Whether you call it the Holidays, like my Jewish friends, Ken and Natashia or Christmas or something else, it is a special time of year. There is the hustle and bustle of the season, the gifts. and the dining table laden with festive food. What better time to gather with friends or family to watch […]
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What is your intention for handling the January trend to make New Year’s resolutions? Have you ever given up, felt guilty and given yourself 10 nasty thought lashes for breaking those New Year’s resolutions? I have! You might have vowed to lose weight, eat healthily, exercise more, learn a second language, learn to play an […]
How about downsizing this Christmas? For some people, this upcoming season is filled with oughts, shoulds, musts, and have to’s. After gift shopping, wrapping, card writing, holiday baking, home decorating – inside and outside, bringing home the tree, party hosting and preparation of the turkey feast, many folks are financially, physically and mentally depleted. Indeed, […]
Take the cookie roll out of the fridge and cut into slices. Is that stress relieving or what?
In 2015 I organized a national Canadian Mother’s Day writing contest called WOW MOM: Honoring Resilient Mothers. Contestants wrote a tribute to a mom. Five objective readers decided the top winners who were given prizes worth over one thousand dollars. The top eight entries are below. I hope these tributes inspire you to write a […]
It was November 20 when the first Christmas card arrived and November 24 when a clerk asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?” The pressure of Christmas Countdown was in the air! Yes, now that it is December, we have greeting cards ready to add a personal message and send off. My hubby has turned on […]
More than any other time of year we add to our To Do lists. It has been said that on average women add an extra 60 activities to their lists. Many of those items are I should do’s–a sure way to add distress to body, mind and soul.
Years ago, when Les and I were raising our young children, I noticed they became distressed in December. Television commercials made the toys look exciting and larger. While sitting on Santa’s lap they were asked, “What do you want for Christmas?” They wrote letters to the jolly old man and crossed their fingers. Christmas hype […]
My hubby said to me, “I want our cards to read Merry Christmas, not Seasons Greetings. I want to celebrate Christmas.” Hmm, but what meaning does he attribute to the word and celebration we call ‘Christmas’? What is his TRUE meaning of Christmas? T’was the night before an interesting discussion. Oftentimes, we are told we […]
Like many mothers, I have had breakfast served in bed by broad smiling children. Yes, on Mothers Day. Some years, I probably did not deserve the honor! Curious? Read on! The Beginning of Mother’s Day Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother’s Day. Her mother died, and […]
Both having fun and increasing your support are resiliency strengthening strategies.