Step 8: Steps 12

Is there a word for being grateful that you aren’t something, but then finding out that you are? I remember when I was a kid, I was soooo glad that I didn’t have allergies. I just had a cold for eight years. Seriously.  I thought I just caught a cold and never got rid of it. But thank Goodness I didn’t have allergies! And now I discover another thing I’m glad I don’t have, but I do. Creative Commons License photo credit: mathieu68 My family sucked... Read More

Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go

I think this is not going to be one of the merriest Christmases. I already knew that, what with the lack of money, lack of friends, lack of family… Sigh. But then I started the 2010 Authentic Threads Holiday Challenge and my mom decided to come visit, and I started to get excited about the season. But then my Granddad stopped remembering how to swallow. Ah, my Granda. I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately. I love my current Granddad; my old Alzheimer ridden Granddad.... Read More

Step 7: Rest

My friend called me today to tell me how she was doing.  I was tempted not to call back because I was so busy. Busy! Isn’t it funny how we create realities for ourselves and then become slaves to our own creations? Creative Commons License photo credit: treehouse1977 I ate some lunch, took a deep breath, climbed in my bed, and called her back. We only talked for about 15 minutes and it was completely refreshing. The fact of our conversation inspired me to rest from my self-imposed... Read More

Step 6: Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Tonight after a day full of much rushing about and getting and spending, I have paused to ask my Inner Wisdom what to do next. Creative Commons License photo credit: fPat Thoughts: I’m sneezing and  my nose is clogged, as usual. My lungs hurt. I’ve been getting tired early. I have chronic asthma and its really flaring up lately.  This is what I need to address. I’ve switched all my Christmas to do’s for tomorrow to other days and I’m focusing on... Read More

A Sleighfull of Free Christmas Music Downloads

I’m not listing my favorite Christmas songs this year, as I’ve done in the past. But I’m not going to be a total Grinch about Christmas music this year either. Creative Commons License photo credit: hans s Here are some great places to download FREE! LEGAL! Christmas and other winter holiday songs: 1. The Great 3hive You can find all kinds of awesome songs to download at 3hive. Hidden among them are a few Christmas gems, and I have found them for you: Click... Read More

Unexpected Gifts

Day 7 of I’m-Going-To-Have-A-Festive-Holiday-Season Goll Darnit! Whatever it takes! Festivus is us! Today, I’ve been working on getting the house spiffed up. This is one of those ginormous projects that I ask myself in the middle of it, WHAT am I doing? Do I really want to be doing this? Portrait by Alfred Sandford But I’ve been going forward, moving ahead, albeit slowly. I’m putting a lot of old framed family portraits up on the wall, and it looks really... Read More

Step 5: Ask Your Inner Wisdom

Day 6 of Get-Me-Through-The-Holidays-Without-Severe-Depression and all is going… fine. I’ll take fine. Creative Commons License photo credit: h.koppdelaney The Inner Mean Girl Reform School reccomends noticing what your inner critic/inner mean girl is saying, and then pausing and asking your Inner Wisdom what it has to say. This morning I tried it. Inner Mean Girl: You woke up late. You didn’t get to church. You’re already behind. The day is wasted. Wouch. Inner... Read More