holidays, merry christmas! i hope everyone can find some time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. oh and eat lots of cookies. if thats your thing. it is mine. i was thinking last night (my contemplative time in the bathroom brushing my teeth of course) about this year. it has been a year of ups and downs for us. or maybe i should just say, a year of life. if i let myself, i have a tendency to freak out about the future. how will we ever manage this? or find the time for that? or pay for anything?? my cure for this freak out? a little bit of reflection. i know, i know, it sounds so very cheesy, but try it. it works, i promise. because inevitably there is something you thought you could never ever handle/manage/afford and if you take five minutes to look back six months, a year, two years you will be amazed at how much you did handle/manage/afford. we people have a knack for making it through a difficult situation and then forgetting how worried we were about it in the first place. or again, i should say, i do. so, get your cookies out, turn off the lights (but leave on the tree lights or candles!) find that sappy movie you love to watch, get cozy (hot water bottle & down throw!) and relax. be happy. just that easy.