Dealing with Holiday Depression

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? Everyone basks in the joy of the season. Everyone feels warm and fuzzy. We’re all a little nicer to one another (except on Black Friday), and it’s generally a happy time. Only for some of us, it simply isn’t. According to Google holiday depression is a legitimate malady, which frankly, is a relief. It’s nice to know that enough people deal with this that it has an official name. not so happy holidays My older brother passed away when I was fourteen, and that’s the first time I remember Christmas being

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Traveling With Children: Whose Idea Was This?

My husband is originally from Savannah, Georgia. His mother still lives there, so we make the trip several times a year. I love my boys. I love their sweet little faces, the way they smell. I love to watch them discover the world. I hate being in a car with them for seven hours. My first born is a smart kid; he’s very inquisitive and wants to know as much as possible about as many things as possible. Truly, it’s a fantastic quality. Only it’s a terrible quality when you are in a tiny box for hours on end and

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Resolutions that Last: Setting Goals

As I said in my initial post, this year has seen me become what feels like a completely different person than I was when it began. I  understand wanting to make changes within your own life and having no idea where to start. What’s worse is getting started, making great changes, and then falling back into old habits. I am here to help, because after so many years of starting and stopping and rinsing and repeating, I’ve found a formula for lasting changes that works for me and if it works for me, it can work for literally anyone. Define why

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Confronting My Flaws

So that’s it, right? I hit rock bottom, decided I needed to change and did. What could be easier? If only! Were such an undertaking so simple, I doubt I’d have ended up here in the first place.   To be sure, there are plenty of my flaws I’ve no problem acknowledging: I’m a know-it-all, I’m stubborn, I can have a bit of a temper. The other flaws, though. Those are a different story.  These are the flaws we all have, the ones we see as potentially fatal. If you are anything like me you have taken great care to suppress these flaws, to

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The Catalyst

It’s worth noting that this pregnancy was different from the beginning. I didn’t feel as good as I had with my first son: no energy, ever-present nausea, and a general feeling of “I’m not myself.” Most unsettling was that I didn’t feel the instant (in-utero) connection with this baby that I felt with his brother; it was as if I had no attachment to the child I was growing. He was there, I was his vessel, and that was the extent of it. It was alarming to say the least. I was terrified that this would continue, that my baby would arrive and

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The Birth of a Blog

I’ve been in the process of starting a blog for years; I’ve toyed with the idea and talked myself out of it for fear of failure. About a million times. What does a failed blog look like? I have no idea, but that’s what I always told myself to avoid taking the plunge. In August I bought a domain name (not this one) and since then I’ve been trying to figure out what to say. Then inspiration struck! 2017 has been a transformational year for me, and I don’t use that word lightly. When you look back over the year and

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