• Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life

    What kind of Christmas Bean are You?

    Have you seen this Naughty or Nice Jelly Bean game? We picked this up for the kids because it reminded me a bit of Harry Potter’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  It’s a wonderfully horrible game.  You never know what you’re going to get.  The moment you see the beans, an internal battle of excitement and dread begins. It could be a pure mouth-watering pleasure or a disgusting terror! As I watched the kids play and then invite their friends to play with them, I realized that for some people Xmas can mean different things to different people… Finding your Christmas spirit is like playing a game of Bean Boozled Jelly Beans……

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    21 secrets to handling depression

    I mentioned a week ago that I was having a Charlie Brown week.  It’s because September through December is the worse time of year for me. The last couple weeks were especially rough.  It reminded me that I am not the only one struggling through the holidays. Which is why I have decided at this time to reveal my top 21 secrets! If nothing else, it’s a list to remind myself of what works.  I hope that it is more.  I hope it is a list worth sharing with someone who may need it. Here is what I learned to do   I learned to acknowledge that depression and anxiety is now a normal part of…

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