2 01 2012

2012 is going to be a great year!

I am sitting here, watching the snow flurries in the gray sky, thinking of Ben in Afghanistan. This was the first Christmas he has not spent with us. And Ben loves Christmas with all our traditions.

One of our traditions is to watch the Christmas Vacation movie on Christmas Eve. We know the script and even impersonate the characters during the scenes we think are especially funny. Somehow, we still love watching it together every year.

Once Ben was deployed we started gathering things to send him and searched for the Christmas Vacation DVD. Ironically, before we sent the box, Ben called and said he found a “copy”  of the Christmas Vacation DVD there in Afghanistan! He planned to watch it on Christmas Eve. It’s the little things.

We missed Ben during the holidays, terribly, but he was able to call on Christmas Day, another work day for him. (My cell is attached to me 24/7 these days, just in case he has a chance to call. 8 1/2 hours time difference can make it challenging.) Ben is doing well and that’s all I can ask. Each phone call or facebook picture is a gift.

Poor Betsy. I say, Poor Betsy, as I am sure she was ready to get back to school, since she was our sole focus without Ben home to absorb some of our attention. We baked, shopped, wrapped, decorated, ate, and talked. Some serious issues were resolved over the chocolate covered pretzels.

John and I have a hard time realizing Betsy knows how to take care of herself and does a great job of it while she is away. We are learning and slowing cutting strings. Time spent with her during her Christmas break was a gift!

Now, it’s back to John, me, and the girls. He has his hands full!

I wish you all the best in 2012! The 2012 New You Challenge starts today. It will be fun and challenging to your mind, body, and soul.

It is going to be a great year!


25 12 2011

Christmas 2012.

I am grateful for:

1) God, who gives me strength

2) My wonderful, loving husband, who is my best friend and makes me laugh every day

3) My brave son, who reminds me to keep challenging myself

4) My beautiful daughter, who reminds me to keep an open mind

5) My mom and dad for adopting me and loving me

6) My friends, who accept me, warts and all

7) My puppies, who make me think I am someone worth following from room to room

8) My clients, who trust me to guide them to a healthier life and who offer me so much in return

9) A job I love and that challenges me

10) My mind (some may say this is debatable) and my health

Merry Christmas!



7 12 2011

How can I think about simplicity after John, Betsy, and I just returned from a Christmas shopping trip in Chicago? We had a blast! John and I had not been to Chicago in over 25 years. This was Betsy’s first visit. The decorations were beautiful and the weather was unseasonably nice. We walked, ate, and shopped enough to fill the empty suitcase we brought with us, just in case. 🙂

Chicago, December 2011

We didn’t “need” anything we bought. So, my ongoing dilemma with stuff continues. I walk through our spare bedroom with blinders to avoid dealing with the things I have stored in there and am afraid to get rid of. One of us may need it.

Aparigraha is one of the yoga guidelines for how we interact with the outer world. Aparigraha is the non-accumulation of worldly objects, caused by covetousness and attachment. Obviously, I need to work on this guideline.


1) After Christmas, I will give away something for each gift I receive.

2) I will keep an empty box in the spare bedroom to put in anything I come across that I no longer use, need, or want. When it is full, the box will be given to charity and replaced with another empty one to fill.

Consume less, live more. I am hopeful, as I work through this process, that having less will clear my mind and open my life to new opportunities just waiting to happen!