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Hello, Vibrant Reader!
Wow! What a whirlwind of a week! I've been putting in some hours at a local gift shop, and of course, it's all about Christmas--tiny models of Santa's village, Santas of all shapes, sizes, attitudes, and styles; reindeer galore, fancy decorative bulbs, and of course the trees--from microscopic to life size. The shop is pretty much non-stop, but the people are nice, and I especially love the singing mailman, who'll with the smallest provocation will bellow an operatic baritone version of "Deck the Halls" to the delight of customers and employees.
Despite the extra demands, we're still managing to get a tree (a little late, but we simply must do a tree), and managed to throw some twinkly lights up out front, and decorate our all-important front door with evergreen garlands. I've specialized in chocolate truffle holiday cakes for, let's see, the US Mail person, the three lovely ladies that work the post office counter, and the neighbors. I mean, if there are going to be calories, let them be chocolate!
I know it sounds a bit like a voice in the wilderness with all the running around for the holidays, BUT... I remind myself to take a moment every day (a few times), and give heartfelt thanks for all the blessings, opportunities, and love in my life. It's what it's all about--it's why we live, and how we define "a great life"!
Boyd mentioned to me today that although this is officially the first day of winter, it's really the first day of spring--as the days now become longer, and growing things begin to stir once again--the seeds of a new year of possibilities.
Until next week...
In vibrant health,
10 Ways to Avoid Those Holiday Pounds
So what's the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it's just a pound? According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity. Try these strategies (along with your enzyme supplements):
1. Never Arrive Hungry - Planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.
Resisting the Roadblocks to Your Success
Our resident Life Coach and Synergy Specialist, Charly Emery, ruminates on the wastefulness of guilt, especially relevant in the holiday season. Let's see, there's food, there's gifting, there's Uncle Henry--all ripe opportunities to guilt ourselves out of the good time. Charly says, "On the road to manifesting what you desire, there are so many little deterrents that can pull your focus away from creating what you want, or interrupt your ability to receive what you wanted when it comes to you. However, few things steal your dreams and your time like guilt. It is incredibly insidious as it often disguises itself as something worthwhile--like a bridge to your conscience--when in reality it serves only to prevent you from moving forward..." >>>> MORE
Feng Shui Holiday Tips...
Feng Shui expert, Gwynne Warner, gives some useful tips for revving up and polishing your holiday "chi." This can be a stressful time of the year for many reasons, so it doesn't help to have a home working against you energetically. Says Gwynne: "During the Holy Days, the amplifying of the physical light is a shining metaphor of welcoming spiritual light. It's a perfect time to wash windows, shine mirrors, light candles and fires, and hang brilliant crystals, colored lights and shiny ornaments everywhere to raise your chi and spirits." >>>> MORE
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