holidays

The gift of being present and in the moment
“Suffering is a short pain and a long joy.” ~Henry Suso It’s hard not to wish your life away when you’re in the midst of suffering. Whether enduring cancer, loss of a loved one, or loss of a dream--suffering does not discriminate. And it may be the one thing that connects us all. I’m a “get through it” kind of gal, but I realized that when I put my head down and push through it, I miss all of the...
The holidays are a time to enjoy family - they can be less about stuff.
The holidays are right around the corner, and I must admit I’ve already started picking up a few Christmas gifts for my daughter. But when it comes to me, please, don’t get me anything. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love the festive elegance of my family’s Christmas Eve celebration and hanging out in PJs at my in-laws’ on Christmas Day. Some of my fondest childhood memories are...
Small town Fourth of July parades remind us why we celebrate.
It’s July and just like every July, I cannot believe it’s July already! I look forward to summer so much that I’m in shock when July rolls around! How can it be July already? Summer just started and it already feels like the end of summer is near. The fourth of July is a milestone that seems to make the clock tick faster and the sun set sooner! I apologize if I sound too negative, not my intention...
The Art of Receiving: In some cases, we need to open ourselves up to receiving help and love.
We have all been taught “giving is better than receiving,” right? This adage is supposed to keep us from being self-centered and open our eyes and hearts to needs around us, essentially resulting in gratitude for what we do have – ultimately resulting in happier lives. I would say that’s a pretty powerful proverb. How could there be a downside? I was talking with a patient’s sister the other day,...
There's nothing like spending time with close friends.
Just as November is the month of Thanksgiving, December is the month of giving or gifting. As I reflect on my journey since announcing my breast cancer diagnosis, I have been full of gratitude for many good things in my life including my friends. I am most fortunate to have some of the best friends in all of the universe. I think it is easy to take friendships for granted or to reference them too...
Relax under a cozy blanket and enjoy a warm and healing turmeric latte.
Let's face it – the holidays can be extremely stressful. For many of us, all of the expectations that come with the holidays can be too much to bear ( see Carrie Snyder’s blog this month! ). When shopping for the women in your life or shopping for something for yourself, consider some self-care gifts. These are gifts that during the rest of the year we might not consider because it seems like a...
'Tis the season for cheap eats at local restaurants! Enjoy but stay healthy while socializing.
It’s fall in southern Delaware. The onslaught of tourists is a memory and the Eating Season has begun. Local restaurants have kicked off a mind-blogging array of off-season happy hour discounts, meal deals, and delicacy specials. Alcohol holds the top position of the ‘special-for-you’ heap. Happy hour beers are $2 in some places and ‘house’ wines are not much more in others. These prices will last...
Bridget December blog
I have sat down to write this blog several times in the past few weeks only to abandon my efforts because I cannot stand how negative I was being! So here I am, on Christmas Eve morning, and it finally came to me! After walking my dog, I ran in to sit down and write it! I, like many of you, have been drowning in the overwhelming expectations of this season. The shopping, the wrapping, hiding of...