I can’t believe Thanksgiving is here already! I’m so very very VERY excited. This is my favorite time of the year. Thanksgiving is just the beginning…then we have the entire Christmas season to look forward to. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas trees, Christmas Carols, twinkly lights, mall Santas, Salvation Army bell ringers, eggnog, very special Christmas episodes on our favorite TV shows, Advent calendars, presents, family visits, snow (hopefully!), decorations…wheeee! There is no other time of the year like this one.
Last year we didn’t get our Christmas decorations up until the middle of December. That bummed me out so much that I made us keep them up until the end of January to make up for the late start. This year, though, we started early. November 21st was our decorating day and the house looks beeeeaaaauuutiful! (I’m hyper-excited, can’t you tell?)
As for the rest of life – it’s all going so well. The college savings fund is growing at a slow, but steady pace. My new interest in tapping into my creative side has been a lot of fun. I’m currently playing around with scrapbooking and some creative writing. I don’t have much drawing talent, but scrapbooking is kind of like doing a web layout on paper. I don’t really have to draw anything – thank goodness! Digital scrapbooking is fun, too. I am using a program by Serif, called Digital Scrapbook Artist. It’s a really fun and addicting with a ton of free designs to use. The creative writing…well, I’ve actually read a lot of books on writing and journaling recently, but I haven’t actually spent too much time doing the actual writing. This is typical of me though. I spend weeks and months preparing for a task before I actually do it. I’m getting there…
Meghan is feeling so much better these days. The doctor finally determined that she was probably suffering from a flare-up of her previous sinus infection. That is why she was getting daily headaches and low-grade fevers. Her previous antibiotic didn’t quite clear it up and it was getting progressively worse during the past 2 months. Her energy is back now and she doesn’t seem to feel quite as miserable as she did a few weeks ago. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a positive upswing.
Speaking of positive…I have also been reading some pretty interesting books, which have been giving me a much more productive and positive view on life. It kind of started with one of Judith Orloff’s books about positive energy. That led me to some books on living “in the now” (Zen-type books) and then I switched over to Steve Covey’s books (The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective People) and ended up reading a little bit of Bruce Lipton and finally moved on to Wayne Dyer. His books focus on positive affirmations, higher energy living, service to others, etc. I’m kind of taking a bit of everything and filling in the gaps with some of the beliefs – including the Christian beliefs from my childhood – and the habits which have worked for me in the past. The final result is…well, I’m not sure yet. I’m definitely a lot less worried these days and I feel a lot more centered and enthusiastic about all the little twists and turns my life is taking. I no longer see my problems as “problems”…they are “projects.” I forgot where I read that, but for some reason that really stuck with me. Labeling them like that can put a positive spin on those situations which normally cause us stress.
So – all in all, it’s been a good couple of weeks here. I cannot wait to enjoy the rest of this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your holiday!