Three things on the Monday Agenda today.
First, my husband and I sat down to read all of your responses to my holiday dilemma post on Friday. I know I’ve mentioned this before but it never hurts to remind you that this blogger feels so deeply lucky to have the readers she does. Many good ideas were given along with loads of support and encouragement. What more could I ask for?
The one thing I’ve realized from your comments is this: I have been giving these holidays too much power over me. It took me all this time and my last post to realize that my anxiety and depression stemmed from the fact that I was relying on others to give me something that deep down I knew I’d never receive: expectations of having a normal, happy holiday season. Now I see that it’s up to me to carry out that desire, and it doesn’t have to mirror the slightest resemblance of a Martha Stewart Season. It can be whatever my husband and I want it to be. We’re currently throwing around some ideas and are also preparing ourselves for consequences; I’ve come to find that some people react negatively when others around them don’t act the way they’re expected to. In other words, we may not be the most popular kids on the block this year. That will be a challenge, but I already know that no matter what we do, we won’t please everyone, and after trying and failing to do just that all these years I think it’s time to start aiming at making ourselves happy.
Thanks everyone. Big hugs to each of you.
Next on the agenda: you may have noticed a new grab badge on my sidebar. If not, direct your eye off to the right for a moment or take a gander below:
For those of you who were with me at the beginning of the year, you already know about my Hate-Loss Challenge back in January. It began as a counterbalance to the Weight-Loss Challenges that many bloggers like to host after the New Year rings in. Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and re-reading the entries from the participants. After it was over I received numerous emails from people who’d missed it, asking if I was going to bring it back at some point during the year. It brought me such pride and joy to see so many people embrace that challenge that I decided to host it again this coming January. Yes, I know I’m a little early, but I’m hoping my badge gives off a ‘Can’t Wait!’ vibe…doesn’t it kind of trick you into believing that something HUGE is coming?? Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the peacock? Ever heard the saying, ‘proud as a peacock?’ Well, this challenge is all about taking pride in ourselves, so it just made sense to me.
If you would like to know more about the significance of this challenge and why it’s different than any one you’ve ever considered, just click on the Peacock badge off to the right and it will take you to the information page. Scroll down to the title Hate-Loss Challenge. If you decide that you’d like to participate, you can grab my badge on the sidebar and help me spread the word. The code appears below the badge.
…lastly on today’s agenda is my email from Teresa at Good Day to Diet who honored me with the Blog On Fire Award:
It always makes me smile when a blogger peer honors me with an award, and for Teresa to think of me with this particular award is very kind. She’s such a beautiful person inside and out and is such an important part of this community so I’m doubly thankful. I will address this award and pass it along very soon!
I’m off to visit with a friend of mine this morning, then on to work. I hope you all have a great Monday.