holidays

A holiday blessing

They’re here! The holidays are upon us!   With only two days til Christmas, now is that time when it all gets a little more real. For those who choose to spend holiday time with their narcissistic family, it’s a time of deep breaths, pre-planning your exit strategy, and deciding how to respond to those…

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Practicing Self-Kindness During the Holidays

I know it’s cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway. Can you believe Christmas is only a week and a half away?! When did that happen?   It’s funny how time works with big events. They can feel so far off – until suddenly they’re looming up in front of you. The busy-ness of…

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20 Questions to Help You Gain Clarity

How many times have we seen it in movies – the main character is stuck at a crossroads and asks a question of his wise old mentor figure. (It’s usually something along the lines of “Which way do I go?”) And almost inevitably, the mentor replies “That’s the wrong question.”   Usually, the main character…

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I Am Grateful for Your Faults

In the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle’s very relatable heroine Meg travels across the universe (several times) to save her family. Despite her fears and her belief that she is deeply unprepared, Meg faces each obstacle as it comes. She suffers for her efforts, and has to come face to face with…

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Why you still feel small around your emotionally abusive family

Learning the dance   When I was in middle and high school, I performed in my dance studio’s annual, original Christmas show: The Adventures of Rudolph. Although the storyline differed from the classic animated movie and song, the show was beloved by young children throughout my area. At this time of year, we would have…

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When You’re Too Much and Not Enough (At the Same Time)

It’s happening again.   Your heart is starting to pound, your palms feel sweaty, and that little voice in your head won’t stop shrieking the same thing: It’s happening again! Those same little “jokes” that always seem to contain a sharp little jab; that same somehow challenging laughter as everyone looks at you expectantly, waiting…

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A Season of Self-Care

We have officially entered the eye of the storm – that short period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we try to recover from the aftermath of one holiday while throwing ourselves into preparations for the next. If your Thanksgiving was a happy holiday, this time may feel busy and bustling, but otherwise ok.…

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Giving Thanks

Between October 31 and November 1, the world changes. For some, November 1 is the official start date of the Christmas and holiday season. They turn on their Christmas music, bring out the decorations, and start perusing sale ads in preparation for holiday gift-giving. Others prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving, and focus on the…

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A Time for You

Tis the season for many things: apple pies, warm sweaters, cinnamon candles, eating too much, and spending time with loved ones. Thanksgiving is one of our most family-centric holidays, kicking off a season of celebrations, parties, and dinners. We travel more around Thanksgiving than any other time of the year and it’s hard to imagine…

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