Hello Detroiters, those in the Metropolitan surrounding areas and beyond! It’s the Holiday Season. You may be full of cheer or feeling quite Bah-Humbug or just trying to figure it out! Either way, just stopping by to bring you good tidings, a Lil cheer, and encouragement. My emotions are generally the same for my two favorite holidays, Halloween, and Christmas: excited and excited! However, with the children getting grown and losing people I dearly loved, the dynamics of life are…changing. I don’t stay up until 5:00 am imperfectly covering gifts with overpriced pretty paper and bows while praying I don’t run out of scotch tape. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay attention in the kitchen when my grannies were cooking, so the recipes of homemade rolls, sweet potato pies, and thee best cakes on this Earth are no longer attached to my life.
Last year, I informed you of losing my Granny https://aheartfullofconversations.com/2020/12/12/2020-the-grief-and-broken-heart-you-have-given-to-me/. She was the last surviving member of the group known as my Most Valuable Powerhouse Grandparents . I was blessed to have 3 Grannies and 3 Granddaddies. My paternal grandparents dissolved their marriage and married new mates long before I was conceived. That is how I was blessed with three sets of beautiful grandparents who spoiled me royally. Well, to say the least many of you might be missing grandparents, parents, and loved ones. Whatever you do, I pray that you get the help and support you deserve to function through grief, depression, or emotional roller coaster rides.
As we are in this Holiday season trying to figure out life and closing out another year, figure out each day the best way you can. If you don’t have the money to shop, don’t worry about it. If you do, I hope you don’t overspend like I used to. But, on the other hand if you feel like chilling in your PJs living your best life, then do that. We get so wrapped up in finding the perfect gift or stuck in how things used to be that we forget to be present in the now (I know I must have told you this before).
Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, make sure you find peace with it and in it. Yes, reminisce about the good old days, and sit with whatever emotion you need to have as company. But, if those visitors that are causing you pain won’t leave, please seek help.
If you are up to it, experience something new you can add to your repertoire. Honor traditions that are meaningful to you but be intentional about stirring up some new memories to savor. Well, that’s it for now! My gift to you is learning how to keep these posts simple yet informative!
-Let your heart be full of new ventures that will lead you to the possibilities of limitless conversations!
Here are some helpful links to help you stay sane!
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)