A Holiday Reflection

I have been through such an unusual year that it gives me this opportunity to reflect and share with all of you what I personally think is important. I was hospitalized not long after my big charity event in May, spending 8 miserable days in the hospital, but blessed enough not to need any surgery. We had extensive damage under …

Better to Give (Back) than to Receive

Did we not learn about helping others as children in order to feel good about ourselves? I can’t even count how many times I heard, “it’s better to give than to receive”! I think that is one of the most important things I learned as a child and is part of the reason why I have been helping others throughout …

Scale Back During the Holidays

We all love the holidays! No matter what we celebrate, we embrace traditions and let them take over our lives. What we should do is overruled by what we are expected to do – can you put yourself into the RIGHT category? My guess is that most everyone struggles to find what is right for them. For us, we celebrate both …

Juggling Expectations

Just wanted to recap and follow up the holidays again to reinforce the idea of setting up what works for you and managing the expectations that this season brings. Sometimes it may feel like you are left juggling what should be vs. what needs to be. Dealing with an extremely sick child or family member with surgeries, treatments, and such …

Holiday Stress

I think I often blog about this before the holidays, it seems to be an approiate time to put everyone into check. We all fall into that unwelcome stress right around this time of year, no matter how hard we try not to. Getting caught up in family, family expectations, entertaining, etc. seems to be bigger than life at this …

Cutting The Cheese

I was a guest at Bagliana’s Market on Friday night and they asked me to come by, sign books, and sell raffle tickets. They loved the idea of gifting the $5000 first prize and $2500 second prize in CASH! In this economy, or any for that matter, who would not like to win some cash?!?! Odds are so much better …

Hanukkah Reflection

Since we are moving forward through December and all of my favorite holidays, keeping it together during those times is a bit challenging. For me instead of dwelling on my recent issues I feel like a reflection on the past is in order. Try to stay focused during the holidays, even though you are dealing with someone who may be …

Up for Air

December has already proved to be a little “breath of fresh air”. While there were many occassions to be thankful in November, in general I was thankful for the opportunity to focus on my needs and the needs of my family. This has helped me to grow and has enriched my life despite the loss. All too often, we get …