The Amazing and Healing Benefits of Cats: A Guest Post by Emily Parker

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Journeyer, if your kids (or spouse!) are begging for a kitty for Christmas, here are a few reasons to make that happen! Animal lovers know how much love, peace, and calm a cuddly cat can bring, but not all of us know the many other benefits that come with adding a feline to the family. I’m honored to share this …

Ask Annah: I’m Overwhelmed and Not Sure I Can Do “The Holidays.” What Can I Do?

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Dearest Journeyer, The holidays and special events can be a difficult time–period–with additional demands on your time, energy, and focus. Add in grief and it’s no wonder you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. First, I’m sorry you’re struggling, yet I’m happy for your courage to find the resolution that works for you. Chances are, if you’re here, you want …

Holiday Healing Tips: On Happiness and Setting Boundaries

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“The Holidays” are associated with any things, one of the most prevalent being gift giving. For those of us who enjoy giving meaningful gifts that will bring joy to the recipient, celebratory events can add extra demands on our time and energy. Toss in the effects of conflict and grief due to some life loss event and the holidays can …

Holiday Healing Tips: Being Okay with Not Being Okay and Self Care

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Holidays and special events demand more from you, your time, energy, and patience. Toss in the effects of conflict and grief due to some life loss event and the holidays can become something that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, something you fear, or maybe even downright dread. There are a few simple strategies that can help you navigate the holidays with …

Holiday Healing Tips: Trim Your Event List and Letting Go

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Some of our most favorite holiday traditions include family, friend, community, and corporate gatherings and parties. Many of us derive great pleasure from holiday activities, but they do place additional demands on our time and energy. If you are dealing with conflict or grief following a life loss event, the additional holiday stress can make you feel downright overwhelmed and …

Holiday Healing Tips: Family Gatherings & Being Flexible

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Holidays are meant to be a time for remembering, reflecting, celebrating, giving thanks, and of coming together, Journeyer. Like many of you, I enjoy everything about hosting family and friends in my home. The smell of a meal wafting from the oven, the themed tableware, the drone of catching up chatter and the magic of laughter fill my home and …

Happy New Year and Other Grand and Happy Events

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“You will be the main character of a grand event” ~ Chinese Fortune Happy New Year, Journeyer! The eve of this day is one of the most wildly celebrated events of the year; a mass celebration of hope and resolution and dreams of letting go of the past so that we can move forward in living our best personal, professional, …

When Knocking on Doors Meets Opportunity Meets Healing through the Holidays

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Roman Philosopher, Seneca Happy Sunday, Journeyer, Wow…it has been quite the whirlwind week. Rain and sun and wind and frost. That about sums up my fleeting moments of happy, Journeyer, noticing the warmth of the sun, the colors of the morning sky, the birds, the floating leaves, the much-needed rains, and …

The Bank of Christmas

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Good morning, Journeyer… or, depending where you are, Good afternoon… Good evening… or Good middle of the night for all you insomniacs and those who come to this post in the wee hours before sunup because you’re stressing about how to save your marriage, the world, your family, or maybe even yourself… Today’s edition of this Happy Happens column is …

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer (said in the voice of Frosty’s “Happy Birthday!”) This afternoon I come to you from the passenger seat of a car that Fave and I rented for a quick road trip. But first, let me start from the beginning… As you know, I spent last Saturday and Sunday in a hotel, waiting for my son to make …