Tis the season to be jolly and all that. For many this time of year is an exciting one, filled with hope and anticipation of gathering with family and friends, feasting and celebrating with loved ones and both giving and getting loads of presents that will delight and amuse everyone. For others it can be a time of great anxiety. Will there be enough to go around? Will there be fights and feuds on the big day? Will they like their presents? How will I pay the bills after this?

Hamster wheels – we all have them on the inside. Something happened to us one day in some barely remembered past moment, and BAM! In that moment we made it mean something and set it in stone.  And since then, every time something that even remotely reminds us of that original incident we hop on our hamster wheel of expectation and recreate the same thing with the same outcome.

a lovely sharing from an amazing mentor in my life. ?

One of the toughest things you’ll face is letting go of one of your heroes.

Feeling comfortable enough in your own skin, in company or alone, is an art that isn’t taught well enough in our society.

Here are some tips and hints for happiness I’ve learned:

  1. Take some time every day to sit and connect with yourself. How are you? I mean REALLY. Stop for a moment and take a breath. How ARE you? Still the whirling thoughts of how you think you are or how you think you should be and just relax for a moment. Be still and be here.