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Let’s just be real. We all have moments when we’re in a funk. 😖

Maybe you’re not feeling the workout routine or healthy eating. Maybe you’re snippy with the kids or partner. Or maybe you’re not really applying yourself like you normally do. Heck, the holiday season in and of itself can be a reason for feeling out of whack.

I’m with ya. I recently found myself uninspired and unmotivated to go after the very things I said I wanted.

Self sabotage at its best. It happens to the best of us. Even life coaches aren’t immune. 
I had been pushing myself a bit too hard and wasn’t feeling aligned/balanced. Funk ensued...the misalignment of where/who I was being versus where/who I wanted to be.

Who can relate? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Coaches can sometimes coach themselves out of a funk (we have many techniques after all). 😊 But some coaches seek the help of another coach...to help them see what maybe they can’t see themselves. That’s one of the things we do best. 👓

I love being a coach. I not only use the tools and techniques to help other mamas, but I use them to help myself. I’m human too!

So what did I do? I did some gratitude journaling and reframing/perspective shifting. I chose to reconnect to my big picture “why” to help me see the forest through the trees.

If you’re in a funk, remember that it happens to us all. If you have tips to share on what works best for you to get out of a funk, I’d love to hear! And if you’d like some support to get out of a funk, shoot me a DM and we’ll chat. 🤗

#lifeisntperfect #selfishmama #lifecoachforwomen #selfishmamamoment #enjoyyourlife #choiceisyours #joyfulmama #womeninspirewomen #momlife #momstruggles #momsover40 #holidayscanbehard
Let’s just be real. We all have moments when we’re in a funk. 😖 Maybe you’re not feeling the workout routine or healthy eating. Maybe you’re snippy with the kids or partner. Or maybe you’re not really applying yourself like you normally do. Heck, the holiday season in and of itself can be a reason for feeling out of whack. I’m with ya. I recently found myself uninspired and unmotivated to go after the very things I said I wanted. Self sabotage at its best. It happens to the best of us. Even life coaches aren’t immune. I had been pushing myself a bit too hard and wasn’t feeling aligned/balanced. Funk ensued...the misalignment of where/who I was being versus where/who I wanted to be. Who can relate? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Coaches can sometimes coach themselves out of a funk (we have many techniques after all). 😊 But some coaches seek the help of another coach...to help them see what maybe they can’t see themselves. That’s one of the things we do best. 👓 I love being a coach. I not only use the tools and techniques to help other mamas, but I use them to help myself. I’m human too! So what did I do? I did some gratitude journaling and reframing/perspective shifting. I chose to reconnect to my big picture “why” to help me see the forest through the trees. If you’re in a funk, remember that it happens to us all. If you have tips to share on what works best for you to get out of a funk, I’d love to hear! And if you’d like some support to get out of a funk, shoot me a DM and we’ll chat. 🤗 #lifeisntperfect  #selfishmama  #lifecoachforwomen  #selfishmamamoment  #enjoyyourlife  #choiceisyours  #joyfulmama  #womeninspirewomen  #momlife  #momstruggles  #momsover40  #holidayscanbehard 
Life Ain't Just About U. Be A Light To Others, Help Someone Else In This Journey Of Life😊

#love #hugs #kisses #humanity #goodhuman #care #forgiveness #help #bethere #holidayscanbehard
For Anyone who is struggling all alone this time of year ... The Holidays can be especially difficult . Here are some really wonderful coping skills to lessen your stress , unburden yourself from the overwhelming feelings & anxiety that can often arise during Christmas . ❤️🌲❤️ #ww#wwgirl#wwdivas #wwsisterhood #wwcommunity #wwfamily #wwfriends #wwwomen #wwtribe #wwstrong #wwinstagram #wwinstafam #strongwomen #copingskills #holidayscanbehard
For this month I am turning my desk into a Ginger Bread house, and I couldn't be happier about it!
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I love the end of the year, you get to look back at everything that has happened, every achievement you accomplished, every struggle you overcame and you can know that all the effort you put in has been worth it!
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Gingerbread aside, I just like decorating, depending on my mood that is 😂
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I am excited to see what 2019 brings for myself, my family and my friends. Before that though, I am looking forward to seeing if I win this year's competition 😜
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Does your work do fun activities over the holidays to keep moral up too?
For this month I am turning my desk into a Ginger Bread house, and I couldn't be happier about it! . I love the end of the year, you get to look back at everything that has happened, every achievement you accomplished, every struggle you overcame and you can know that all the effort you put in has been worth it! . Gingerbread aside, I just like decorating, depending on my mood that is 😂 . I am excited to see what 2019 brings for myself, my family and my friends. Before that though, I am looking forward to seeing if I win this year's competition 😜 . Does your work do fun activities over the holidays to keep moral up too?
Beautiful Fortress Pop-Up this Sunday, Dec. 16th 12-5p ✨
We’re excited to welcome back S. Islaewae Belle Tschanz -muscular therapist, energy healer, and maker of amazing all-natural soaps, lipMagic, and boundary clearing spray. 
JOIN US! ❤️🕊 #allnaturalskincare #energyhealing #holidayscanbehard #keepitclear #justdance
My little family. A little nutty but all heart.
♥️ #grateful #blessed #family #holidayscanbehard #grounddown #love #holdtight #gratitude #furbaby
Lately I’ve been very into the Christmas spirit. My favorite Christmas song is Last Christmas. I mean, my Christmas tree went up Thanksgiving Day and if I had my way I’d leave it up until Valentines Day #noshame.
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I absolutely love this time of the year. However, holidays can be especially tough on people. I’m so grateful to be part of the community of Mental Health advocates that are available year-round for all those who need a bit of extra support.
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#christmas #christmasornaments #counseling #counselingcreative #crisiscounselor #holidayscanbehard #houstontherapists #lastchristmas #lpcintern #mentalhealth #millennials #positivevibes #selfcare #therapy
Lately I’ve been very into the Christmas spirit. My favorite Christmas song is Last Christmas. I mean, my Christmas tree went up Thanksgiving Day and if I had my way I’d leave it up until Valentines Day #noshame . 〰️ I absolutely love this time of the year. However, holidays can be especially tough on people. I’m so grateful to be part of the community of Mental Health advocates that are available year-round for all those who need a bit of extra support. 🎄🍬💫 #christmas  #christmasornaments  #counseling  #counselingcreative  #crisiscounselor  #holidayscanbehard  #houstontherapists  #lastchristmas  #lpcintern  #mentalhealth  #millennials  #positivevibes  #selfcare  #therapy 
And I’d venture to say you CAN believe in yourself for even longer...
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#sleighyourweigh #holidaymotivation #motivationmonday #goalsetter #goalgetter #holidayscanbehard
Holiday Check-in friend.
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How are you really feeling?
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Are there things happening in your life that are interfering with your joy this season?
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Are you wondering why this happens every year to you?
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Are you wondering why people continue to do the same destructive things that they’ve been doing year after year?
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We can’t control people even during the most wonderful time of year-although we’d like to think that we can damn sure try.
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Don’t.
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If you feel like skating away on that river, that’s totally ok!  It’s totally normal for you to feel that way.
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Let’s use that signal in a different way.  Let’s ask that part of you that wants to skate away som questions so that you can get the answers you seek.
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This is the most wonderful time of the year.  The time for miracles and the time of forgiveness and hope.
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Choose wisely who you spend your time with and just maybe you won’t need that river after all.

With massive love,
Angela
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Holiday Check-in friend. • How are you really feeling? • Are there things happening in your life that are interfering with your joy this season? • Are you wondering why this happens every year to you? • Are you wondering why people continue to do the same destructive things that they’ve been doing year after year? • I feel you. • We can’t control people even during the most wonderful time of year-although we’d like to think that we can damn sure try. • Don’t. • If you feel like skating away on that river, that’s totally ok! It’s totally normal for you to feel that way. • Let’s use that signal in a different way. Let’s ask that part of you that wants to skate away som questions so that you can get the answers you seek. • This is the most wonderful time of the year. The time for miracles and the time of forgiveness and hope. • Choose wisely who you spend your time with and just maybe you won’t need that river after all. With massive love, Angela 💜💥💜
Here is @jacklyn.lune sharing our hashtag #holidayscanbehard . Give her a follow for inspirational content ♥️
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“Hey, your #Latinaanxietywarrior here to tell you that the holidays are a tough time for a lot of people. I know if you’re not in the spirit,seeing others experiencing it can make you seem broken and out of place. But remember my beautiful ones, you are not ALONE. Have you ever noticed how many sad holiday songs there are? It’s because times of celebration can also bring a lot of trauma, sadness and loneliness. Trust me, when I see bloggers and friends traveling on vacations this holiday season, I feel broken too because vacationing isn’t easy for someone like me.
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Like this beautiful long sleeve from @etherealandco “I wear my heart on my sleeve,” I am someone who feels so so much and sometimes it’s overwhelming. The #holidayscanbehard and it’s extremely important to take care of YOU. During this time I love to watch & read stories of inspiration and triumphs to remind me that this too shall pass. Cooking, being with my pups and people that love and accept me for who I am, also helps a lot. I know each and everyone of us have different stories of struggles but there is always hope. Look for the people who are helping and I promise you, it will get better.”
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery #recovering #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthjourney #mentalillnessawareness #selfcare #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareshirt #comfylongsleeve #mentalhealthsupport #selflove #selflovejourney #selfloveiskey #selfloveisthebestlove #brainhealth #healthybrain #brainsarepowerful #selfcarefirst #selfcaretips #bpd #anxiety #depression #ocd #disorder
Here is @jacklyn.lune sharing our hashtag #holidayscanbehard  . Give her a follow for inspirational content ♥️ ・・・ “Hey, your #Latinaanxietywarrior  here to tell you that the holidays are a tough time for a lot of people. I know if you’re not in the spirit,seeing others experiencing it can make you seem broken and out of place. But remember my beautiful ones, you are not ALONE. Have you ever noticed how many sad holiday songs there are? It’s because times of celebration can also bring a lot of trauma, sadness and loneliness. Trust me, when I see bloggers and friends traveling on vacations this holiday season, I feel broken too because vacationing isn’t easy for someone like me. * Like this beautiful long sleeve from @etherealandco “I wear my heart on my sleeve,” I am someone who feels so so much and sometimes it’s overwhelming. The #holidayscanbehard  and it’s extremely important to take care of YOU. During this time I love to watch & read stories of inspiration and triumphs to remind me that this too shall pass. Cooking, being with my pups and people that love and accept me for who I am, also helps a lot. I know each and everyone of us have different stories of struggles but there is always hope. Look for the people who are helping and I promise you, it will get better.” • • • #mentalhealth  #mentalillness  #mentalhealthrecovery  #recovery  #recovering  #mentalhealthblogger  #mentalhealthjourney  #mentalillnessawareness  #selfcare  #selfcareisntselfish  #selfcareshirt  #comfylongsleeve  #mentalhealthsupport  #selflove  #selflovejourney  #selfloveiskey  #selfloveisthebestlove  #brainhealth  #healthybrain  #brainsarepowerful  #selfcarefirst  #selfcaretips  #bpd  #anxiety  #depression  #ocd  #disorder 
This guy @felhaber29 is lighting it up on the Ottawa 67’s and guess where he will be on December 23rd?! Playing some ball hockey @thepubhousebymilano and helping raise much needed funds for the @robbiedeancentre #destigmatize #comecheerthemon #Holidayscanbehard #yourenotalone 🏒🥅💚💜
This guy @felhaber29 is lighting it up on the Ottawa 67’s and guess where he will be on December 23rd?! Playing some ball hockey @thepubhousebymilano and helping raise much needed funds for the @robbiedeancentre #destigmatize  #comecheerthemon  #Holidayscanbehard  #yourenotalone  🏒🥅💚💜
#HolidaysCanBeHard with @itsviviankaye ...be sure to check out her page for inspiring content!
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“As an entrepreneur, this is the most stressful time of year for me. The Black Friday fenzy, the DHL /USPS shipping headaches, the Amazon expectations vs small business realities AND the Christmas holidays...it all can be a bit much. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have to remind myself to give myself #permissiontopause  So I do what I have to do. I sit down on the floor of my office and meditate for a few minutes. Or I take a nap. Or I do some online shopping. Or I go to the movies solo. It’s sometimes doing what you can in the moment to take care of yourself. Self care isn’t selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so its important pour back into yourself however you can, no matter how small.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
👚: @etherealandco
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthrecovery #recovery #recovering #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthjourney #mentalillnessawareness #selfcare #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareshirt #comfylongsleeve #mentalhealthsupport #selflove #selflovejourney #selfloveiskey #selfloveisthebestlove #brainhealth #healthybrain #brainsarepowerful #selfcarefirst #selfcaretips #bpd #anxiety #depression #ocd #disorder
#HolidaysCanBeHard  with @itsviviankaye ...be sure to check out her page for inspiring content! ・・・ “As an entrepreneur, this is the most stressful time of year for me. The Black Friday fenzy, the DHL /USPS shipping headaches, the Amazon expectations vs small business realities AND the Christmas holidays...it all can be a bit much. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have to remind myself to give myself #permissiontopause  So I do what I have to do. I sit down on the floor of my office and meditate for a few minutes. Or I take a nap. Or I do some online shopping. Or I go to the movies solo. It’s sometimes doing what you can in the moment to take care of yourself. Self care isn’t selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so its important pour back into yourself however you can, no matter how small.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👚: @etherealandco • • • #mentalhealth  #mentalillness  #mentalhealthrecovery  #recovery  #recovering  #mentalhealthblogger  #mentalhealthjourney  #mentalillnessawareness  #selfcare  #selfcareisntselfish  #selfcareshirt  #comfylongsleeve  #mentalhealthsupport  #selflove  #selflovejourney  #selfloveiskey  #selfloveisthebestlove  #brainhealth  #healthybrain  #brainsarepowerful  #selfcarefirst  #selfcaretips  #bpd  #anxiety  #depression  #ocd  #disorder 
The things you don’t see in these pictures: -Me yelling at my kids not to place the ornaments too close together - TJ opting out of decorating (even though I specifically waited until the weekend so he could be included) because “There’s too many people around the tree.” 🙄 -My ongoing meltdown because NOTHING electronic has worked for us the first time around, and somehow dead Christmas lights and broken ornaments remind me of my dead mom. 
#bekind #holidayscanbehard #stillgrateful #stillblessed
The things you don’t see in these pictures: -Me yelling at my kids not to place the ornaments too close together - TJ opting out of decorating (even though I specifically waited until the weekend so he could be included) because “There’s too many people around the tree.” 🙄 -My ongoing meltdown because NOTHING electronic has worked for us the first time around, and somehow dead Christmas lights and broken ornaments remind me of my dead mom. #bekind  #holidayscanbehard  #stillgrateful  #stillblessed 
There is something extraordinary about a grandmothers love.
My Mom made a special trip from Delaware to be with us last weekend.
I’m so glad we could enjoy a little holiday spirit together🎄
#wichita #bettertogether #holidayscanbehard #momofboys #makingmemories
Why are the holidays so uniquely challenging compared to other parts of the year? We could attribute several factors to it, and we have our own reasons so today let’s create a comfortable space to really talk about it!
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Holidays come with an onus of expectations, the food must be prepared in a certain way, we’re accustomed to doing some things one way but we’re often struck by the reality which makes us feel disconnected
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Holiday plans are dictated by traditions, there’s something beautiful about those rituals, but  there’s this extra pressure if you can’t make it perfect, you’re failing, and you might end up disappointing your family
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We’re always told that holidays are a joyful season, it is the happiest time of the year but emotionally we feel a lot of other things, so we just load all this on…
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Make this time of year easier and smoother by joining me on Dec 12 for the online workshop – Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal this holiday season. You will learn WHAT to say and HOW to say it, the EXACT language I used to go from dreading the holidays to planning our bashes months in advance. And it wasn’t rocket science. It just takes a little preparation.
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It made a world of difference in my and my family’s lives.
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You can do it too.
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Click the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55
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#agingcourageously #holidayscanbehard #letsjointogether #holidaystress #thestrugglecontinues #holidayscanbestressful #seekinghelp #whatyouseekisseekingyou #youarenotaloneinthis #yourvibeattractsyourtribe🙌 #holidayassistance #changeperspective #healingduringtheholidays #notsohappyholidays #iamhertribe #relievingpain #cherisholdmemories #anewholiday #traditionschange #makenewmemories #livemoreworryless #youdeservetobehappy #letyourselfshine #itsyourtimetobloom #innerhealing
Why are the holidays so uniquely challenging compared to other parts of the year? We could attribute several factors to it, and we have our own reasons so today let’s create a comfortable space to really talk about it! 🌸 Holidays come with an onus of expectations, the food must be prepared in a certain way, we’re accustomed to doing some things one way but we’re often struck by the reality which makes us feel disconnected 🌸 Holiday plans are dictated by traditions, there’s something beautiful about those rituals, but  there’s this extra pressure if you can’t make it perfect, you’re failing, and you might end up disappointing your family 🌸 We’re always told that holidays are a joyful season, it is the happiest time of the year but emotionally we feel a lot of other things, so we just load all this on… 🌸 Make this time of year easier and smoother by joining me on Dec 12 for the online workshop – Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal this holiday season. You will learn WHAT to say and HOW to say it, the EXACT language I used to go from dreading the holidays to planning our bashes months in advance. And it wasn’t rocket science. It just takes a little preparation. 🌸 It made a world of difference in my and my family’s lives. 🌸 You can do it too. 🌸 Click the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55 . . . #agingcourageously  #holidayscanbehard  #letsjointogether  #holidaystress  #thestrugglecontinues  #holidayscanbestressful  #seekinghelp  #whatyouseekisseekingyou  #youarenotaloneinthis  #yourvibeattractsyourtribe 🙌 #holidayassistance  #changeperspective  #healingduringtheholidays  #notsohappyholidays  #iamhertribe  #relievingpain  #cherisholdmemories  #anewholiday  #traditionschange  #makenewmemories  #livemoreworryless  #youdeservetobehappy  #letyourselfshine  #itsyourtimetobloom  #innerhealing 
If you’re struggling with the holidays, I believe this could be for you. ❤️ New blog titled “‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn’t.” #linkinbio #holidayscanbehard #blog  https://mytribe304.blog/
If you’re struggling with the holidays, I believe this could be for you. ❤️ New blog titled “‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year... unless it isn’t.” #linkinbio  #holidayscanbehard  #blog  https://mytribe304.blog/
You’ve got one. You know you do. That friend who always complains about their dry skin. Uh huh. That one. Listen, tinned fish are chock full of healthy EFA’s. How about popping one of these delicious @jose.gourmet conservas into their stocking? They’ll either love you for it or be perplexed. And nothing says “Happy Holidays” like confusion. ❤️🕊
#stockingstuffer #holidayscanbehard #justdance #feedyourbodyhealthy
You’ve got one. You know you do. That friend who always complains about their dry skin. Uh huh. That one. Listen, tinned fish are chock full of healthy EFA’s. How about popping one of these delicious @jose.gourmet conservas into their stocking? They’ll either love you for it or be perplexed. And nothing says “Happy Holidays” like confusion. ❤️🕊 #stockingstuffer  #holidayscanbehard  #justdance  #feedyourbodyhealthy 
A Christmas Schmidt Story:
One year, my sister and I gleefully met Santa Claus!! We had a blast at my dads company Christmas party and got photo evidence of the big mans existence. Good thing because our dad missed our big moment! When we finally saw our dad (who had just changed out of this exact Santa suit 🤦🏻‍♀️) we told him how disappointed we were he missed meeting Santa. And you thought you had daddy issues!
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That’s the thing about adoptive dad’s though, they have to be a little bit extra to take on the challenges of many roles to kids who would have missed out on a lot more if it wasn’t for them. I’m lucky and proud to be #adopted and hope that as you spread your holiday cheer you remember all of the children waiting for families or just trying to navigate the system until they age out. A little kindness can change a life! 🎄
A Christmas Schmidt Story: One year, my sister and I gleefully met Santa Claus!! We had a blast at my dads company Christmas party and got photo evidence of the big mans existence. Good thing because our dad missed our big moment! When we finally saw our dad (who had just changed out of this exact Santa suit 🤦🏻‍♀️) we told him how disappointed we were he missed meeting Santa. And you thought you had daddy issues! . That’s the thing about adoptive dad’s though, they have to be a little bit extra to take on the challenges of many roles to kids who would have missed out on a lot more if it wasn’t for them. I’m lucky and proud to be #adopted  and hope that as you spread your holiday cheer you remember all of the children waiting for families or just trying to navigate the system until they age out. A little kindness can change a life! 🎄
Many people have emotional struggles during the holidays. Cold weather, reduced sunlight, sad anniversaries, and loneliness can hit you hard. Take care of yourself.  Check in on others and ask how they’re doing. 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Free, confidential, available 24/7.
Many people have emotional struggles during the holidays. Cold weather, reduced sunlight, sad anniversaries, and loneliness can hit you hard. Take care of yourself. Check in on others and ask how they’re doing. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Free, confidential, available 24/7.
Certainly don’t miss being in this type of relationship, and especially this time of year, my thoughts are with anyone with a close family member, friend or significant other who’s addiction is taking its toll on them. 🙏🏽💖
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#Life #Lifestyle #ThatPartThursday #ThatPart #This #ThursdayTruths #ThinkAboutIt #ThinkAboutItThursday #ThursdayFacts #Addiction #DrugAddiction #HolidaysCanBeHard
Up until the last few weeks I feel like I’ve handled this new life like a champ... all the ‘firsts’ that have come at us over the past few weeks however have me checking myself. I still handle it, I have to, but it’s with much more effort and encouragement from those closest to me. Remember those who are alone or grieving, especially this time of year. You know someone who could use a little love... then give it! You have no idea what it can mean to them. #begracious #grievinghasnoroadmap #smilethroughthepain #holidayscanbehard
Up until the last few weeks I feel like I’ve handled this new life like a champ... all the ‘firsts’ that have come at us over the past few weeks however have me checking myself. I still handle it, I have to, but it’s with much more effort and encouragement from those closest to me. Remember those who are alone or grieving, especially this time of year. You know someone who could use a little love... then give it! You have no idea what it can mean to them. #begracious  #grievinghasnoroadmap  #smilethroughthepain  #holidayscanbehard 
The holiday season can be exceptionally difficult and littered with grief triggers for the bereaved. Anniversaries, holidays, traditions and milestones can reawaken memories and highlight feelings of sorrow, loneliness and inadequacies. 
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It’s okay to feel overwhelming emotions. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to to decline invitations for celebrations, or to accept them. Please be kind to yourself and know that whatever it is you are feeling, it’s normal!
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Please don’t isolate yourself or bury your grief! Surround yourself with safe friends and family and find a suitable grief support group. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
#youarenotalone #bereaved #mourning  #holidayscanbehard #bereavedmom #bereavedmother #bereavedparents #griefshare #griefsupport
The holiday season can be exceptionally difficult and littered with grief triggers for the bereaved. Anniversaries, holidays, traditions and milestones can reawaken memories and highlight feelings of sorrow, loneliness and inadequacies. ___________ It’s okay to feel overwhelming emotions. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to to decline invitations for celebrations, or to accept them. Please be kind to yourself and know that whatever it is you are feeling, it’s normal! ___________ Please don’t isolate yourself or bury your grief! Surround yourself with safe friends and family and find a suitable grief support group. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 #youarenotalone  #bereaved  #mourning  #holidayscanbehard  #bereavedmom  #bereavedmother  #bereavedparents  #griefshare  #griefsupport 
Learning. I always make the first one perfect. The second one mediocre. Then it's almost a complete miss every time after that. When do I go back to the perfect stage again? Practicing my cane technique, made someone candy canes. They're not a compleat bust, but I've made better. 
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#candycane #holidaydecor #holidayshit #mentalhealth #holidayscanbehard #putabuttononit #lampwork #ladyswhomelt #womenwhoblowglass #girlswhoblowglass #makingshit #boroglass #borobabe
Learning. I always make the first one perfect. The second one mediocre. Then it's almost a complete miss every time after that. When do I go back to the perfect stage again? Practicing my cane technique, made someone candy canes. They're not a compleat bust, but I've made better. Just keep melting melting melting. What do we do melt melt . . . #candycane  #holidaydecor  #holidayshit  #mentalhealth  #holidayscanbehard  #putabuttononit  #lampwork  #ladyswhomelt  #womenwhoblowglass  #girlswhoblowglass  #makingshit  #boroglass  #borobabe 
Posted @withrepost • @salarmykrocphila If you are a family in need, the holidays can seem incredibly overwhelming. We are accepting applications for holiday assistance through December 7 at the Kind Family Resource Center. We serve the following zip codes: 19129, 19140 (west of 5th street), 19141 and 19144. Stop by with your personal identification/photo ID, proof of address (utility bill, etc.) and the original birth certificate or medical cards that indicate birth dates of children (ages 12 and under). We are here to help! #supportingcommunity #holidayscanbehard #letushelp
Posted @withrepost • @salarmykrocphila If you are a family in need, the holidays can seem incredibly overwhelming. We are accepting applications for holiday assistance through December 7 at the Kind Family Resource Center. We serve the following zip codes: 19129, 19140 (west of 5th street), 19141 and 19144. Stop by with your personal identification/photo ID, proof of address (utility bill, etc.) and the original birth certificate or medical cards that indicate birth dates of children (ages 12 and under). We are here to help! #supportingcommunity  #holidayscanbehard  #letushelp 
If you are a family in need, the holidays can seem incredibly overwhelming. We are accepting applications for holiday assistance through December 7 at the Kind Family Resource Center. We serve the following zip codes: 19129, 19140 (west of 5th street), 19141 and 19144. Stop by with your personal identification/photo ID, proof of address (utility bill, etc.) and the original birth certificate or medical cards that indicate birth dates of children (ages 12 and under). We are here to help! #supportingcommunity #holidayscanbehard #letushelp
If you are a family in need, the holidays can seem incredibly overwhelming. We are accepting applications for holiday assistance through December 7 at the Kind Family Resource Center. We serve the following zip codes: 19129, 19140 (west of 5th street), 19141 and 19144. Stop by with your personal identification/photo ID, proof of address (utility bill, etc.) and the original birth certificate or medical cards that indicate birth dates of children (ages 12 and under). We are here to help! #supportingcommunity  #holidayscanbehard  #letushelp 
Good Morning y'all! ☀️ Over the last week or so I have had a lot on my mind about the holidays. 🎄 For some or even most people the holidays are a time of J.O.Y. but for some people the holidays are a time of L.O.N.E.L.I.N.E.S.S. and/ or P.A.I.N. It is very important that we remember to pray for the people or families who are hurting. Whether they recently lost a family member or whether they lost a family member during the holiday season prior to this year. 💔 There are members of families who don't get to come home or don't have a place to call home. If one of these is you, know that I will be praying for you! I have lost a family member during the holidays and I know it's not easy! 
BUT... Just remember that the lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 🙌
If anyone needs prayer, I'm here. 🙏
Good Morning y'all! ☀️ Over the last week or so I have had a lot on my mind about the holidays. 🎄 For some or even most people the holidays are a time of J.O.Y. but for some people the holidays are a time of L.O.N.E.L.I.N.E.S.S. and/ or P.A.I.N. It is very important that we remember to pray for the people or families who are hurting. Whether they recently lost a family member or whether they lost a family member during the holiday season prior to this year. 💔 There are members of families who don't get to come home or don't have a place to call home. If one of these is you, know that I will be praying for you! I have lost a family member during the holidays and I know it's not easy! BUT... Just remember that the lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 🙌 If anyone needs prayer, I'm here. 🙏
Thank you to all who sent in nominations for our #bouquetsofgratitude this month. We are spreading the #flowerlove across our community today. #flowers #flowersmakepeoplesmile #bekind #holidayscanbehard #designsbydarenda
Ever find yourself wishing to skip over these next few weeks of the year?
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Or wondering how everyone else is so happy when everywhere you turn reminds you of something that's gone?
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Or are you feeling empty when you thought this is supposed to be the "happiest time of the year"? The holiday season can be the WORST when all it does is remind you of what you don't have.
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I know this feeling very well.
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There you are moving along your day-to-day, managing just fine, and WHAM an ad, a song on the radio, or the grocery aisle of your favorite holiday food slaps you in the face with a reminder of just how different this year is going to be.
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This has got to turn around.
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You're not Scrooge, you know that this heaviness isn't you.
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On Dec 12, I going to teach you HOW to shift out of this place.
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No, you don’t have to travel far and wide, just get in your comfiest chair with your computer or smartphone and join me online.
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And no, you don’t have to worry if the timing isn’t great. I’ve got you covered. Save your seat today and I’ll make sure you get the replay straight to your email inbox.
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Next Wednesday at 1pm PT join me for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays so you can feel something that brings healing this holiday season.
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Click the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55
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#agingcourageously #holidayscanbehard #stayingstrong💪 #dealingwithdeath #livingwithloss #holidayscanberough #helpmehelpyou #beentheretoo #happiesttimeoftheyear #yourvibeattractsyourtribe🙌 #youarenotaloneinthis #themeproject #reachouttogether #griefandloss #whatyouseekisseekingyou #lifeisbeautiful❤️ #livemoremagic❤️ #grabyourseat #dealingwithdepression #dontfeelbad #spirittribe
Ever find yourself wishing to skip over these next few weeks of the year? 🌸 Or wondering how everyone else is so happy when everywhere you turn reminds you of something that's gone? 🌸 Or are you feeling empty when you thought this is supposed to be the "happiest time of the year"? The holiday season can be the WORST when all it does is remind you of what you don't have. 🌸 I know this feeling very well. 🌸 There you are moving along your day-to-day, managing just fine, and WHAM an ad, a song on the radio, or the grocery aisle of your favorite holiday food slaps you in the face with a reminder of just how different this year is going to be. 🌸 This has got to turn around. 🌸 You're not Scrooge, you know that this heaviness isn't you. 🌸 On Dec 12, I going to teach you HOW to shift out of this place. 🌸 No, you don’t have to travel far and wide, just get in your comfiest chair with your computer or smartphone and join me online. 🌸 And no, you don’t have to worry if the timing isn’t great. I’ve got you covered. Save your seat today and I’ll make sure you get the replay straight to your email inbox. 🌸 Next Wednesday at 1pm PT join me for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays so you can feel something that brings healing this holiday season. 🌸 Click the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55 🌸 #agingcourageously  #holidayscanbehard  #stayingstrong 💪 #dealingwithdeath  #livingwithloss  #holidayscanberough  #helpmehelpyou  #beentheretoo  #happiesttimeoftheyear  #yourvibeattractsyourtribe 🙌 #youarenotaloneinthis  #themeproject  #reachouttogether  #griefandloss  #whatyouseekisseekingyou  #lifeisbeautiful ❤️ #livemoremagic ❤️ #grabyourseat  #dealingwithdepression  #dontfeelbad  #spirittribe 
Feeling like you need some self-care today? Let us guide you to a cozy recliner for a healing needle nap. Open Wednesday until 1pm and Thursday from 1:30-8 (open late for Thursday Night Lights). Call us 908.237.1076 or book ONLINE at Jerseyacu.com
Feeling like you need some self-care today? Let us guide you to a cozy recliner for a healing needle nap. Open Wednesday until 1pm and Thursday from 1:30-8 (open late for Thursday Night Lights). Call us 908.237.1076 or book ONLINE at Jerseyacu.com
So get this…
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Five months after my dad died, I was dreading the holidays. How could he possibly miss this??
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By the next year, I was so excited for the holidays I was ready for my family’s gift exchange by early October.
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And now, we regularly plan our holiday bashes 9 months in advance.
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Want to know how I made that shift?
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Click here to join me on DEC 12 for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays.
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So here’s the thing.
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The steps I took weren’t rocket science. I didn’t need tons of counseling or medications to feel differently about the holidays. And I want to give the EXACT steps I took to YOU so you can let the healing in this holiday season.
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You in?
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I thought so.
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It’s time to grab your seat when you click the link in the bio for the ENCORE round of the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays.
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You will get my #1 tool for healing this holiday season AND learn
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how to talk about the elephant in the room,
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feel good about the festivities you might otherwise have dreaded,
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and find ways to make your traditions bloom now that things are different.
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I used to feel like the world was out to get me. What did I do to deserve such pain everyday? My mentality was that everything happens for a reason and I must have done something wrong for this bad thing to have happened.
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But that’s not exactly how it works.
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While we can talk about reasons all day long, the real, hard truth is that as soon as I stepped outside of my own suffering, rewrote my self-talk, and saw my holes as an opening for something new, my grief triggers transformed into love notes.
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Right before my very eyes.
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Just like that.
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Yours can too.
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Join me for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays to let the healing in. Hit the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55.
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Sending love your way,
Kirsten

P.S. Can’t make the live workshop? Grab your seat and I’ll make sure you get the replay straight into your email inbox to take in at your convenience.
So get this… 🦋 Five months after my dad died, I was dreading the holidays. How could he possibly miss this?? 🦋 By the next year, I was so excited for the holidays I was ready for my family’s gift exchange by early October. 🦋 And now, we regularly plan our holiday bashes 9 months in advance. 🦋 Want to know how I made that shift? 🦋 Click here to join me on DEC 12 for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays. 🦋 So here’s the thing. 🦋 The steps I took weren’t rocket science. I didn’t need tons of counseling or medications to feel differently about the holidays. And I want to give the EXACT steps I took to YOU so you can let the healing in this holiday season. 🦋 You in? 🦋 I thought so. 🦋 It’s time to grab your seat when you click the link in the bio for the ENCORE round of the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays. 🦋 You will get my #1  tool for healing this holiday season AND learn 🦋 how to talk about the elephant in the room, 🦋 feel good about the festivities you might otherwise have dreaded, 🦋 and find ways to make your traditions bloom now that things are different. 🦋 I used to feel like the world was out to get me. What did I do to deserve such pain everyday? My mentality was that everything happens for a reason and I must have done something wrong for this bad thing to have happened. 🦋 But that’s not exactly how it works. 🦋 While we can talk about reasons all day long, the real, hard truth is that as soon as I stepped outside of my own suffering, rewrote my self-talk, and saw my holes as an opening for something new, my grief triggers transformed into love notes. 🦋 Right before my very eyes. 🦋 Just like that. 🦋 Yours can too. 🦋 Join me for the online workshop Who said the holidays are always happy? How to heal during the holidays to let the healing in. Hit the link in the bio to grab your seat for ONLY $55. 🦋 Sending love your way, Kirsten P.S. Can’t make the live workshop? Grab your seat and I’ll make sure you get the replay straight into your email inbox to take in at your convenience.
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and relive when things were simple. #holidayscanbehard #missingyou 🛶
Christmas is coming! Some of us need a little extra support and remember you can always reach out for emotional support. Family can be stressful, travel can be traumatic and sometimes we just think everything needs to be perfect. Just know there is someone who is here to help. Call/text 816.945.2448 .#bluespringsmo #onlinetherapy #telehealth #videosessions #therapy #counseling #holidayseason #holidayscanbehard #kcmo #kansas #missouri
The holidays can be difficult. In so many ways, what we don’t have or who we don’t have, is more painfully obvious. Living a grateful life helps you to see past that, focusing on the present and offers a change to perspective. Come join us tonight @thewaterlilycenter to learn about the power of gratitude. Confirmed registration (via website, phone, text, email) is a must and closes at 3pm today. 🙏🏼 www.thewaterlilycenter.com #empowerment #gratitude #changeperspective #healing #empowerment #holistic #class #spirituality #higherperspective #love #selfcare #holidayscanbehard #tollandct #tollandcounty
The holidays can be difficult. In so many ways, what we don’t have or who we don’t have, is more painfully obvious. Living a grateful life helps you to see past that, focusing on the present and offers a change to perspective. Come join us tonight @thewaterlilycenter to learn about the power of gratitude. Confirmed registration (via website, phone, text, email) is a must and closes at 3pm today. 🙏🏼 www.thewaterlilycenter.com #empowerment  #gratitude  #changeperspective  #healing  #empowerment  #holistic  #class  #spirituality  #higherperspective  #love  #selfcare  #holidayscanbehard  #tollandct  #tollandcounty 
Last night while we decorated the tree, typically I start thinking about my Dad and get weepy, but last night was different. After five years, I was able to think about him and smile, or bring up his name and tell a funny story, instead of cry. The year after he died we would come home and our tree would have fallen. All the ornaments scattered all over the floor. This happened probably five times that season. We were convinced it had to be my Dad keeping us on our toes! I bring this up for anyone going through grief this holiday season. Feel your feelings. Let the tears flow. You don’t need to make anyone else feel comfortable about your grief. It is not weak to cry. It’s okay to say their name or feel sad. Slowly and as the years go, hopefully your tears will start to be replaced with laughter. In time, that deep piercing pain starts to soften and those huge waves that knock you over, and leave you unable to breathe, start to space out. They would want us to choose joy. They would want us to Let Life Smile again. Happy Hanukkah and a very happy start to the holiday season! @optionb is a wonderful resource for anyone needing extra support this time of year. 💞
Last night while we decorated the tree, typically I start thinking about my Dad and get weepy, but last night was different. After five years, I was able to think about him and smile, or bring up his name and tell a funny story, instead of cry. The year after he died we would come home and our tree would have fallen. All the ornaments scattered all over the floor. This happened probably five times that season. We were convinced it had to be my Dad keeping us on our toes! I bring this up for anyone going through grief this holiday season. Feel your feelings. Let the tears flow. You don’t need to make anyone else feel comfortable about your grief. It is not weak to cry. It’s okay to say their name or feel sad. Slowly and as the years go, hopefully your tears will start to be replaced with laughter. In time, that deep piercing pain starts to soften and those huge waves that knock you over, and leave you unable to breathe, start to space out. They would want us to choose joy. They would want us to Let Life Smile again. Happy Hanukkah and a very happy start to the holiday season! @optionb is a wonderful resource for anyone needing extra support this time of year. 💞
A few weeks ago, I hosted an online workshop : 🔸Who said the holidays are always happy? 🔸 How to heal during this season when someone you love is missing from your dinner table? 💔
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The major takeaway? .
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Healing during the holidays isn't some far out, impossible accomplishment. It can happen in your own kitchen while pulling out the roast, around your family circle while sharing laughter, or even in the quiet moments between the action. Because when you shift the language of self-talk, you remove those double whammies with one fell swoop and open yourself up to healing 💙
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In 10 days we're giving you this GIFT again 🎁 so you can go from dread and loneliness to honest, authentic appreciation for this time of togetherness 💝
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☑️ How to talk about emotional grief, especially when someone we love is gone from our holiday table
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☑️ How to recreate traditions so they can bloom in new situations and you can appreciate them again .
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☑️ How to plan and navigate all the logistical decisions so you can experience this time without added stress and be present to your needs for healing (Who's going to make the toast? Who will carve the roast?) .
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☑️ All with the bonus of reminding us the true reason for the season (Hint : It's not just about giving.... It's even deeper) .
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So here's the question : 
ARE YOU READY❓
Hit the link in Bio to grab your spot for the next "Who said the holidays are always happy? How to deal during the holidays?" on December 12th LIVE @1 PM PT
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Let the countdown begin, see you in 10 days ⏰
Talk soon,
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#agingcourageously #lonelinessthoughts✨ #aloneatworld #acceptingyourself #themeproject #timeforhealing #griefandloss #holidayscanbehard #livingwithloss #griefandlosssupport #redefininglove #holidays🌴 #everythinghappensforareason❤️ #yourvibeattractsyourtribe🙌 #dontbeafraidofthedark #youarenotalone #happytohelp
A few weeks ago, I hosted an online workshop : 🔸Who said the holidays are always happy? 🔸 How to heal during this season when someone you love is missing from your dinner table? 💔 . . The major takeaway? . . You can PREPARE 🌿 . . Healing during the holidays isn't some far out, impossible accomplishment. It can happen in your own kitchen while pulling out the roast, around your family circle while sharing laughter, or even in the quiet moments between the action. Because when you shift the language of self-talk, you remove those double whammies with one fell swoop and open yourself up to healing 💙 . . In 10 days we're giving you this GIFT again 🎁 so you can go from dread and loneliness to honest, authentic appreciation for this time of togetherness 💝 . . In this workshop, you'll learn : . . ☑️ How to talk about emotional grief, especially when someone we love is gone from our holiday table . . ☑️ How to manage expectations about the festivities and their outcomes so instead of disappointed about things you walk away feeling good . . ☑️ How to recreate traditions so they can bloom in new situations and you can appreciate them again . . ☑️ How to plan and navigate all the logistical decisions so you can experience this time without added stress and be present to your needs for healing (Who's going to make the toast? Who will carve the roast?) . . ☑️ All with the bonus of reminding us the true reason for the season (Hint : It's not just about giving.... It's even deeper) . . So here's the question : ARE YOU READY❓ Hit the link in Bio to grab your spot for the next "Who said the holidays are always happy? How to deal during the holidays?" on December 12th LIVE @1 PM PT . . Let the countdown begin, see you in 10 days ⏰ Talk soon, Kirsten . . . #agingcourageously  #lonelinessthoughts ✨ #aloneatworld  #acceptingyourself  #themeproject  #timeforhealing  #griefandloss  #holidayscanbehard  #livingwithloss  #griefandlosssupport  #redefininglove  #holidays 🌴 #everythinghappensforareason ❤️ #yourvibeattractsyourtribe 🙌 #dontbeafraidofthedark  #youarenotalone  #happytohelp 
I was given some #sleepytimetea in hopes that it would help me feel better and calm my anxiety and help me get some rest and I have to say tea plus Christmas movie is very soothing!🎄😴☕️#anxietyrelief #tobreathe #runningmom #sorethroat #sorebody #calmingsounds #friends #newweeknewstart #holidayscanbehard #coparentingwithanarcissist
Long post ahead...and it gets better at the end 😁
The holiday season has begun and to be honest, for 19 years I haven't truly enjoyed Christmas.  I have dreaded hearing Christmas Carol's on the radio.  Putting up decor has just not seemed festive (in my heart) and it all has seemed like it just isnt worth it. 😪
Why you may be asking...well 19 years ago, I lost my mother (no, she didn't just wander off. Lol). We lost her to the culmination of a 20 year battle with cancer that had ravaged her body and a bout with pneumonia which took her down a path she couldn't recover from.

See, my mom made the holiday. She loved Christmas and he traditions surround it.  And since her passing it has been challenging to find the joy in the season she loved most.❤
Yet, there is always a silver lining. Because when I do ultimately bake the cookies, hang the lights and put the ornaments on the tree, for a few moments she is with me. See she was an artist and would make ornaments for me for the tree and hearth.  So each and every one of those pieces she made I will treasure for the rest of my life. 
So remember that not everyone who appears to hate the holidays does so because they're truly a grinch. Maybe they have a broken heart and just need a little compassion. Each year I have to remind myself to be grateful for the traditions my mother bestowed upon me and that she will always be with us because I am here.🎄🍬🤗 May you find joy in this holiday season! And if you're feeling alone, know that you are not and there ARE others out there going through something similar and you're not alone!

#challengingholiday #holidayseason #holidayscanbehard #butitgetsbetter #hanginthere #illbeyourtribe #yourenotalone #youarenotalone #sendingholidaylove
Long post ahead...and it gets better at the end 😁 The holiday season has begun and to be honest, for 19 years I haven't truly enjoyed Christmas. I have dreaded hearing Christmas Carol's on the radio. Putting up decor has just not seemed festive (in my heart) and it all has seemed like it just isnt worth it. 😪 Why you may be asking...well 19 years ago, I lost my mother (no, she didn't just wander off. Lol). We lost her to the culmination of a 20 year battle with cancer that had ravaged her body and a bout with pneumonia which took her down a path she couldn't recover from. See, my mom made the holiday. She loved Christmas and he traditions surround it. And since her passing it has been challenging to find the joy in the season she loved most.❤ Yet, there is always a silver lining. Because when I do ultimately bake the cookies, hang the lights and put the ornaments on the tree, for a few moments she is with me. See she was an artist and would make ornaments for me for the tree and hearth. So each and every one of those pieces she made I will treasure for the rest of my life. So remember that not everyone who appears to hate the holidays does so because they're truly a grinch. Maybe they have a broken heart and just need a little compassion. Each year I have to remind myself to be grateful for the traditions my mother bestowed upon me and that she will always be with us because I am here.🎄🍬🤗 May you find joy in this holiday season! And if you're feeling alone, know that you are not and there ARE others out there going through something similar and you're not alone! #challengingholiday  #holidayseason  #holidayscanbehard  #butitgetsbetter  #hanginthere  #illbeyourtribe  #yourenotalone  #youarenotalone  #sendingholidaylove 
Self care suggestion - Hydrate! 💦

Drinking water:
💧 Improves brain function
💧 Boosts metabolism
💧 Improves energy level
💧 Clears toxins from the body
💧 Promotes weight loss

It's a quick, simple thing that you can do for you. If you can't hit the whole goal daily, then just add one more glass today than yesterday. 
Small steps are still steps forward. 
#30daychallenge #30dayselfcarechallenge #hydrate #drinkyourwater #itsthelittlethings #takecareofyou #loveyourself #holidayscanbehard #themisfitmama #h2o #skincare #weightloss #doitforyou #december2018 #startthenewyearearly #getajumpstart
Self care suggestion - Hydrate! 💦 Drinking water: 💧 Improves brain function 💧 Boosts metabolism 💧 Improves energy level 💧 Clears toxins from the body 💧 Promotes weight loss It's a quick, simple thing that you can do for you. If you can't hit the whole goal daily, then just add one more glass today than yesterday. Small steps are still steps forward. #30daychallenge  #30dayselfcarechallenge  #hydrate  #drinkyourwater  #itsthelittlethings  #takecareofyou  #loveyourself  #holidayscanbehard  #themisfitmama  #h2o  #skincare  #weightloss  #doitforyou  #december2018  #startthenewyearearly  #getajumpstart 
You see it’s easy to show people what you think they want but how about the truth?!? I had amazing wings!!! I also had some potatoes with those wings! Why because I really really wanted them! I also had @ketocakesutah cupcakes for breakfast! Right now it’s about a balance for me! I need to take some time and really look at what I want my journey to look like and my whys because losing weight became to much of a focus for me and that led to some pretty bad self talk and that leads down a dark road. @melissdoesketo was amazing and sent me #brainoverbinge and I plan on spending some time really devouring it. In transparency I know where I’m struggling and it’s demon I always face and I always hit a wall and it’s where I’ve spent most of my money, time, effort, and energy trying to overcome most of my life!! Some demons run deep! But here’s the thing I’m a fighter, I’m stronger then I’ve been mentally in a long time, and I know I have an army of amazing supporters here and you guys support and love means more then you know, even more so going into the holidays!! #ketolife #reality #itsajourney #wings #balance #failureiswhenyoustoptrying #holidayscanbehard
You see it’s easy to show people what you think they want but how about the truth?!? I had amazing wings!!! I also had some potatoes with those wings! Why because I really really wanted them! I also had @ketocakesutah cupcakes for breakfast! Right now it’s about a balance for me! I need to take some time and really look at what I want my journey to look like and my whys because losing weight became to much of a focus for me and that led to some pretty bad self talk and that leads down a dark road. @melissdoesketo was amazing and sent me #brainoverbinge  and I plan on spending some time really devouring it. In transparency I know where I’m struggling and it’s demon I always face and I always hit a wall and it’s where I’ve spent most of my money, time, effort, and energy trying to overcome most of my life!! Some demons run deep! But here’s the thing I’m a fighter, I’m stronger then I’ve been mentally in a long time, and I know I have an army of amazing supporters here and you guys support and love means more then you know, even more so going into the holidays!! #ketolife  #reality  #itsajourney  #wings  #balance  #failureiswhenyoustoptrying  #holidayscanbehard 
For various reasons this week, my husband and I both said "I'm not okay" and "That's Okay". This is normal for the time of year. More people have a feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed, or mentally out of balance. First, you are not alone. Second, most companies have an EAP program free of charge for these moments.
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EAP programs can typically help you with - 21st Century Living, Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Dealing with Change, Emotional, Family, Financial, Job, Legal, Leisure Activities, Loss, Medical, Relationships.  Speak to your HR department for access information.
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#holidayscanbehard #tistheseason #mentalhealthawareness #keepingyouintheknow #givingmomsthegiftoftime #itsokaytotalk #takecareofyourself #findyourbalance #holidaymentalhealth #tlmn #momlife #parentlife #useyourresources #dadlife #familylife @thelocalmomsnetwork #takeabreath #mensactionnetwork
For various reasons this week, my husband and I both said "I'm not okay" and "That's Okay". This is normal for the time of year. More people have a feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed, or mentally out of balance. First, you are not alone. Second, most companies have an EAP program free of charge for these moments. . . EAP programs can typically help you with - 21st Century Living, Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Dealing with Change, Emotional, Family, Financial, Job, Legal, Leisure Activities, Loss, Medical, Relationships. Speak to your HR department for access information. . . #holidayscanbehard  #tistheseason  #mentalhealthawareness  #keepingyouintheknow  #givingmomsthegiftoftime  #itsokaytotalk  #takecareofyourself  #findyourbalance  #holidaymentalhealth  #tlmn  #momlife  #parentlife  #useyourresources  #dadlife  #familylife  @thelocalmomsnetwork #takeabreath  #mensactionnetwork 
So...some days, it's easy for me to compare my *behind the scenes* to someone else's *highlight reel*. Then I have to remember the goal isn't about establishing a lifestyle brand, it's about living in brand new ways. ♥️ People SURVIVE differently. I tend to *talk about it* these days, but years ago I was *silent*. I am also in the business of *creating* now & then to work through my tough moments.

My surviving loss is about people (not things) & not always thru death but sometimes silence/distance. I consistently internalize & ask "What did I do? How can I fix it? How many times do I reach out before the lack of response becomes my answer?". And then I read something that said (loosely): Don't take someone's silence personally. Maybe they've distanced themselves to take care of themselves. Their immediate tribe. And they just don't have anything else to give right now bc they are trying to SURVIVE. 
And that changed me. 
Most days, that gets me by without my heart crumbling. But HOLIDAYS? Yowza...they stir up #allthefeels. The emotional rollercoaster ride from the end of November through the beginning days of January are no joke for me.The emotional weather report is mostly joyful w/intermittent gloomy moments combined with some pop-up emotional downpours. You know...*normal* for #empaths.

I find myself coping well enough at the moment.  I've taken the goodness (the memories, the laughter, the stories no one else would) & I've accepted (most days) that it was better to have LOVED & LOST than never to have LOVED AT ALL. Yeah, I know it sounds uber cheesy...but it's real. 
You just never know the battles someone else is fighting or what another is trying to survive. And you sure can't always tell what their trauma is by HOW they are coping. So being KIND has gotta be the way. 
Even if their waters look calm & their social media looks #ahmayzing...remember there might be a colossal storm hiding just outside of the camera frame & you might not want their *shiny* after all & they might long for your *real*. ♥️ #bekind #bealight #tryingtosurvive #beafriend #becreative  #loveisneverlost #smilebecauseithappened #holidayscanbehard #maythememoriesbeablessing
So...some days, it's easy for me to compare my *behind the scenes* to someone else's *highlight reel*. Then I have to remember the goal isn't about establishing a lifestyle brand, it's about living in brand new ways. ♥️ People SURVIVE differently. I tend to *talk about it* these days, but years ago I was *silent*. I am also in the business of *creating* now & then to work through my tough moments. My surviving loss is about people (not things) & not always thru death but sometimes silence/distance. I consistently internalize & ask "What did I do? How can I fix it? How many times do I reach out before the lack of response becomes my answer?". And then I read something that said (loosely): Don't take someone's silence personally. Maybe they've distanced themselves to take care of themselves. Their immediate tribe. And they just don't have anything else to give right now bc they are trying to SURVIVE. And that changed me. Most days, that gets me by without my heart crumbling. But HOLIDAYS? Yowza...they stir up #allthefeels . The emotional rollercoaster ride from the end of November through the beginning days of January are no joke for me.The emotional weather report is mostly joyful w/intermittent gloomy moments combined with some pop-up emotional downpours. You know...*normal* for #empaths . I find myself coping well enough at the moment. I've taken the goodness (the memories, the laughter, the stories no one else would) & I've accepted (most days) that it was better to have LOVED & LOST than never to have LOVED AT ALL. Yeah, I know it sounds uber cheesy...but it's real. You just never know the battles someone else is fighting or what another is trying to survive. And you sure can't always tell what their trauma is by HOW they are coping. So being KIND has gotta be the way. Even if their waters look calm & their social media looks #ahmayzing ...remember there might be a colossal storm hiding just outside of the camera frame & you might not want their *shiny* after all & they might long for your *real*. ♥️ #bekind  #bealight  #tryingtosurvive  #beafriend  #becreative  #loveisneverlost  #smilebecauseithappened  #holidayscanbehard  #maythememoriesbeablessing 
The holidays can be a hard time for those who are having fertility issues.  Seeing family and friends who ask the same questions. No kids yet? When are you guys gonna have a family? Make babies already would ya?! Don’t you WANT kids? Everyone wants kids! 
No, not everyone wants kids.  So leave them alone. Mind your own business. If they haven’t shared THEIR personal story with you then take a hint. They don’t want to. Why? Because it’s none of your business.  Will you be carrying this child? Will you de feeding and educating it? No? Ok perfect...then sit down. 
Or maybe they DO want kids, maybe this is attempt number 4 and 3 others have failed. Maybe IVF is too much money and they just can’t afford yet another treatment.  Maybe it isn’t in the cards for them and maybe, just maybe they have decided the hurt was too much and they don’t want to adopt. Maybe it’s none of your business. 
Don’t ask!  Leave them alone! 
For all my moms who never gave birth, my sisters who’ve made the choice not to populate the earth, for all of you... this post. Just this. 🤗#morningmotivation #love#mindyourbusiness #family #goals #biteyourtongue #holidays #holidayscanbehard #depression #sad #fertility #fertilitydiet #bekind #dontbenosy
The holidays can be a hard time for those who are having fertility issues. Seeing family and friends who ask the same questions. No kids yet? When are you guys gonna have a family? Make babies already would ya?! Don’t you WANT kids? Everyone wants kids! No, not everyone wants kids. So leave them alone. Mind your own business. If they haven’t shared THEIR personal story with you then take a hint. They don’t want to. Why? Because it’s none of your business. Will you be carrying this child? Will you de feeding and educating it? No? Ok perfect...then sit down. Or maybe they DO want kids, maybe this is attempt number 4 and 3 others have failed. Maybe IVF is too much money and they just can’t afford yet another treatment. Maybe it isn’t in the cards for them and maybe, just maybe they have decided the hurt was too much and they don’t want to adopt. Maybe it’s none of your business. Don’t ask! Leave them alone! For all my moms who never gave birth, my sisters who’ve made the choice not to populate the earth, for all of you... this post. Just this. 🤗#morningmotivation  #love #mindyourbusiness  #family  #goals  #biteyourtongue  #holidays  #holidayscanbehard  #depression  #sad  #fertility  #fertilitydiet  #bekind  #dontbenosy 
I’m really trying to embrace the holiday season but it’s hard for me for so many reasons. At least I love my new digs and this #ambiance is a good start! 
#holidaydecor #holidayscanbehard #gettingthere #divorce #poinsettia #cozyhome
I put up several Christmas Trees every year, but THIS TREE is the most important. 
The lights don’t work anymore, and I need to redo them but I can’t bring myself to take it apart. 
This was (is) Seton’s tree. My mother in law, Terri, bought for me when Seton was placed in the hospital for the last time. He loved to lay on the floor under the Christmas trees and stare at the lights. So I couldn’t stand him not having one in his hospital room. 
Some other friends brought all the sock monkeys and ribbons, Zane’s Sister made the paper angels and stars. 
The frog and mighty warrior ornaments were put on after we came home without him because they were his ornaments. I added all my red decorations that weren’t too big for the tree. The skirt was from my dorm room /office tree, over the years and this was used in the funeral home and church at his funeral. 🎈
Maybe this year I will take several pictures and redo the lights.
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#christmastrees #itsbeginingtolookalotlikechristmas #setonblaine #SBO🎈 #missyoueveryday #grievingmomma #itsbeen6years #foreverinourhearts #grief #grieflooksdifferentforeveryone #griefsupport #griefjourney #griefandloss #holidayscanbehard #joyformourning #countyourblessings #spendtimewiththeonesyoulove
I put up several Christmas Trees every year, but THIS TREE is the most important. The lights don’t work anymore, and I need to redo them but I can’t bring myself to take it apart. This was (is) Seton’s tree. My mother in law, Terri, bought for me when Seton was placed in the hospital for the last time. He loved to lay on the floor under the Christmas trees and stare at the lights. So I couldn’t stand him not having one in his hospital room. Some other friends brought all the sock monkeys and ribbons, Zane’s Sister made the paper angels and stars. The frog and mighty warrior ornaments were put on after we came home without him because they were his ornaments. I added all my red decorations that weren’t too big for the tree. The skirt was from my dorm room /office tree, over the years and this was used in the funeral home and church at his funeral. 🎈 Maybe this year I will take several pictures and redo the lights. . . . #christmastrees  #itsbeginingtolookalotlikechristmas  #setonblaine  #SBO 🎈 #missyoueveryday  #grievingmomma  #itsbeen6years  #foreverinourhearts  #grief  #grieflooksdifferentforeveryone  #griefsupport  #griefjourney  #griefandloss  #holidayscanbehard  #joyformourning  #countyourblessings  #spendtimewiththeonesyoulove 
THIS Sunday... join the Punx & Monx crew for 1st Sunday of Advent to kick off season & check in on how people are doing with holidays, seasonal depression, joy, etc. We'll have dinner, bring a beach chair & we hope to have a fire pit so we can all hang on front lawn of our retreat/drop in center. Sing a few songs... & be together! Private message for address. #allarewelcome #advent #barrowedphoto #weaddedthetext #obviously #holidayscanrock #holidayscanbehard #seasonaldepression #seasonaljoy #punxandmonx
THIS Sunday... join the Punx & Monx crew for 1st Sunday of Advent to kick off season & check in on how people are doing with holidays, seasonal depression, joy, etc. We'll have dinner, bring a beach chair & we hope to have a fire pit so we can all hang on front lawn of our retreat/drop in center. Sing a few songs... & be together! Private message for address. #allarewelcome  #advent  #barrowedphoto  #weaddedthetext  #obviously  #holidayscanrock  #holidayscanbehard  #seasonaldepression  #seasonaljoy  #punxandmonx 
I am thrilled to be back from a brief maternity leave and back to part-time office hours.
For those who have not already connected with me or who are not on my newsletter list I wanted to send out a quick update on my return to practice planning: 
I am back to part-time hours and my hopes/plan is to be gradually increasing my hours to full time again as soon as I am able (if all goes as planned within the next 3-9 months). At this time I am encouraging all current or past clients who would like support during this time to schedule ahead of time as spaces are filling up about 4 -5 weeks ahead. (I do also have a cancellation list so let me know if you would like to be added). I will also be doing full time time hours for a few weeks in December in order to accommodate the stressful times during the holidays and the end of the benefit year for most; however these spaces are filling up quickly! (Contact me directly if you are interested in reserving a space as these spaces are not listed online yet and I am anticipating that December will fill soon). Thank-you so much for your understanding during this time and I look forward to being of service over the holidays! #holidayhelp #psychologyyyc #maximizeyourbenefits #holidaystress #holidayanxiety #holidayscanbehard #heretohelp
I am thrilled to be back from a brief maternity leave and back to part-time office hours. For those who have not already connected with me or who are not on my newsletter list I wanted to send out a quick update on my return to practice planning: I am back to part-time hours and my hopes/plan is to be gradually increasing my hours to full time again as soon as I am able (if all goes as planned within the next 3-9 months). At this time I am encouraging all current or past clients who would like support during this time to schedule ahead of time as spaces are filling up about 4 -5 weeks ahead. (I do also have a cancellation list so let me know if you would like to be added). I will also be doing full time time hours for a few weeks in December in order to accommodate the stressful times during the holidays and the end of the benefit year for most; however these spaces are filling up quickly! (Contact me directly if you are interested in reserving a space as these spaces are not listed online yet and I am anticipating that December will fill soon). Thank-you so much for your understanding during this time and I look forward to being of service over the holidays! #holidayhelp  #psychologyyyc  #maximizeyourbenefits  #holidaystress  #holidayanxiety  #holidayscanbehard  #heretohelp 
We all need reminders... But truthfully the holidays are such a stressful time for some. And it’s a good reminder to think of all the blessings instead of the stresses. 
#tuesdaywisdom #holidayscanbehard #thankfulformyblessings
Trying so hard to see abs through my mashed potato belly today.
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Nothing says “get your shit together” quite like a 35 minute cardio sesh. What a wake up call!! Even though last week I stayed on track with my workouts my nutrition was beyond bad. You can work out all day, every day... but if your nutrition sucks the workouts won’t be phenomenal either. They say abs are made in the kitchen... unfortunately so are potatoes, breads, and desserts.
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Thankfully- new week, new mindset. And I don’t have to do it alone. I can re-get my shit together with the help of my friends. Even if I don’t physically see my workout gang, the support and community feeling from them is amazing.
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Trying so hard to see abs through my mashed potato belly today. . Nothing says “get your shit together” quite like a 35 minute cardio sesh. What a wake up call!! Even though last week I stayed on track with my workouts my nutrition was beyond bad. You can work out all day, every day... but if your nutrition sucks the workouts won’t be phenomenal either. They say abs are made in the kitchen... unfortunately so are potatoes, breads, and desserts. . Thankfully- new week, new mindset. And I don’t have to do it alone. I can re-get my shit together with the help of my friends. Even if I don’t physically see my workout gang, the support and community feeling from them is amazing. . Are you looking for: |support&accountability| |meal prep tips and guidelines| |daily workouts (100s to choose from)| |daily super shake with too many benefits to list| ? ? ? If you’re ready to unstuff yourself... dm me or comment below. $20 off PLUS $ back in your pocket from yours truly... this offer WILL NOT last forever. . #unstuffyourself  #thanksgivinghangover  #holidayscanbehard  #thisisthirty  #furmama  #accountabilitypartner  #homeworkoutswork  #911dispatcher  #thingoldline 
Day 12: Hello all, sorry bout being MIA y'all know how the holidays go lol. This mornings breakfast brought to you by my awesome hubby, scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey sausage, and hash brown patty. Tried to go as low carb as possible but a few won't hurt 😉😉. I'm happy to say I'm 12 days soda free 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🤩🤩🤩 it's getting easier, and I'm having fewer cravings. I didn't go too crazy for Thanksgiving, I only had one small piece of pie when the time came. I'm very proud of the small changes I'm making and being successful at. I hope y'all had a good Thanksgiving. #takingcontrol #smallchanges #lesscarbs #allthewater #sodafree #holidayscanbehard #twinmom #matchingbabies #thisisthelongestivebeensodafree #headingtowardahealthierlife
Day 12: Hello all, sorry bout being MIA y'all know how the holidays go lol. This mornings breakfast brought to you by my awesome hubby, scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey sausage, and hash brown patty. Tried to go as low carb as possible but a few won't hurt 😉😉. I'm happy to say I'm 12 days soda free 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🤩🤩🤩 it's getting easier, and I'm having fewer cravings. I didn't go too crazy for Thanksgiving, I only had one small piece of pie when the time came. I'm very proud of the small changes I'm making and being successful at. I hope y'all had a good Thanksgiving. #takingcontrol  #smallchanges  #lesscarbs  #allthewater  #sodafree  #holidayscanbehard  #twinmom  #matchingbabies  #thisisthelongestivebeensodafree  #headingtowardahealthierlife 
Real talk for this Soulful Sunday. 🙏🏻The holidays are hard for some, but today I focus on LOVE ❤️in my new blog post. Please click the link in my bio ⤴️and click “read my blog”. Thank you all!🙌🏻
Real talk for this Soulful Sunday. 🙏🏻The holidays are hard for some, but today I focus on LOVE ❤️in my new blog post. Please click the link in my bio ⤴️and click “read my blog”. Thank you all!🙌🏻
I miss my brother. He's been gone 5 years now. Life has changed so much. I miss hearing his voice at the holidays - he always called no matter where he was in the world. He never, ever forgot a single one of us on a holiday or birthday. I wasn't blessed with that gene and I still have this feeling that Jack will call and remind me to call one of my sisters. Our family isn't the same without him. #holidayscanbehard #imissmybrother
I miss my brother. He's been gone 5 years now. Life has changed so much. I miss hearing his voice at the holidays - he always called no matter where he was in the world. He never, ever forgot a single one of us on a holiday or birthday. I wasn't blessed with that gene and I still have this feeling that Jack will call and remind me to call one of my sisters. Our family isn't the same without him. #holidayscanbehard  #imissmybrother 
The holidays are not merry & bright for everyone. Please remember to be extra kind this time of year. You never know the battles people are fighting. Taking a break and breaking the house rules with my sweet Beagle #raedunn #youvegotthis #bekind #holidayscanbehard
The holidays are not merry & bright for everyone. Please remember to be extra kind this time of year. You never know the battles people are fighting. Taking a break and breaking the house rules with my sweet Beagle #raedunn  #youvegotthis  #bekind  #holidayscanbehard 
I’m getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family (we never celebrate on real Thanksgiving) and even though I know I’ll be surrounded by a bunch of people (albeit crazy ones 😉) who would go to the ends of the earth for me, who love and support and forgive and respect me...it still can feel lonely. I’m all for the positive affirmations, getting into the vortex, and practicing gratitude, but I’m also for honest expression and truth. This piece spoke to me today, and so I thought I would share. 
And now that I’ve acknowledged some not so good feelings, it’s time to get on to raising my frequency as I remind myself that things are exactly as they should be. 
#rupikaurpoetry #roguerevel #hometoherself #selfcare #lonliness #family #holidayscanbehard #positivevibes #positivethinking #positiveaffirmations #inthevortex #abrahamhicks #practicegratitude #gratitude #thanksgiving #honesty #selfexpression #poetry #art #raiseyourfrequency #thingsareastheyshouldbe #trusttheuniverse #everythingalwaysworksoutforme
I’m getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family (we never celebrate on real Thanksgiving) and even though I know I’ll be surrounded by a bunch of people (albeit crazy ones 😉) who would go to the ends of the earth for me, who love and support and forgive and respect me...it still can feel lonely. I’m all for the positive affirmations, getting into the vortex, and practicing gratitude, but I’m also for honest expression and truth. This piece spoke to me today, and so I thought I would share. And now that I’ve acknowledged some not so good feelings, it’s time to get on to raising my frequency as I remind myself that things are exactly as they should be. #rupikaurpoetry  #roguerevel  #hometoherself  #selfcare  #lonliness  #family  #holidayscanbehard  #positivevibes  #positivethinking  #positiveaffirmations  #inthevortex  #abrahamhicks  #practicegratitude  #gratitude  #thanksgiving  #honesty  #selfexpression  #poetry  #art  #raiseyourfrequency  #thingsareastheyshouldbe  #trusttheuniverse  #everythingalwaysworksoutforme 
After what may have been a difficult holiday for some, we might want to take some time to debrief and analyze. My thoughts and ideas on my blog this week. #edrecovery #holidayscanbehard http://www.innerrevolution.org/debrief-analyze/
After what may have been a difficult holiday for some, we might want to take some time to debrief and analyze. My thoughts and ideas on my blog this week. #edrecovery  #holidayscanbehard  http://www.innerrevolution.org/debrief-analyze/
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Thank you for sharing these special reminders. You’re a rock star girl! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗
#emotionaleating #emotionaleater #foodisgood #copingmechanism #yougotthis #loveyourself #listentoyourbody #yourmentalhealthmatters #holidays #holidayscanbehard #youareworthit
How is your black Friday shopping going?? Well little advice PLEASE be nice to everyone during the holidays. You have no idea what demons they are battling ,if they lost a loved one or miss there kids or family. In my case, obviously looking good on the outside but battling constant pain in the inside. I know how much a little passion goes along way. Who cares if a product is out of stock it's not the employees fault. Who cares if they are out of pumpkin spice just be nice. #beagoodperson #beagoodhuman #PAYITFOWARD #imaylookgreatoutsidebutiamgettingweakerinside #holidays #holidayscanbehard #imnotavictim  #invisibleillness #crohns #demons #missingaloveone
How is your black Friday shopping going?? Well little advice PLEASE be nice to everyone during the holidays. You have no idea what demons they are battling ,if they lost a loved one or miss there kids or family. In my case, obviously looking good on the outside but battling constant pain in the inside. I know how much a little passion goes along way. Who cares if a product is out of stock it's not the employees fault. Who cares if they are out of pumpkin spice just be nice. #beagoodperson  #beagoodhuman  #PAYITFOWARD  #imaylookgreatoutsidebutiamgettingweakerinside  #holidays  #holidayscanbehard  #imnotavictim  #invisibleillness  #crohns  #demons  #missingaloveone 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄. .
I actually put our trees up weeks ago because the weather was nice and we had a weekend at home to do it. .
But I really do enjoy decorating and this is our first Christmas 🎄 in our new house 🏡. . 
Last year at this time we were moving into a different house and I was rushed around decorating it for the first time.
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Crazy how much can happen in just a year. .
Holidays can be hard for so many no matter how much we try to find joy. .
I know this past year was one I never want to repeat. .
Both parents were diagnosed with cancer and we found out my Dad also needed open heart surgery all within 24 hours of each other. .
I was leaving my husband and 3 kids in Illinois every month for a week or so at a time so I could travel to Tn to help anyway I could. January-September was the most stressful time in my life. .
I feel like it aged me 10 years. 😊 
Don’t get me wrong, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I had to but dear God I pray this next year is less stressful. .
This past year made me realize that life can change in a split second. .
Life is precious and life as you know it can become unrecognizable.  You can go from being on top of the World and feeling like you’re in control to feeling like you have no control and you’re covered in sinking sand. .
This past year has also taught me it’s ok to say NO!  I’m getting much better at it. Cause friends if you don’t take care of yourself, YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF OTHERS!
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I have learned that even when you feel like you have nothing left to give, no strength left, no energy and no desire to do those things you once loved..... that God is always there. He carried me through this year.... I don’t even think he guided me... I was so weak and tired that he picked me up and carried me. .
This Holiday Season is so different than the years past. 
My thoughts have changed, our lives have changed and I am forever changed. .
One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for Christmas 🎄and ❤️ for decorating. . Do what brings you JoY during the hard times .. do it no matter how crazy it may seem to others. 😘
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄. . I actually put our trees up weeks ago because the weather was nice and we had a weekend at home to do it. . But I really do enjoy decorating and this is our first Christmas 🎄 in our new house 🏡. . Last year at this time we were moving into a different house and I was rushed around decorating it for the first time. . Crazy how much can happen in just a year. . Holidays can be hard for so many no matter how much we try to find joy. . I know this past year was one I never want to repeat. . Both parents were diagnosed with cancer and we found out my Dad also needed open heart surgery all within 24 hours of each other. . I was leaving my husband and 3 kids in Illinois every month for a week or so at a time so I could travel to Tn to help anyway I could. January-September was the most stressful time in my life. . I feel like it aged me 10 years. 😊 Don’t get me wrong, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I had to but dear God I pray this next year is less stressful. . This past year made me realize that life can change in a split second. . Life is precious and life as you know it can become unrecognizable. You can go from being on top of the World and feeling like you’re in control to feeling like you have no control and you’re covered in sinking sand. . This past year has also taught me it’s ok to say NO! I’m getting much better at it. Cause friends if you don’t take care of yourself, YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF OTHERS! . I have learned that even when you feel like you have nothing left to give, no strength left, no energy and no desire to do those things you once loved..... that God is always there. He carried me through this year.... I don’t even think he guided me... I was so weak and tired that he picked me up and carried me. . This Holiday Season is so different than the years past. My thoughts have changed, our lives have changed and I am forever changed. . One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for Christmas 🎄and ❤️ for decorating. . Do what brings you JoY during the hard times .. do it no matter how crazy it may seem to others. 😘
So.... After all that, I forgot to bring out the freshly made cranberry sauce and we didn't feel like  waiting for the pumpkin cheesecake bars to chill. .
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It was probably my most quiet thanksgiving ever. My family gathered in CA where they all live, and my husband was stuck in OK training for a new position in the army. I got to see my older kids and parents with the magic of FaceTime. And somehow, I even made it through the day without crying. So very thankful for this youngest son of mine--he may be a teenager, but this child can always make me smile ❤️. .
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Counting down the days when we will all will be together in the flesh for Christmas time. .
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Hope you all had a nice holiday whether quiet or bountiful. And for those of you who were apart from your family, like me, I pray that you found some joy and light or created your  own. 💫
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So.... After all that, I forgot to bring out the freshly made cranberry sauce and we didn't feel like waiting for the pumpkin cheesecake bars to chill. . . It was probably my most quiet thanksgiving ever. My family gathered in CA where they all live, and my husband was stuck in OK training for a new position in the army. I got to see my older kids and parents with the magic of FaceTime. And somehow, I even made it through the day without crying. So very thankful for this youngest son of mine--he may be a teenager, but this child can always make me smile ❤️. . . Counting down the days when we will all will be together in the flesh for Christmas time. . . Hope you all had a nice holiday whether quiet or bountiful. And for those of you who were apart from your family, like me, I pray that you found some joy and light or created your own. 💫 😘
Today is the day!!! I’m so excited to get started on the Sleigh the Season challenge!!! 💪🏼🎄😁 My friends have lost 4-10 pounds in just 14 days, and MANY friends have won prizes too...4 have won $100 and 2 have won $1000!!!!
Grand prize is $10,000...I took my before pictures 😳😱...are you ready to join me?!?
#sleightheseason #holidayscanbehard #holidayweightlosschallenge #holidayweightloss #healthynotskinny #icandoanythingfor14days #proteinshakes #mealreplacement #feedingamerica #42meals #seasonofgiving #seasonofsharing #happyholidays2018
Today is the day!!! I’m so excited to get started on the Sleigh the Season challenge!!! 💪🏼🎄😁 My friends have lost 4-10 pounds in just 14 days, and MANY friends have won prizes too...4 have won $100 and 2 have won $1000!!!! Grand prize is $10,000...I took my before pictures 😳😱...are you ready to join me?!? #sleightheseason  #holidayscanbehard  #holidayweightlosschallenge  #holidayweightloss  #healthynotskinny  #icandoanythingfor14days  #proteinshakes  #mealreplacement  #feedingamerica  #42meals  #seasonofgiving  #seasonofsharing  #happyholidays2018 
*sound on please!*
Hope your day was filled with relaxation and love. If we can be of service though, we’re open again, just #gobble!  #bahahahaha #happythanksgiving #holidayscanbehard  #massagehelps
365+ Grateful Project entry 717:
"It is not those who are happy, who are grateful; it is those who are grateful, who are happy." If you can still laugh through the tears, you are certainly 717 times grateful. If you can still put one foot in front of the other even when every step sends shooting pain up your legs, like the original Little Mermaid, you're 717 times worth living... Read the full post as text in the pictures or, if you need translation, read it on my FB. 
#grateful #holidayscanbehard #mentalhealthawareness #loss #grief #holidayblues #understandingdepression #mentalhealthwarrior #suicidepreventor #fighton #ifightformysmile #justkeepswimming #suckitupanddriveon #dementorslayer #iammyownpatronus #brokenbeautiful #iamkintsugi #humankintsukuroi #torn
#artistsofinstagram #littlemermaid #mermaids #woundedhealer #healingartist
365+ Grateful Project entry 717: "It is not those who are happy, who are grateful; it is those who are grateful, who are happy." If you can still laugh through the tears, you are certainly 717 times grateful. If you can still put one foot in front of the other even when every step sends shooting pain up your legs, like the original Little Mermaid, you're 717 times worth living... Read the full post as text in the pictures or, if you need translation, read it on my FB. #grateful  #holidayscanbehard  #mentalhealthawareness  #loss  #grief  #holidayblues  #understandingdepression  #mentalhealthwarrior  #suicidepreventor  #fighton  #ifightformysmile  #justkeepswimming  #suckitupanddriveon  #dementorslayer  #iammyownpatronus  #brokenbeautiful  #iamkintsugi  #humankintsukuroi  #torn  #artistsofinstagram  #littlemermaid  #mermaids  #woundedhealer  #healingartist 
I have not lost loved ones to suicide but, as a preventor, I have lived with the fear of such loss. Also, I've experienced other kinds of grief and loss. For those who need advice on how to cope with the holidays in the absence of loved ones, check out this link:
https://themighty.com/2016/12/surviving-the-holidays-after-suicide-loss/?utm_source=engagement_bar&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_share

#mentalhealthawareness #invisiblewounds #suicidelosssurvivors #suicidelosssurvivor #suicidepreventionawareness #mentalhealthwarrior #suicidepreventor #holidayscanbehard #loss #grief
I have not lost loved ones to suicide but, as a preventor, I have lived with the fear of such loss. Also, I've experienced other kinds of grief and loss. For those who need advice on how to cope with the holidays in the absence of loved ones, check out this link: https://themighty.com/2016/12/surviving-the-holidays-after-suicide-loss/?utm_source=engagement_bar&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_share #mentalhealthawareness  #invisiblewounds  #suicidelosssurvivors  #suicidelosssurvivor  #suicidepreventionawareness  #mentalhealthwarrior  #suicidepreventor  #holidayscanbehard  #loss  #grief 
Today I am Thankful that I had a home to be welcomed into. Thankful for a beautifully scrumptious meal to share amongst family. Thankful for being hugged and loved upon by my niece and nephews. For those who didn’t have a home to visit, a meal to share, a family member to hug or just having a hard time with the holidays in general... I am sending you some extra special love, a piece of pie and a hug..
#happythanksgiving #holidayscanbehard #hugthosewhoneeditmost #thankful
Today I am Thankful that I had a home to be welcomed into. Thankful for a beautifully scrumptious meal to share amongst family. Thankful for being hugged and loved upon by my niece and nephews. For those who didn’t have a home to visit, a meal to share, a family member to hug or just having a hard time with the holidays in general... I am sending you some extra special love, a piece of pie and a hug.. #happythanksgiving  #holidayscanbehard  #hugthosewhoneeditmost  #thankful 
End of day. Lemon loaf cake with homemade icing and a glass of honey whiskey. I’m thankful for this wonderful life. #seconddrinkoftheday #nexttothefire #addwater #finallydone #content #satisfied #happy #holidayscanbehard #survivor #thriver
my grandparents are just the cutest, they’ve been together forever 💜 my grandfather is currently battling cancer, and each day it’s definitely a battle, and my grandmother never leaves .. blessed to have them both around for another thanksgiving #grandparents #lovethemsomuch #holidayscanbehard #cancersucks #emilyandtom 💜😍😘
my grandparents are just the cutest, they’ve been together forever 💜 my grandfather is currently battling cancer, and each day it’s definitely a battle, and my grandmother never leaves .. blessed to have them both around for another thanksgiving #grandparents  #lovethemsomuch  #holidayscanbehard  #cancersucks  #emilyandtom  💜😍😘
It’s been 16 earthly days without you Dad, and 10 days since you were laid to rest. We had planned to visit at Thanksgiving, but God had other plans for you. So today we brought out your candle and know you are here joining us in spirit. I just know you’re having the most amazing Thanksgiving with Jesus, and your parents and sister. I bet you’re cooking up something crazy! Today is bittersweet without talking to you, but I’m thankful... for the memories we’ll always have. ❤️
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#lifeinrosegold #charlestonblogger #hereinspirit #thankyoudad #firstholidaywithoutyou #restinpeace #memorialcandle #thanksgivingwithjesus #navyveteran #armynationalguard #cowboy #vietnamveteran #weloveyou #neverforgotten #dad #grandpa #holidayscanbehard #thelifehelived #somanyadventures #thanksgiving2018
It’s been 16 earthly days without you Dad, and 10 days since you were laid to rest. We had planned to visit at Thanksgiving, but God had other plans for you. So today we brought out your candle and know you are here joining us in spirit. I just know you’re having the most amazing Thanksgiving with Jesus, and your parents and sister. I bet you’re cooking up something crazy! Today is bittersweet without talking to you, but I’m thankful... for the memories we’ll always have. ❤️ . . . . . . . #lifeinrosegold  #charlestonblogger  #hereinspirit  #thankyoudad  #firstholidaywithoutyou  #restinpeace  #memorialcandle  #thanksgivingwithjesus  #navyveteran  #armynationalguard  #cowboy  #vietnamveteran  #weloveyou  #neverforgotten  #dad  #grandpa  #holidayscanbehard  #thelifehelived  #somanyadventures  #thanksgiving2018 
#TBT Thanksgiving 1984! Mom being SASSY! She always prepped the turkey & fixins in her bathrobe & got dressed while everything was cookin'....so I did the same this morning in her honor!  Luckily, I only had one dish to make!! 🦃🍗😘 #happythanksgivng #holidayscanbehard #hugyourlovedones #lovemymom #missmymom #thankful #thankfultocallhermom
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today! 🦃
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I hope that your tummy is full, your friends and family surround you, and your heart is grateful.💞
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And I know that today can be hard for some. If this is you, know that you are loved, remembered, and appreciated. 💖
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Wishing everyone the best. 💕
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#jenhayescreations #redheartyarns #fairfieldworld #thanksgiving #crochetturkey #lovecrochet #lovepeoplelovelife #crochetersofinstagram #crochetforlife #crocheteverything #crochetaddict #holidayscanbehard #crochetgirlgang #crochetgram #craftastherapy #crochetdesigner #fiberartistsofinstagram  #fiberart #gratefulheart #grateful #yarnloversofinstagram #yarnaddict #yarnpunk #yarnlife #handmadeisbest #crochetisbae #creativelifehappylife #makerspace #maker #crochetgeek
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today! 🦃 . I hope that your tummy is full, your friends and family surround you, and your heart is grateful.💞 . And I know that today can be hard for some. If this is you, know that you are loved, remembered, and appreciated. 💖 . Wishing everyone the best. 💕 . . . . . #jenhayescreations  #redheartyarns  #fairfieldworld  #thanksgiving  #crochetturkey  #lovecrochet  #lovepeoplelovelife  #crochetersofinstagram  #crochetforlife  #crocheteverything  #crochetaddict  #holidayscanbehard  #crochetgirlgang  #crochetgram  #craftastherapy  #crochetdesigner  #fiberartistsofinstagram  #fiberart  #gratefulheart  #grateful  #yarnloversofinstagram  #yarnaddict  #yarnpunk  #yarnlife  #handmadeisbest  #crochetisbae  #creativelifehappylife  #makerspace  #maker  #crochetgeek 
Happy Thanksgiving Instagram Family and Friends!

For most, holidays are a joyous occasion, but for some, the holidays are a sad, tearful and lonely time.  They may be spending their first holiday without a loved one. It could be the first time someone spends the holidays away from home.  Holidays could conjure up bad memories and they just don't like them, and that's okay. 
I am fortunate to be among the former category and holidays are joyous for me, but there have been times in my life when holidays weren't so welcome.  Grace kept me, and thankfully, holidays are what they used to be. 
All this to say, I hope for those struggling today, that one day, holidays may not be so tortuous, but in the meantime, know that I am here for you and others are too. 
If it gets too bad, reach out for help, 
1-800-273-8255
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

To some, people may say that’s extreme, but I have seen it in practice, where holidays are too much to bear for some people, and thankfully they sought help before it was too late.

#thanksgiving #thanksgiving2018 
#thanksgivingdinner #holidayblues #holidayscanbelonely #holidayscanbehard #suicideprevention #holidaysarentalwayshappy #holidayscanbesad #craftymixtresswithasideofrn #craftymixtress
Happy Thanksgiving Instagram Family and Friends! For most, holidays are a joyous occasion, but for some, the holidays are a sad, tearful and lonely time. They may be spending their first holiday without a loved one. It could be the first time someone spends the holidays away from home. Holidays could conjure up bad memories and they just don't like them, and that's okay. I am fortunate to be among the former category and holidays are joyous for me, but there have been times in my life when holidays weren't so welcome. Grace kept me, and thankfully, holidays are what they used to be. All this to say, I hope for those struggling today, that one day, holidays may not be so tortuous, but in the meantime, know that I am here for you and others are too. If it gets too bad, reach out for help, 1-800-273-8255 suicidepreventionlifeline.org To some, people may say that’s extreme, but I have seen it in practice, where holidays are too much to bear for some people, and thankfully they sought help before it was too late. #thanksgiving  #thanksgiving2018  #thanksgivingdinner  #holidayblues  #holidayscanbelonely  #holidayscanbehard  #suicideprevention  #holidaysarentalwayshappy  #holidayscanbesad  #craftymixtresswithasideofrn  #craftymixtress 
Sending everyone a little extra love and support today🖤🦃
I know first hand how tough it can be, since this is my second Thanksgiving in a row  that my mom hasn’t been home to celebrate. 
It hurts, and makes me feel empty in ways I didn’t know could happen, but I’m SO BLESSED and GREATFUL✨
Remember that others love you, like myself and are here for YOU! 
#Thanks#thankful#blessed#happythanksgivng#holidays#holidayseason#eat#drink#bemerry#love#sendinglove#sendingsupport#hope#dream#believe#barista#latteart#latteheart#coffee#coffeeaddict#loveya#lovemyfollower#supporteachother#holidayscanbehard#holidayssuck#lendingahelpinghand
Sending everyone a little extra love and support today🖤🦃 I know first hand how tough it can be, since this is my second Thanksgiving in a row that my mom hasn’t been home to celebrate. It hurts, and makes me feel empty in ways I didn’t know could happen, but I’m SO BLESSED and GREATFUL✨ Remember that others love you, like myself and are here for YOU! #Thanks #thankful #blessed #happythanksgivng #holidays #holidayseason #eat #drink #bemerry #love #sendinglove #sendingsupport #hope #dream #believe #barista #latteart #latteheart #coffee #coffeeaddict #loveya #lovemyfollower #supporteachother #holidayscanbehard #holidayssuck #lendingahelpinghand