Contest. Enter Drawing by answering a question AND visiting www.peacelovebasketball.com !
For the next 3 Blogs my friend and I are holding a contest. You can win a hip, super comfy, organic cotton T-shirt from her Full Court Design Collection to keep you stylish and a journal to keep you honest.
All you have to do is take a moment and ponder a question and leave your answer in the comment section of my Heartwriter’s Blog AND visit my friend’s web site, www.peacelovebasketball.com, and become a FaceBook fan by clicking on the “fan” button. By leaving your comment on Heartwriter’s Blog and becoming a PeaceLoveBasketball Fan, your name will be entered into a hat for our December 1st drawing. Answer all 3 questions in my Peace Love Basketball series and your name will be entered 3 times. (If you are not a FB member, no worries, go to www.peacelovebasketball.com and click on the Contacts link, in the subject header write “Heartwriter Contest” and your name will still be entered in the drawing.)
Thanksgiving is next week, even though the store front windows, television commercials and radio announcers are only telling us about Christmas.
The upcoming holiday season holds hope and anticipation for many. Stress and more stress for others. Often the anxieties of the season can take away from the love and joy we are supposed to experience. The “to-do” lists and obligations overcome us, leaving us far from a place of peace. We can’t wait for the holiday to get here, then we can’t wait for it to be over, in the mean while being completely unaware, detached from the experience, empty.
I never liked Christmas. It all goes back to being four years old and my eleven year old sister telling me on Christmas Eve…There is no Easter Bunny, No Tooth Fairy and No Santa Claus. Then when I was six or seven there was a terrible family fight involving another sister and my mentally ill father. So it is understandable I developed some stress and sadness over the month of December.
But then I had kids. The anxiety and sadness have been replaced with love as I have learned to embrace the joy of Christmas. However, the stress can still be there, just a different kind of stress. A stress over the “shoulds”.
Last year I gave myself permission to have less “shoulds” surrounding Christmas. I didn’t send Christmas cards, didn’t make a gingerbread house and bought way less gifts than the year before. This made room for more light to shine down on me in the month of December. In other words, I was more at peace so I was able to see the light that was already there.
Your first question for this contest dear reader is this: How will you lessen or eliminate the stress from your life this holiday season?