Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finding Me

I finally feel like I am coming back. It has been a long road. I would do anything for my family, to the point of putting my own health at risk. But let's face it, when push comes to shove, family is family and that is what we do.

Now that I am back, I've spent the last three weeks and two days trying to find me again. You see, I put her aside for awhile and upon my return, I think she got lost somewhere between here and my parents home. With absolutely no ambition to do much of anything outside of work, I even have no desire to hang out with anybody except my husband. I'm not even going to the annual work holiday party this year. I just can't bring myself to go. 

Today is the last day of November, and I'm sitting here now, watching a new holiday movie called, The Christmas Clause. The main character in this movie reminds me so much of myself. Busy career woman who volunteers for everything and spends so much of her life letting things pass her by because she is so darn busy. That used to be me, until I had the largest wakeup call in the world. Since I've been home, I simply don't have the energy or even care about much of anything.

I will say that I managed to write four articles for my gig at It was at the last possible minute before the deadline. They were wondering if I dropped of the face of the planet, even saying they might drop me if I didn't write something soon. I got it done...can't believe I actually remember how to use the uploading program! Suffice it to say,I think my writing mojo is starting to return. That's a good start to finding me again.

I feel like I've missed the holidays...didn't get to participate in Halloween for obvious reasons. Thanksgiving was really low-key...thank goodness for a husband who can cook. Tomorrow is December 1st and I can finally put up my advent calendar. I've been looking forward to that all year. Tomorrow I hope to wrap the presents I already have and take inventory of what else I need. I'm not interested in making this the "best Christmas ever", just wanting to do a little less...for real this time. 

I do want to put up my trees, I have lots of ornaments that have not been out of their boxes in years. This is definitely something I'm planning on doing later this coming week. The hubs is going to handle the lights. Other than that...I'm not sure what else I want to do. I've already started the Christmas cards...just need to finish the holiday letter which is going to be pretty basic. I'll probably bake a few things, but not much more than that.Less is definitely more this year. No Secret Santa, no excess...just me, my guy and some alone time...enjoying my movies, and relaxing in the joys of the season.

I am thinking about 2014. I've always made plans, but somehow they seem to fall apart. I know I always do too much, but I've lost so much of myself these last several months, I don't know what to do. I've come up with an idea though...

2014 is going to be the Year of Finding Me.

Wishing you moments to find out who you are,

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

When Life Throws You Lemons...

...make lemonade. Unfortunately my mouth is full of canker sores and I'm tired of drinking it! I'm sure you've all felt this way a time or two so I don't feel very much alone in this regard.

However, I must note that we're officially knee deep in the "ber" months, my month long celebration of me didn't turn out the way I had planned, and my plans for the fourth quarter are officially in the toilet. So I've officially decided to throw in the towel and put my feet up for the rest of year.

On a brighter note, I was able to spend some quality time with my family, although it wasn't under the best of circumstances, it was still great to be with the fam...even if it was just for a little while.

Unfortunately things are still heading south. The car is in the shop and I cracked a tooth. I am facing two big expenses and have to deal with more pain. Is the universe trying to sabotage me? I have no idea, but I am beginning to wonder if hibernating for the winter might be a good idea.

Good news though! I didn't get into an accident on the drive home tonight in the pouring rain. Perhaps the universe is finally taking a little pity on can only hope.

Wishing you moments to make your own lemonade.

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Don't Miss the Opportunity to Spend Time with the Ones You Love

Hello Friends and Followers of Today's Writing Woman,

I just wanted to let you know that I am still here. I know that I have been gone for several months, but I have a very good excuse for being away so long. You see, I was called unexpectedly on the morning of September 23rd by sister-in-law who informed me that my dad was in the hospital and that I needed to come home.

I dropped everything I was doing, walked away from my job, threw some clothes in a bag, and made the incredibly long journey home to be there for my family during an incredibly painful time. My father, mother and brother needed me. Never in my wildest dream did I expect for this to happen, but it did and I was so glad that I was there.

The bottom line that family is family and when one of us needs help, we pull together as a family and provides the support that we need. I was glad that I was able to take the time to be there for my mine and grateful to be able to have the opportunity to take a Leave of Absence from my work. Spending six weeks with my family was probably the greatest gift I could give them since I have not been able to see them in recent years.

So if you get an opportunity to be with your loved ones this year, then I highly recommend that you do so.You just never know when you might not have the opportunity again.

Wishing you moments to be with your loved ones.

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