And just like that – it’s 2023!

Ah, the magic of New Year’s Eve, a day and night filled with hope, dreams, and good intentions. We make the time to look back, reflecting upon the past year and measure what went right, and what went wrong. We commit to ceasing our ‘bad’ habits on January 1st, then find ourselves sickened from the leftover Christmas cookies and candy by end of day, disgusted by our ‘lack’ of willpower.  Continue reading “And just like that – it’s 2023!”

Auld Lang Syne – Maybe, but maybe not. Five Questions to Ask Yourself as We Enter 2023. Loop

Another year will soon be behind us, a catalog of experiences and memories – some to be remembered, some we may want to forget.

Yet when all is said and done, 2023 is on our doorstep and it is up to us to set the course for the next 12 months (though I suggest you start with the first three, setting quarterly intentions and goals, breaking them into smaller bits rather than big bites that could leave you with terrible indigestion!) Continue reading “Auld Lang Syne – Maybe, but maybe not. Five Questions to Ask Yourself as We Enter 2023. Loop”

The blood, sweat, and tears of homemade gifts.

As I close in on 2 am, exhausted yet satisfied with tonight’s accomplishments, I recalled a countless number of folks who dismissed homemade gifts over my accumulative years of life.

The candied pecans, Christmas cookies, or crocheted crafts. A patchwork quilt, knitted sweater, or embroidered wall art.

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Bah – no humbug about it!

Me: I must send my holiday cards. I’m so late! So behind! This is the last year. I’m done. I’m not sending them next year.

Also me: Oh, *#@&, I might have run out of room. Can I fit a few words more? Is there anyone I’ve forgotten? Do I have enough cards?

Can anyone relate?!

‘Tis the season! Make it magical. Even if you don’t think you’re in the mood, trust me – you’ll find the spirit once you start.

Happiness is not a destination.

“I just want to be happy.”

Don’t we all!

It’s commonplace for human beings to desire happiness above all else. It’s as natural as the air we breathe.

No one wants to feel sad, alone, or stagnant. No one wants to feel angry, anxious, or despondent.

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Criticism: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

When we hear the word criticism, it can evoke a number of feelings.

It may spark memories of a relative or friend who consistently belittled us, putting us down and criticizing everything we did. Nothing was ever good enough. We always felt less than and insecure, possibly stunting our potential because of someone else’s opinion – someone we liked, loved and respected.

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Giving Thanks – Not for Everyone.

As we embark on the Thanksgiving holiday, I cannot help but think of those who may not have much to be thankful for.

It’s easy for some of us to joyfully declare that there is always something to be grateful for, no matter how dire our situation may seem.

We’re alive! We woke up this morning! We can make this day anything we want it to be!

But those of us who are proclaiming that have a roof over our head, heat in our homes, and food on our table. We awoke with a pain or an ache, maybe two or more, but we put our feet on the floor and started our day with gratitude. Continue reading “Giving Thanks – Not for Everyone.”

How do you define loneliness?

Today my uncle (thank you) posted a frequently seen, yet never old, quote:

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not.The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” – Robin Williams.

We lost a great man when Robin chose to take his own life. He was a talented, witty, and generous human being who aimed to bring joy to those around him.

Each of us feels lonely from time to time.

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An Unplanned Hiatus.

It’s been such a long time since I’ve crafted a post, and how I’ve missed writing.

We make the time for what’s important to us, and writing is central to my existence, yet there are times when we find ourselves juggling priorities – and something has to give.

My full-time work must always rank number one, and it’s a demanding job that I am committed to.

My soul work seems to have grown legs, and I find myself searching for more hours in each given day to keep it all going.

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