AJ The Elf - Log 12.23 & 12.24.15 & A Merry Christmas to You, Too!!

Can you say snow angels? In sprinkles or jimmies?  You decide.  I guess he's doing his version of a snow dance.  I don't blame him either... I'd love to see some snow and cold temps!  Yes, I do prefer the warmth, but as long as I'm warm, baby it can be cold outside.  And I want a white Christmas.  :)  

Sprinkle Angel or Jimmies Angel 

  Where is he going to be tomorrow for his final day???  I can't stand the build up!!!!  

Merry Christmas Eve!!


The kids found AJ this morning, appropriately right IN the Christmas tree, with a couple of gingerbread people.  What a sentimental guy.  And what a nice place to land for his last day ... nestled in among the ornaments, paying tribute to his two biggest fans, Boo & Bubbah.  First, the big picture... can you see him?

Peek-A-Boo ... where's AJ?

Up Close & Personal

On a serious-but-said-with-a-light-tone ... 

I read a passage by Melody Beattie that says for some people, the holidays are tough.  They bear reminders of things we'd rather forget, or sometimes people that can be tough to be around.  That we (I'm paraphrasing) are "torn between what we want to do on the holiday, and what we feel like we have to do.  We may feel guilt, or a sense of loss ... yet we walk into the same scenarios on the same holiday, expecting this year to be different, disappointed when/if it remains the same.  And that may lead to confusion.  One of the greatest gifts is to realize that we aren't alone.  That there are as many people in conflict during the holidays as there are those in peace.  And that we can learn to take better care of ourselves this, and each, holiday season.  We can accept ourselves, our situation, and our feelings about our situation.  We accept our guilt, anger, fear, and sense of loss.  It's all ok.  Our strength can be found in doing the best we can, one year at a time."  

This resonated with me for everyone who does experience any of those feelings.  As someone who does not, I can only tell you that it's ok you feel that way, and that just by becoming aware of it, it's helping you in ways you might not realize yet.  It has made me really pause when I wish someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday ... I'll stop, meet their eyes, give them a genuine smile, and try to convey that, no matter where they are in their lives, it's ok. Oh, and by the way, hugs are always free.  :)  

In the spirit of all things merry and bright, I'll leave you with the reading I've been ending my classes in this week: We honor this time by turning inward, taking personal inventory, acknowledging all aspects of ourselves (the light and the dark), connecting to our hearts desires, letting go of the things that no longer serve us, and planting seeds of intention.  As you enjoy the longest nights and brightest lights of the season, remember your soul is the light of the world.  You carry the light within you.  YOU shine.  

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.  

Now go have some eggnog, stare at your tree, watch a favorite movie, indulge in a bath, or do something, right now, for YOU.  Yes, even if you are at work!!  Go walk outside and smell the fresh air, sit at your desk and take a deep breath, or put a reminder in your phone when you get OUT of work to do something for yourself then.  Have a great rest of 2015, and I'll see you in 2016!!!

Love, happiness & coffee, 

~ Heather ~

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