December 14th - Winter Warmth
Honestly, the warmth I find in the winter comes as layers of blankets and stretchy, comfy pants. And any time of year, the place where I feel most safe is in my therapist's office. There's something warm and safe in the cozy space she's created. At this moment though? Contentness, warmth, and all that? It comes from snuggling with my pup.
December 15th - Do you believe in Miracles?
Wow. I want to believe in miracles, I really do. And sometimes, I think I do believe. Then a huge tragedy comes along and rocks my world, as well as the nations, and I question. I think that more than miracles, I believe in fate. I believe in karma. I believe that sometimes things fall into place and we might never know why.
December 16th - Surviving the Holidays
It's such a chaos filled time of the year, that sometimes it feels even more challenging to navigate than usual. A tool I may be able to use on any other day is often forgotten amidst the holiday chaos. One thing that I really try hard to maintain is my quiet evening time. I need the alone time at the end of the day to unwind and decompress. If I can give myself that time in the morning to prepare for the day, and to unwind at the end, I'm going to better be able to handle the holiday!
December 17th - You and Santa - Share the memories, good and bad
Me and the big guy don't have much of a history, so I'm taking a pass on this one.
December 18th - The School Christmas Play
Being a product of public schools, we never had a "Christmas" play, instead we had a "Holiday Concert" as it was more politically correct. To tell you the truth, I was always a little uncomfortable at the concert. Every grade learned different songs, and the parents all came.... I felt very out of place, as we only sang one Hanukkah song, and the rest of the festivities? They just didn't fit in the life of a Jewish kid.
December 19th - Self Care during the holiday season
Considering I have a tough time with self-care all year round? Yeah, this time of year it's that much worse. I think that the biggest thing I can do to take care of myself, especially this time of year, is to try and be kind to myself. Which in itself is no easy task.
December 20th - Share the Love!
Sharing the love is something I love to do! I love seeing people smile, and if I can provide them with a reason to smile, that's the best gift I can give! Reminds me of that saying, what costs nothing, but means the world to people; what can you give away, and never run out of? The answer? Hugs, of course! To me, nothing says I love you like a warm hug from a good friend.
December 21st - What do your friends mean to you?
My friends... I love them more than they will probably ever know, if only because I do have a hard time expressing myself! My friends might be few, but they are gifts, each of them.
December 22nd - Where is your inner child?
My inner child is stuck somewhere in the 1980's.... and she's trying to make herself heard these days! As a kid, I did love playing in the snow, making snow forts and snow angels... I loved the lights of the menorah, and playing the dreidle game.... getting together with cousins and aunts and uncles....
December 23rd - Holiday Traditions...
...don't really exist in my world. At least not yet. One day, when I have my own family, we will have our own traditions.
December 24th - On the eve of....
I feel like every night is the eve of the rest of my life. Every day, I hope that tomorrow will be better. I hope, that after enough tomorrows, I really will be on the eve of the rest of my life, and it will be a great life....