Tag: Christmas

Rejoining The Human Race

Amazingly, it’s been almost five months since I last posted to this blog. And I pay for it! LOL  I’m not sure I still remember how to do it. Have I been through some struggles in that time? Of course, but you know what? So have you, so have we all! I’ve experienced some major… Read More ›

We’ll Take A Cup Of Nyquil Yet

I give up. I was actually trying to write a post every day this month for the Holidailies December challenge. You don’t have to have a theme, but I did, and my theme was – wait for it – holidays. 😉 Then, the day before yesterday, I got sick. I don’t know what it is, but… Read More ›

Five Easy Ways To Fight Holiday Weight Gain!

Oh, come on. It’s just a cookie. It’s not even a big one. You can eat it. You’ll get back on your diet after the New Year. How often have you heard those words, or even said them to yourself over holiday foods during this season? Don’t despair, it’s never too late to learn new… Read More ›

Happy Boxing Day!

Boxing Day traditionally falls on the first weekday after Christmas day. It’s a British holiday, but some others celebrate it I am sure. The custom is linked to an older English tradition. Since the servants would have to wait on their employers on Christmas Day, they were given the next day to go and visit… Read More ›

The Wisdom To Know The Difference

I went to a meeting this morning. I was so grateful there was an Al-Anon meeting on Christmas Eve morning that I could attend. The topic around the meeting was taking care of ourselves, but I heard a smattering of frustration and fear on the topic of holidays in general, my own included. I talked about how… Read More ›

Holiday Peace Be With You

Peace, both individual and world peace in general, has everything to do with the 3rd step I’ve learned in Al-Anon – made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.  Yesterday was both Humbug Day and Look at the Bright Side Day. How unusual, even ironic, to… Read More ›

Hold Out A Helping Hand

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James Do you realize that things you do, even little things that you might think nothing about, resonate with people for a long time? It’s true. We might not see the consequences of our actions immediately. I wrote a guest post for a… Read More ›

Eight Easy Exit Egresses!

So, you’re at a party and you’re read to go home. Trust me, I’ve been in this spot many times. Just as my own take on things, here are several ways you can take care of yourself and not call too much attention at the same time: 1. Park a little ways away from the madding… Read More ›

This Too Shall Pass

When things go wrong, as they sometimes do, I’m reminded by this slogan to hold on loosely; when things are going well, as they sometimes do too, I remember to hold on loosely but treasure each moment. Nothing lasts forever, and this too shall pass.  I made a choice yesterday in reaction to confusion, anger, and… Read More ›

Getting Through The Holiday Blues

Ever feel like this cartoon? That if you had to turn on the radio and hear one more freaking Christmas carol you would hurl the bleepety-bleep thing across the room? You’re not alone. Getting together with family members we haven’t seen in a while and expecting perfection can bring us down, especially afterward when the… Read More ›

Five Ways To Harness Holiday Stress!

Sometimes it can feel like if we look up the word “holiday” in the dictionary, we’ll find the word “stress” next to it. It’s like a given. But it doesn’t have to be, and today I’m going to list five ways to avoid holiday stress. 1. MEDITATE.  Meditation is different things for each individual.  I don’t think… Read More ›

Know When To Say No

This is the perfect time of year, I’ve noticed, to practice saying “no.”  There are invitations to attend parties, little get-togethers, even old friends call at this time of year and it’s normal want to, or even feel obligated to say yes to everything. But, there is only so much time, and only so much… Read More ›

Let Go of Expectations and Outcomes

I’m learning there’s a reason “Let go” comes before “Let God” in that particular recovery slogan. Have you ever watched a baby just before she falls asleep, if you happen to be blessed enough to hold her in your arms? The eyelids fight to stay open. They flutter closed, the tiny hands begin to relax… Read More ›

Tomorrow Can Wait

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~Buddha Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat? ~Goldie Hawn Forever… Read More ›

Sing!!

Whew! I hope you like this cartoon image. I bought it, and it came in a zip file. By the time I figured out how to put it in the file I needed it to be in order to upload it to this blog, I now have a tiny headache. lol But it’s cute, right?… Read More ›

Feelings Aren’t Facts: Make it a Mantra!

Maybe in your past you grew up in a chaotic or even abusive alcoholic family. Or maybe your family was dysfunctional in another way. No matter what, you learned to rely on your feelings as a barometer for what to do. If you felt scared, you ran and hid. If confronted by unwarranted anger, you… Read More ›

Decorate!

This year, we are putting up our tree for the first time since my father’s death 12 years ago. He died at 2:34 am on December 14, 2000. The year he died, he was too weak to make it down to the family room to see the Christmas tree, and passed on about a week… Read More ›

Getting Into The Spirits–er, Spirit!

Have you seen them yet? The Salvation Army bell ringers? They always put me into the Christmas spirit. It seems like, even if I have no money to spare, not even any change at the time, they always greet me with a “Merry Christmas!” and I can’t help but wish them the same. To me,… Read More ›

Thriving Through The Holidays – Theme for December!

This December, I will be participating in Holidailies, a challenge blogs around the world are participating in, to blog something each day of the month. I’m excited about this challenge, and I hope you will be too! I need something to get me back into daily posting. It doesn’t have to be themed, in fact it… Read More ›

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