Advent: A Season of Anticipation & Contemplation

Advent…what does it mean?  The first thought that came to mind was the Advent calendar we get each year with the little chocolates hiding behind the door of each day. As a child, I remember the Advent candles at church. I knew it was a time leading up to Christmas, but beyond that, there wasn’t much more that came to mind, until this year. 

Why this year? Hmmmm…good question self, “Why this year?” I think that somehow because of the “missed” holidays with family last year, this year seems somehow HISTORIC to me. The best way I can describe it would be like in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol when Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning and realizes he is alive and there is so much to experience and give to the world. I feel like that!

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Thanksgiving 2021: This Year, the Table Means More

A few weeks ago I was watching season 3 of The Lost Kitchen. If you haven’t watched it, it is phenomenally inspiring in so many ways. It is one of the shows on The Magnolia Network on Discovery Plus currently. 

Erin French is the owner, founder, chef and overall creative force of The Lost Kitchen, a restaurant in Freedom, Maine. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, her story is not one of privilege or glamour but one of struggle, heartache and a mother’s determination to learn from the lumps and bumps in life to create the best version of one’s self. In my opinion, what better message for a mother to instill in a child. Her background information is not really in the show much but is in her fabulous book called Finding Freedom.

I sound like a stalker…LOL. I swear I am not. I am a fan. However, I think I am mostly a fan of her contagious expressions of gratitude. Being the week of Thanksgiving, what better time to talk about gratitude. I think because of the struggles in her life, she exudes an essence of gratitude that is rarely communicated in the genuinely sincere way she is able to verbalize it.

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DIY Wellness Travel: Thanksgiving weekend

This year, our Thanksgiving plans will be local with my side of the family. However, next year we will have different plans since we move out of state next summer. I know we will want to maximize the long weekend, no matter what city we are in! 

Isn’t that true of any long weekend? We hope to catch-up ~ on sleep, on projects, on quality time together and get recharged before we all head back to school and work. Thanksgiving weekend is a nice long weekend full of potential! We just need to follow the DIY Wellness Travel steps: plan, pack, coordinate and enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Activities to Connect With Your Kids

I have been dreaming about getting together again with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Like most of you, we spent last year at home. It was unique and was special in its own way, but I am more than ready to celebrate the holidays with extended friends and family again, fingers crossed. 

I keep catching myself remembering past Thanksgivings. So many great memories have been swirling around in my brain.  There have also been a couple of memories that just didn’t sit well with me. Maybe it was because for the first time last year, my son, husband and I had the entire day with each other. I suddenly realized that there have been many Thanksgivings when I barely spent any time with my son. He was having fun playing with cousins

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Eat Until Your Heart’s Content

Ok! So recently, I saw this really cool fact that said that part of the reason that we gain weight over the holidays is actually because we get less vitamin D during the late fall/winter months! Before you stop reading because I gave you more information than you ever wanted about vitamin D last time, I promise you this isn’t another article about vitamin D! Ok! The other reason we gain weight is because we are simply eating more food! I know for me, eating doesn’t just increase because of all of the yummy treats we tend to make over the holidays. For me, eating increases because of stress! So while we may need that extra dose of vitamin D too, I say we also need a better solution for stress eating! I know we all love our families, but if we are completely honest, having everyone over to the house, cooking for 20 plus people and providing lodging for relatives coming from out of town can definitely increase our need to self soothe with food! I have tried to quit emotional eating.  I have tried, and I have failed. I don’t want you to think I am going to try and reinvent the wheel in this one article for you though. Instead, I am going to give you some fun information about how to make the foods that we often consume over the holidays work in a whole new way for you!

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There is Hope When YOU Can’t Forgive

As I was thinking about this topic, the verse, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” just kept coming up over and over again. The Bible never ceases to amaze me. I am often struck by the powerful message that comes through in the simplest of phrases. But, that’s God for you. My mess of a brain is filled to the brim with chaos and noise and then a word or two from Him clears it away. This verse was no different.

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What moves you?

Even though we shouldn’t, I think most of us look at ourselves in the mirror at least once a day and find something wrong with our reflection. Maybe you see wrinkles, frown lines, freckles, stretch marks, loose skin, dimples on the wrong cheeks? I know I have seen many of those flaws in my own reflection. Every day we look at ourselves and judge ourselves. Meanwhile, I have a little girl that I am trying to make so fiercely confident in herself that it doesn’t matter what the world may throw at her, she is ready to face it head on!  I tell her every day how beautiful she is, how funny she is, how amazing she is! I am trying to pump her up and make her believe she can and will do anything she wants to do! She is 7 and she is so full of sass (but not in a disrespectful way!) that I think I must be doing a great job as her hype man! I bet you are all doing the same thing for your daughters.

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The Possible Lost Key to Meeting Your Goals

I am not going to lie, I did some real soul-searching for this blog post. Goal setting for me is a bit of a sore subject. Let’s just say I am wealthy in ideas and poor in execution. I could rattle off a dozen or so major things that I said I was going to do in my life and never did.

Ahhh yes, remember the time I thought I was going to leave the counseling field? I took a week off of work and sat through a real estate certification course and then never took my test! Or, how about when I was going to become a professional chef? Oh yeah, and there was that time I purchased an online course to become an interior designer. Then there was that time I purchased a package to work on publishing my own novel. YUP…never completed ANY of them! 

You may be asking yourself why in the heck would I read a blog post from a person who has difficulty meeting goals when the topic is on meeting goals? I don’t blame you. But let me give you a reason to hang with me just a little bit longer. 

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