtual School as an elementary school counselor! While this is most definitely a positive change for me it’s still a MAJOR change and therefore a source of stress. It’s hard to leave the kids, teachers, and staff I know and love but for many reasons this is the right thing and I am looking forward to all the wonderful things I’ll do in my new (work from home) position!

So yeah, it’s a lot. But here’s how I’m keeping my sanity: grace, plain and simple. I’m granting myself grace to take a break when I need to and watch all the Hallmark movies, read a book, and rather than beat myself up I am laughing. You know what else? If a Christmas card arrives after Christmas it’s totally okay. The sentiment and well wishes are the same – the card says you care and that’s all the matters. How do you stay sane this time of year? Do you feel like you have more stress this time of year? Are you changing jobs? I want you to know I get it because I am there.

Make this the best weekend my friends, enjoy every moment!

XO,
Kellyann
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  1. Jaymie Ashcraft
    December 15, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Good luck with the new job!!! I’m loving that tank, I can’t believe we only have a week left.
    Jaymie

    • Kellyann
      December 15, 2017 / 8:28 am

      I know, a week? Crazy! We got to school until next Thursday, it’s gonna fly by!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. Andrea
    December 15, 2017 / 7:44 am

    LOVE YOU FRIEND!!!! So happy to shower you with some Christmas Cheer!! YES to your sweet boy being home, he is so hip with those overalls! I know this has weighed heavy on your heart, leaving your school but remember great things are in store for you dear friend and soon all this shall be behind you! You are one velvet babe, I adore that top! Have a wonderful weekend with your precious family!! Hugs and Cheers! xoxoxo

    • Kellyann
      December 15, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Thank you my friend! You are such a bright light in my life, I appreciate it.
      Ugh, Nolan and his style of clothing…we don’t agree on the clothes he wears but he likes what he likes! I’m not a fan of the overalls but he sure is. He has always had such a strong personality, but I am so thrilled to have him home.
      I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, it sounds like it will be DIVINE!
      Hugs to you!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. December 15, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Congrats on the job switch- I went through that exact transition 3 years ago- going from classroom teaching to cyber and now I only do cyber. I love it! I think you will too. Have a great weekend
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    • Kellyann
      December 15, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Oh Deena, that is great to hear! I didn’t know you did cyber teaching. Everyone keeps saying I’ll love it but I know the transition will be difficult at first. I’m going to work for three of my old principals so I trust the people I’m working for – they have such a love and passion for kids and so do I.
      Thanks for the encouragement!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. December 15, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Kellyann, This is a great post! I love the velvet blue top! Btw, I wouldn’t worry about Nolan’s choice in clothes. There’s much worse. College seems to be a time for crazy clothes, especially for guys. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Kellyann
      December 15, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Carla, I appreciate it! Nolan seems to be channeling his inner Kurt Cobain (style wise) and it drives me crazy! I have never been a fan of the grunge look but I am a fan of Nolan’s so I guess I’ll have to get over it!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. December 15, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Well you won’t be having a blue Christmas even if you are wearing blue and looking beautiful. And those shoes are 😍so cute😍. That will be the perfect holiday glam outfit for a night with your friends. That Andrea…she’s just amazing!!! What a sweet heart. Yesterday was my last day of bible study for the year, so now I feel like I can totally focus on Christmas and having fun with my goofy girl. I’m so happy Nolan is home and your nest is full. I can’t wait to get to VA and have my family all together. I’m as so excited for you and your new job. I know you will miss your old school, but I think you are going to love working from home! Enjoy the brunch this weekend and save me some of that bread pudding. Yum! Happy weekend sweet friend. XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      December 15, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Oh you are so sweet! I so appreciate all of your support, it’s been nice to share stuff with you on messenger. I wish you were here to help me eat some of that bread pudding because OH MY WORD is it ever good!
      Right now I’m exhausted after a full day at work and I’ve been up since 4am. Somehow I have to transform myself into a glamour girl and get ready to party – pray for me!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. Windy Ellard
    December 15, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Great blog post! Nolan can write, right? I would have him address those cards and mail them for you. Bribe him with cookies or clothes shopping! Whatever it takes. Have fun tonight!

    • Kellyann
      December 16, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Sounds like a nice idea but I write Christmas cards as I go through my address book, I don’t have a list. Having anyone help would be more work than it’s worth. I just need about an hour to get them knocked out! You know he’d do anything for shopping money – ha! But so would I!
      Thanks my friend – you need to swing my next week and check out the kitchen. Brian has 3 cabinet pulls to do!
      Love ya!
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 16, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Thanks Jacqui!

  7. December 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Congratulations on your new position! Change can be so hard, but I am sure this will be a positive change for you! Love that velvet top! It’s beautiful!
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    • Kellyann
      December 16, 2017 / 6:51 am

      Thanks, yes, change is difficult and there will be a learning curve but I’m sure it will be fantastic. I’m ready!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. December 16, 2017 / 11:14 am

    How exciting! I had to take a sick day this week….and I literally stayed in my bed the entire day. I needed the rest mentally and physically in a quiet house. Sometimes when it gets so crazy I forget to take care of me. As long as I pause for a bit I’m much more able to tackle the to do list and actually enjoy myself while doing it. Can’t wait to here about your new adventures!
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    • Kellyann
      December 17, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Good for you Shelly, it’s good to really take a break. I am so looking forward to our Christmas break, I hope time goes super slowly and we all get the rest we need. And then…the new job! Ugh, I am excited and scared but mostly looking forward to a new adventure.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. December 16, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Oh, how exciting!! A new job and it will be so nice to work from home in your jammies and get a load of laundry done here and there while working! Ha! It is so interesting how so many jobs can be done virtually now! You will be awesome at it!!! And congrats! Andrea is so sweet, I always enjoy stopping by her blog. I have a blog friend I’ve become really close to over the years and we always send each other a Christmas and birthday package! It is funny, because we got to know each other through a random gift exchange and now we text each other all day long!! I am hoping to get some wrapping done this weekend and I always like to do a simple photo of my kids by the tree and then I do Walgreens 1 Hour for my Christmas cards. I hope to get the photo taken on Thursday when they’re off school and then HOPEFULLY I can get the cards out on Friday! Totally late this year, but it is the best I can do!! Plus, I was waiting on a dress for Autumn to wear and it only arrived just this last week the day OF her Christmas play at school! Eek! Ok this is getting long LOL- have a great weekend!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      December 17, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks Carrie! I am looking forward to the new job and working from home. Yes, it will be so nice to get laundry done, start dinner, etc. I will still have to get dressed – at least from the waist up because I will be visiting classroom virtually to present character ed lessons. I told my friend I’ll be business on the top and party on the bottom, lol.
      So this weekend I baked and baked, got my wrapping done, addressed Christmas cards and forgot to buy stamps- ha! Those dang cards are just not meant to get out this year.
      Whether your cards arrive before or after Christmas everyone will love seeing your kids smiling faces!
      Blog friendships are interesting, I love the back and forth conversations and real life stuff doesn’t get in the way so it’s easy to get to know one another on a kinda deep level. I’ll be out shopping and see something and think, “oh my goodness that looks like something Andrea would love” and it’s funny because I don’t even know the sound of her voice yet I consider her a close friend! Oh well, glad you and I have become blog friends too Carrie!
      Have a fabulous week!
      xo,
      Kellyann

      • December 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

        You are too sweet! Blogs friends are def. the best, glad to have you! And, this may make you laugh… I was at the post office mailing a package the other day and got Christmas stamps… I just need the Christmas cards still, so I have the opposite problem!

        Carrie
        curlycraftymom.com
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        • Kellyann
          December 18, 2017 / 5:01 pm

          Hahaha, you and I would make a great pair then! I swear these cards are just taking a sweet forever to get done. I am hoping to put them in the mail tomorrow – finally!
          xo,
          Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 18, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 18, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Alyson! I feel so blessed to be his mama!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  10. December 19, 2017 / 8:08 am

    First of all Congratulations on your new job! I can see why it’s a cause of stress especially this time of year. Secondly wowzers on your crazy schedule! I dislike that when it happens and everyone decides it must be funny to schedule things all at the same week or day! Thirdly thank you for the reminder to stop with the phone or computer and spend time with the kid or those around us. I’ll be the first to admit since I started blogging I have been having a hard time trying to stop. Not because I don’t want to but because feel like I am behind or still trying to figure out my way this whole blogosphere stuff. But you look great in your holiday outfit. I love the color of your top. The sheeny metallic is just gorgeous. Congrats again!

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    • Kellyann
      December 19, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Thanks Maureen! I appreciate it. Yes, this crazy week leading up to Christmas is exhausting. I know what you mean about trying to figure your way around the blog stuff, I’m in the same boat. But I have to keep reminding myself it’s a hobby and it’s supposed to be fun, I can’t be a slave to social media because then it’ snot fun anymore. Oh well, we’ll figure it all out eventually, right? I hope you are having a wonderful week and that you’re ready for the Big Day!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. December 26, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    An ornament exchange sounds fun! I love the blue on you, very pretty! The moto looks greatt!Being in NC i wear my winter coat about 2 months out of the year. I have a collection of motos that i enjoy wearing , so I know what you are coming from. Love the shoes too, very fancy! Your job sounds interesting , the new one you are starting! i used to teach elementary and music , and it can be tough to change the familiar. Sending best wishes, youll do great!
    thanks for linking! Happy Holidays!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Kellyann
      December 26, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks so much Jess, I still can’t believe I am making this change, I am excited to begin something new and I know mu sweet little Shih Tzu is going to love having me home with her!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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