It’s that time of year again!

The holidays are fast approaching. For many of us this is a time to enjoy fantastic parties, meals, and reconnect with loved ones. As you may know, I am the oldest of 11, and although my proximity to family might prevent me from hosting a celebration for them, I truly enjoy playing hostess. I am definitely one of those hosts who can make too much food, and start too many projects simultaneously that ‘must be completed’ before my guests arrive. While these actions stem from a genuine intent to care for others, I sometimes wind up frazzled and miss out on just enjoying the company of those around me…particularly those who are working to help me with preparations. (I love you, husband!) I still like that I often have the willingness and capacity to take on so much and play the organized multi-tasker, but it is important to remind myself to truly celebrate the moment I’m in (even if that moment is spilling gravy on myself) with whatever company is present.

Happy Hump Day!

As I say this today, I already know to expect a myriad of responses, from “Thanks, you too!” to “Ugh, this week sucks!” Not every day feels great, I’m aware of that. Not every moment feels great. My question for you is, ‘Is there greatness lurking within the suckage?’ I think you get where I am going with this. There is always some sort of road block to which we can give ‘the power to sour’ our existence. As the saying goes: “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. “ By the way, did you know that the Dalai Lama said this? I didn’t until just now. J

My husband Brian and I are moving from our home in Charlotte, NC to the Sacramento, CA in less than 2 months. We just relocated to Charlotte a few months ago from Manchester, NH. We have been interested in moving to the Bay Area for quite some time, but unexpectedly fell in love with Charlotte. That’s the way love goes, right Janet? So, basically we got everything we wanted at long last, and I’m tempted to complain about it. It’s crazy how easy it is to do that. This morning I shared with my Yoga instructor that our move to California will be bittersweet, because I am sad to leave the community I’ve found here. She wisely reminded me that just the fact I realized what I will be leaving behind has created an opening I will seek to fill in my new home. I realized that she is right….I mean I literally just went through this. I totally fell in love with a place I thought I would hate, and I’m a better person for it. I am already looking for a new yoga studio in the area. Brian and I already have tickets for a Rancid concert in San Francisco. I will seek out ways to get to know the community, and be the vibrant, useful person I was created to be. I’m not going to allow myself to lose this lesson. Happy Hump Day!