Merry Christmas and happiest holidays to you, friends. It’s been quite some time since my last post, and to say my first quarter of graduate school was a whirlwind is an understatement. When I wasn’t reading nearly 300 pages a week or completing several assignments at a time, I was interning as a school social work intern or working in the admissions office at my graduate school. What little free time I had left was devoted to resting and relaxing and not much else. It doesn’t mean I didn’t think about you or have anything to say. On the contrary. This year, I leave 2017 with more wisdom and self-awareness than I thought possible. My only regret is leaving this realization to the very end–I mean, this is literally the last Monday of 2017. If I’m being honest, I think we oftentimes leave reflecting for this time of year, and that’s for better or for worst. Continue reading
Well, friends, we did it! This is the second to last Kermit’s Cup of Tea of 2016, and we’re also just hours away from enjoying this year’s Christmahanakwanzika. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but this has been a year of ups and downs, of great moments and disappointing ones, of loves and losses, and yet through it all, we’re still here. To celebrate the end of this crazy year and excite us for the joy and possibilities of 2017, I’m giving you all an early holiday present. Take a guess…give up? Here’s the BEST find of the week:
As much as I adore the beauty and majesty of the holiday season, I realize that this can be a terribly difficult time for others. In the midst of the glowing lights and cheerful dispositions, the holidays can also stress you out, remind you of experiences you’ve worked so hard to forget, make you feel alone and forgotten, and even force you to reflect on mistakes you’ve made and people you’ve lost or had to leave behind. It can make you feel more down than up, and when you’re surrounded by or exposed to the warmth, coziness, and love associated with the holidays, it oftentimes makes you feel worst. So, how can you survive this holiday season? Following these four b’s is a start, but it’s not the end. Keep working, keep fighting, keep being…
Have a holly jolly Christmas! It’s the best time of the year–or at least I think so! As much as I love the fall, Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday season, and what’s not to love? The beautiful decor, the festive films, and, most importantly, the feel-good tunes. I don’t know about you, but holiday music puts me in the most wonderful mood! Sure, there are a few songs that have become overplayed and clichéd, but the essence of every song is ultimately the same, and while presents are awesome (I mean, who doesn’t like to receive gifts?), holiday songs remind us of the real reason behind this holiday season: to spread peace on earth and joy to the world. So, whether you’re feeling like a Grinch or have been blasting holiday music since Thanksgiving (like me), hopefully these contemporary and traditional tunes will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree in no time!
Whether you’re in middle school, high school, college, or beyond, one of the best parts about school is going on a well-deserved and much-needed break. From early September to mid-December, you work day and night for hours and hours on end perfecting projects, writing and revising essays, and studying for exam after exam after exam. Of course you’re exhausted–who wouldn’t be? And just when you thought you couldn’t handle anymore, the gates open up, the angels shine down, and the gods grant you a token for your hard work and dedication to your academics, athletics, and arts: a two-week vacation. While Netflix binges and sleep marathons are ridiculously appealing, try getting off your cozy couch (at least for a few hours a day) and consider spending your break more intentionally:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon radio stations playing 24-hours of Christmas tunes (NSYNCs Christmas album, anyone?), seen a myriad of commercials informing your Christmas wish lists (gotta love those Apple and Coca-Cola commercials), and wasted countless hours watching Christmas-themed films (It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf are among my favorites)! It’s so easy to get brain washed around the holidays, so easy to forget the true reason for the season.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the presents, but be present…be in the moment.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the gifts, but be a gift to someone else…give love.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the lights, but be the light in someone else’s life.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the man, but in the Man…celebrate God’s promises.
And whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in what society sells you, but listen to your heart for Christmas lives inside of you.
So, instead of letting (only) the presents under the tree bring you happiness, focus on giving and receiving what money can’t buy: peace, love, and joy!