Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sometimes we are sad during the Holidays! Go easy!

For many of us the Holidays are not an experience off of a Hallmark Card. I know I tried hard to make the holidays the best for for my children. However, every year I would look around and sadness would over take me for the baby girl I had buried. She would never have the experience of the Holidays as my other three children. I had fun with my living children. It was a bitter sweet experience. It made me realize how precious and sweet they truly are! 

Today's Guest Blogger is Judy Micale the Authenticity Coach! Judy is going to discuss strategies for getting through the holidays.

Holidays and Memories

As a caregiver and someone who has lost many family members, in and around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have not always liked this time of the year. Each year I have a tendency to dread the Holiday Cheer that seems to be forced upon us. I have finally come to realize that it is not about the material things, it is about the quality of the time we spend with those we love while they are here with us physically. It is about honoring the memory of those who have gone before us.

This year I am adding some new traditions and adding some diminish to some I have been doing already. Thanksgiving will be one where I add a piece by inviting some individuals to dinner with my mom and I who may not have family to eat with. 

My birthday I always give a gift  to someone and this year I will be giving gifts for each of my family members who have passed on. At Christmas I am hanging ornaments that represent all of my family. The tree will be a memorial to all who have meant something in my life.

This time of the year let’s remember to live in the moment, to not get caught up in the bigger is better. Let’s take time to just be present with those we love and let them know how much they mean to us. Let them know what they have done to make a difference in your life. 

Remember family doesn’t have to be blood family. Anyone and everyone who has reached out to you in your time of need or time of joy can be your family. Families are those who support you, wipe away your tears and are there when you need them to be.

Here is to a new way of looking at this Holiday Season.
I’ll be thinking of you this Holiday Season
The Authenticity Coach

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