Taking a Breather

With Thanksgiving behind us, and Christmas just ahead, it can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves. There's so much hurry, hurry, hurry, and now, now, now! Where can we find the time to sit in stillness, remember the true meaning of this season, and take care of ourselves?


Long walks, quiet time in the early morning, reading a good book, making time for a lingering lunch or dinner with a loved one or special friends, hiring professionals to cook, decorate, or clean for us, long and hot baths, and attending a fitness class are all things we can do to get through this time in one piece. Realistically, there's probably not a time during the year – much less during the holiday season! – to do all of the above. If you can, you're amazing, and I want your secret! For the rest of us, being intentional with our time and resources is all we can do.


My daughter, Laura, loves yoga and has encouraged me to try it. I did attempt a couple of sessions and felt that some of the positions would be attainable with time. Laura loves buti.tv, which has a 14-day free trial. Another great resource is Yoga with Adriene, which offers free classes, accessible for all levels, on YouTube. A walk outside whenever you can sneak one is also a great way to spend time with yourself, and in nature, which can be so restorative and healing.


What moments of quiet and self-care will you be able to weave into this holiday season? What have you practiced in the past to bring physical and mental rest? I'd love to hear more about you and your practices. You can always email me to say hello at johnnie@gabrielsdesserts.com.


Whatever your approach, I'll be thinking of you and your family this December and into the New Year. Please let us know what we at Gabriel's can do to make this season more festive and less stressful. I remain thankful for all of you – my customers, friends, and loved ones.




Johnnie Gabriel-McCann