Obligatory New Years Post

At the risk of sounding morose and melancholy, 2013 was just not my year. I broke up with a man I thought I would marry after three years, lost two friends that had been centers of my little world for over ten, and made a few bad mistakes along the way. 

As painful as these events have been, I have grown and am learning to find peace and forgiveness. I hope 2014 will be a year of light and laughter and triumph. I want to bleed pain on my yoga mat, photograph beauty with my camera, find truth in the comfort of books, peace in the presence of horses, and company. I am still searching for my tribe. 

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Soothing my Strained Heart

I have been so overwhelmed with emotional stress and pain lately I am doing what I can to alleviate the strain. Clean sheets, a hot cup of tea, lavender oil, journaling with black ink, and watercolors soothe my strained heart. Image

I have some chronic pain issues and woke up very early this morning just aching. I soaked away in a hot bath listening to the dreams and night time rhythms of Stevie Nicks, letting the pain drift away with the steam.

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I am a huge fan of bath products and these bath salts by Knopp are truly incredible. Today, I chose the Juniper to help ease my strained lower back muscles and alleviate the pain. They are extremely high quality, foam beautifully, and are pure.

I’m spending the rest of the day trying to nurture the soreness out of my heart reminding myself that all is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. I am free.

 

 

Dreary Days

To be completely candid, I suffer from serious and often debilitating depression. These dark months after Christmas are very hard on me. Being starved of sun light can cause my moods to plummet into dark depths. This year I am determined to remedy this as much as possible with a good vitamin D supplement, moon watching, and long walks in the forest. 

Indoors, I turn to hot tea and baths, books, poetry, and woolen socks. 

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The Day After

The day after Christmas always makes me melancholy. The glitter of Christmas has gone and life seems a little well…flat and ordinary again. This year I am determined to hold onto the magic all year long. Image

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Red and white tulips were a more unusual choice than poinsettias and gave such a festive air to the house.

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Homemade chocolate mousse for dessert was delicious and a nice light choice after such a huge meal! Shall I share my recipe in another post?

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My mom’s favorite nativity set. Unfortunately, one of the magi is missing a hand!

I hope you all have a wonderful “Day After.” I am drinking copious amounts of tea, playing with my new ipad- any apps I need?!!-, and contemplating picking up Anna Karenina. Have a blessed day.

It’s a Wonderful Life

I woke up before dawn this morning with my mom to take our beautiful boys on a walk. It was the best possible start to the most magical day of the year, Christmas Eve.

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I am warm in front of a fire, sipping a glass of champagne, and about to settle down to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Considering I am a huge Jimmy Stewart fan, I can’t believe I’ve never actually seen it.

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It has not been the easiest holiday season for me this year. But I am truly appreciating the beauty of the season, the birth of our savior, and the love of those rare true friends and family.

Peonies and Elderberries

It has taken me some time, but finally with two days to go until Christmas I feel in the spirits.

I spent the morning wandering Whole Foods with my mother, of course spending too much time among the flowers. I spent time chatting with the most lovely woman who worked there about peonies, tulips, and how to care for them.

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Since I have been ill with a respiratory infection, I picked up some elderberry syrup and made a wonderful tonic. It is so colorful and tastes amazing. Elderberry is an old wives cure for the flu and colds.

3 tablespoons elderberry syrup.

Equal Parts lemon ginger juice and sparkling lime water.

lots of ice.

I’m spending the rest of the day curled up under a blanket reading. Are you prepared for Christmas Eve?