Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holiday season.

More blogs, more plans, more ideas, more books to come in 2020! I hope to see you there!

Lissa

Happy Thanksgiving

If you celebrate Thanksgiving here in America, I wish you a happy and lovely time with good food, good friends, good family, and plenty of good times laughing.

If you’re not in America, I wish you a very happy weekend full of life and love and grand adventures…

Please stay safe wherever you are and know that you are appreciated every day of the year.

~lissa

Can You Feel The Love?

Chocolate. Roses. Hearts. Love.

I’ll take the chocolate. And a day of writing. And a Lord of the Rings marathon.

I hope you’re loving yourself today. I hope you’re loving each other.

~lissa

Last Day of 2016!

Are you ready? Are you looking forward to the new year? Are you hoping for more smiles and less frowns? Are you hoping for simply a lot more happy? Are you hoping for family and friends and positive vibes?

I. Am.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, stay safe, and let’s send those good wishes for a brighter, happier, more sparkly tomorrow!

~lissa

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Where There Is Gratitude…

For the past 3 months, I have been keeping a gratitude log. In it, I add a quote for the month, and each day I write down 3 or more things I am grateful for… It could be anything from coffee to a text from one of my kids to the ability to cook to polar bear adoption to writing to getting a good night’s sleep. But 3 things, at least.

I started the log because I wanted to learn how to be more grateful, to be more consciously thankful for every day things. I can get so stressed out about money or the lack there of, about family, about writing, about our most recent political election. I wanted to teach myself how to take the simple things and be thankful. How to smile when things feel most unsettled.

Has it worked? I don’t know. I’ll admit that some days I struggle to find 3 things to be grateful for, while on other days, like today, I struggled to stop writing all the things down.

I am more aware of things like my impatience and my rush to judgment. I am more aware of the things I can’t control and the things I can. I am more appreciative of friendships and the relationships I have with my kids. I am more aware of things that I like and that make me smile. So, in those respects, yes, perhaps a daily gratitude log has helped me become more aware of things around me and more self aware.

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This is an image I colored a few months back on a phone app. I don’t use it anymore, but I thought it was pretty and wanted to share it with you.

In the USA, it’s Thanksgiving Day. As a nation, we have a lot to be thankful for. We also have a long, hard road ahead of us. I am grateful for many things about this country, but I am not so grateful about others. I am, however, hopeful that in the coming weeks and months, I will continue to add to my gratitude log and find myself more open and compassionate.

I think we, as humans on this planet, could all do with a little more openness and compassion toward one another, the animals that share this world with us, and the Earth itself.

~lissa