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Friday, December 20, 2013

A Ho ho ho Message Just For You (from someone very special)

"Trust. Trust. Trust. So much good waits for us right here - in this moment. Will we miss it, in the hurry and flurry of what-must-be-done? Or will we pause, breathe, and accept the good already here?"  Amanda Fall

I took the above photo of myself (a few minutes ago) just for you beauties.  I'm sitting here wishing I could speak to you all without this screen in the way, without this silly cursor blinking itself at me. 

There's so much to say but I will keep this short and sweet today because I need to pick my little girl up from school very shortly and I'm full on in holiday/Christmas vacation mode. We have family coming to stay with us on Tuesday, the house is a complete mess, groceries need to be bought, meals need to be planned, dust bunnies abound, there are still gifts to buy and, the beauty is...this is not weighing on me at all.  Those of you who know me, know that this is some sort of breakthrough.  

Referring to beautiful Amanda's words above, in the hurry and flurry of what "must" be done, I find myself pausing and breathing and accepting the good that is already here. 

And, oh my gosh - there is so much good already here.

In past years, shopping for gifts has left me feeling somewhat tense/stressed/torn/overwhelmed - this week, though - rather than feeling like I should be doing this or that, or putting pressure on myself to buy the perfect gift, or get it all done on someone else's timeline - I've been able to simply BE where I am (most of the time).  I found myself actually singing Christmas carols in TJ Maxx this morning and, after my little shopping trip, I danced and sang Christmasy songs to my beloved dog.

Here she is:  

Isn't she a beauty?

I'm seeing more and more clearly that doing anything without presence and aliveness is just  icky empty, and that it's so painful to wish I was anywhere but HERE.  I'm writing this now because it's something I continuously forget and constantly need to be reminded of.

So, this holiday season, with all the hustle and bustle, with what might feel like pressure to do, do, do and buy, buy, buy - I so wish for you (and me)

deep breaths 
and a knowing that IT 
truly is right 

It's never anywhere else.

Happiest, most blessed holidays to you, beautiful one.  See you in a couple of weeks.

With so much love and gratitude,



  1. Amen and amen. Thank you, dear friend. I have felt so much of that "icky empty" as I hurry and scurry . . . but the more I slow down and breathe, saying thank you for every little thing . . . well, the more I find those little bits of grace, woven throughout every moment. I love you and MERRY of merriests to you. xoxo

    1. Merriest to you too, precious Amanda. "The more I slow down and breathe, saying thank you for every little thing" - yes, Amanda - this is so it.

      I love you so..

  2. Beautiful. With ease and grace may it be a happy holiday. Merry Christmas Julia!

    1. Merry Christmas to you too, Vanessa...what a treat to find you here.

      Warmest hugs to you, my friend. <3

  3. thanks for this important reminder dear one!
    i too am going for a "good enough" christmas
    one where i do not try to pressure myself too much
    where half the decorations out of the totes is good enough
    where half the homemade present complete is good enough
    where enjoying the moments rather than rushing is so very
    it is all more than enough

    merry christmas to you and yours!

  4. Hope you had a happy holiday! Love love the doggie picture :) I have a similar Santa outfit for mine.
    The only thing I found myself stressing over was trying to get everyone's gifts in one shot (all in one night) and then subsequently trying to wrap them immediately for presentation.
    In the end though, it's always the thought that counts and now how much you THINK you have to spend.
    Everything needed it is already here--friendship, love, blessings galore. And it's funny how easily we forget that.


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