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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.  :D   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! :-D

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Jen in Blogging, Happy Holidays |
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You Are 65% Thankful

  • You are a very thankful person – for both the big and little things in life.
  • Your optimism is powerful. Getting through hard times is fairly easy for you.


Okay – so I am quite a bit more optimistic than I was years ago. I kind of have to be…my body does not handle stress very well and I can’t afford to spend days at a time trying to prevent panic attacks, stress headaches, stomach ulcers etc. I have learned to shut out the bad and focus on the good when I am having a really stressful day. Unfortunately, though, I think I have swung too much the other way now. I find myself shutting out the bad to the point where I am very good at ignoring the unpleasant things in life – even those unpleasant things that I have to face. I’ve become less of a worrier, but more of an avoider. So, “where’s the balance?” I must ask myself again. I am really bad at finding the balance. I’ll make that New Year’s Resolution 1 this year…find the balance.


But, for now, I will focus on today. What am I thankful for today?
My daughter – an amazing young girl who is currently trying to balance the stresses of preteen life.
My family – supportive and loyal…and quirky and irritating…and generous and kind. I am lucky to have them.
My friends – I need to make more of an effort to really enjoy them and get to know them…and not be afraid to let them get to know me.
My faith – while it might feel out of reach these days, I know that it is something that I can always seek to strengthen when I am willing to make it a priority.
Happy Thanksgiving!!  


And I now officially welcome my most favorite time of the year….the Christmas Season. Yayayayayayay!!! I looove this time. Yay! Happy Happy Happy! *insert the happiest, joyfullest (not a real word), perkiest image ever!!*

Thanksgiving 2005

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Well, it’s Thanksgiving Day and now that it’s almost over, I am ready to get into Christmas mode.
I have my Johnny Mathis Christmas CD playing and I already put up some decorations and my little bedroom Christmas tree.

I’ll be heading to bed tonight to prepare for a Black Friday tomorrow…that’s my second favorite shopping day of the year.
(My first favorite shopping day is Christmas Eve)  What fun!

[Currently listening to: The First Noel by Johnny Mathis]