cabin fever is setting in
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Feeling a bit down because winter’s been around too long?

Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.

— Gustave Flaubert
November

If winter’s been too long, then perhaps it’s time to celebrate your very own Hoodie Hoo Day©.  Invented and copyrighted (yes, copyrighted!) by Thomas & Ruth Roy, under the name of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs, Hoodie Hoo Day© is normally celebrated on February 20th in the Northern Hemisphere and August 22th in the Southern hemisphere. But I’m all about adaptation – so, regardless of where you’re living right now, how about we Continue reading » Cabin Fever and Winter Getting to You? Wouldn’t You Like to Know How to Feel Better Now?

Reading

Resilient Means Taking Care of You

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our heads that resilient people are never down, never sad, always up for a challenge, and capable of leading the rest of us out of our funk into the sunshine.  If that’s the definition of resilient, it ain’t me.

Although there are people who seem to always be up, we need to remember that some people are just blessed with a sunny disposition – dang them!  One of my good friends is like that.  Very seldom is she down or even subdued.  This is good and bad.  There are times when I would like to Continue reading » Resilient Means Taking Care of You

Tis the season !

’Tis the Season to Be – Cranky?

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Don’t let a bad mood steal your Christmas cheer…

’Tis the season to create the magic, even when it seems like it’s nowhere to be found. You have the power. So engage it. Be deliberate about your holiday experience. And watch the frenzy turn into fun.

Gail Barker

’Tis the season to be jolly… or so they tell me.  But, on this day, it’s raining.  And I’m looking out on a wet, wet, world through cranky eyes. Cranky? Uh huh, cranky. Little nothings annoy. Big somethings infuriate. Not dangerously so, but perhaps menacingly so – good thing there’s been no one directly in my path – yet.

I awakened with an alarm sounding in my head: those Advent Calendars I purchased back before Thanksgiving? Still in the bag, not in the mail.  And, if you know Advent Calendars, you know that the countdown to Christmas starts on December 1. That would be tomorrow.  Sigh – they’re going to be late getting to the kiddos. Can’t blame it on the post office. Nope, only me and my scattered jumble of priorities. I could go on grumping but I won’t because: Continue reading » ’Tis the Season to Be – Cranky?

Christmas: Santa with Elves

7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

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I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

— Harlan Miller

On this blog, we write a lot about resilience – the ability to come back from adversity.  The more I study about resilience, the more I’ve realized that:

  • Most of us are resilient whether we know it or not.  Very few of us give up permanently.  Admittedly some of us do, but the majority eventually get back up and into the game.  That is resilience.
  • Our self-image around resilience has more to do with how quickly we recover rather than whether we recover.  Many of us are too hard on ourselves about our rate of recovery.  Our self-judgment is that we don’t recover quickly enough.

Each time that we come back from an adversity, we learn something – usually we learn about ourselves and how to encourage our recovery – which is a good thing because the Continue reading » 7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

Cold Nose...

It’s COLD Out There!

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Originally published on December 8, 2010.


Is it too cold for you too?

Winter is hear and I’m COLD! Brrrhhh!

Oops, I’m so cold I have brain freeze – I meant “here” not “hear”.

Lately I’ve been longing for a quick jaunt to my favorite winter getaway – anywhere with beaches still warm and balmy… But “getaway” isn’t in the tea leaves for me this winter. I’m officially “home for the holidays” – so my next best and “doable” choice is a good, long soak in a HOT tub… Or a Continue reading » It’s COLD Out There!

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.”

Virginia Woolf
Jacob’s Room

Recommended Reading

Image of Life Is Good: A Guided Gratitude Journal (Guided Journals)
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Image of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Image of Wake-up Calls: You Don't Have to Sleepwalk Through Your Life, Love, or Career!