5 Ways to be Thankful

The holidays are a stressful time. Your routine is off, family schedules get complicated, plans shift as you figure out who is going to do what for Thanksgiving dinner. No matter how organized you might be, it can easily become chaotic and confusing. To add to that, you have the emotional component of spending time with family. Though you love each other, you notice yourself and others quickly reverting to old patterns of behavior. Past hurts may resurface as adults … Continue reading

Keep Calm and Get Organized: How to Save Money and Keep Your Sanity This Christmas Season

A big part of the holiday season is the hunt for Christmas gifts. However, many people find this yearly pursuit deeply stressful, not to mention expensive! For many people, December is a costly and trying month. Shops and malls are bursting at the seams with heaving crowds. Everywhere signs are tempting us with unbeatable deals and lines are longer than ever. Fortunately, there are ways to handle the chaos and stress. You do not have to throw yourself into the … Continue reading

The masks we wear

Halloween is about pretending.  We pretend to be somebody ~ or something ~ else and have fun doing so.  It is an acceptable and fun part of the celebration tradition.  We wear costumes and masks, all the while laughing and enjoying each others’ company.  I wondered recently how the tradition of costumes and masks originated and depending on where you look, you will find a variety of details.  However, the overall reason remains the same…we wear masks to hide.  As in … Continue reading

What If . . .?

I always loved the holidays.  But these past few years have been more difficult for me.  You see, four years ago, I lost my father to suicide just two weeks before Christmas.  Now, when the holidays come around, I often find myself thinking about his death.  I think about what was going on at the time, how busy I was getting ready for the holidays, and then, I start to think about my dad’s pain.  It was his pain then … Continue reading