Posts tagged holidays
Big Rocks

With a new year around the corner, I’ve been thinking recently about happiness. How does one pursue it? And even more importantly, how does one catch it?

I’ve been learning happiness isn’t something you find, it’s something you live. Striving for happiness is sort of like pursuing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; if you focus too much on the treasure, you’ll completely miss the glory of the rainbow overhead.

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The Thankful Game

At a conference I attended this summer, a keynote speaker gave a talk about thankfulness. She referred to a study which found people who meditate on five specific things per day they are grateful for are 25% happier. I'm not exactly sure how happiness is measured (although it's explained in the full text), but I can tell you from personal experience that focusing on the good happening around me rather than the negative changes my perspective.

So I came home from the conference and excitedly told Patrick about this new piece of information I learned and thus was born The Thankful Game.

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Dream Big & Shop Small

This year I'm participating for the first-time-ever as a seller next week on Small Business Saturday. If you haven't heard of it, this is the holiday squeezed in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a time for you, the Almighty Consumer, to support me, the tiny, hobby-like wannabe entrepreneur.

In a world of cut-throat capitalism, why would I put a plug in for small business? If you can't make it, get out of the market, right?

But if you've ever played (and lost) the game Monopoly, you might understand why putting all the power (i.e. money) in a few huge companies is a rather short-sighted pleasure. So here's how and why I hope you shop small this post-Thanksgiving season.

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Wanderlust

I arrived home a few weeks ago from an almost-two-week vacay in Europe. Not really a vacation; as my brother would say, I took a trip not a vacation. A vacation is when you go lay on a beach somewhere and relax. We did anything BUT relax on this trip.

I have to be crafty when it comes to finances to make travel + life fit together. This was my third time to Europe, but my first time to travel while having had a "grown-up" job for more than five years. Which means I've figured out how to travel cheap.

I'm not an expert by any means, but here's how I make travel work for me...

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Halloween

I haven't been this excited about Halloween since I was a senior in high school when my parents finally let me dress up and go trick-or-treating for the first time since I was a kid, thus breaking their strict big-kids-don't-beg-for-candy rule. I deftly talked my way into this by arguing that Halloween was an important American cultural activity for the German foreign exchange student we were hosting at the time.

I stand by that argument. Halloween is an excellent holiday.

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Soul Food

This Christmas I'm feeding my soul.

About 95% of the time, I make decisions about what to eat based on health. I really believe (depending on what you eat) food is either medicine or poison. I think about this a lot and I try to live by that rule.

But there are times that food is as much medicine for my soul as it is for my body. In my book, Christmas is one of those times.

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Five Tips for Surviving (and even Enjoying) The Holidays

For those of us with a sweet tooth (or an urge to snack on things in front of us), this can be a treacherous time of year. I mean, I barely made it out of the grocery store alive after the Halloween candy sale (ahem, not saying that nothing "accidentally" fell into my cart). Up next are two of my favorite - not to mention the most delicious - holidays of the year.

I mean, there is one holiday that is completely dedicated to eating with those you love. Seriously? It's like Thanksgiving's subtitle is Ann's Ideal Holiday.

But of course, for those of us who also prioritize our health, this time of the year brings certain challenges. I.e. fighting the urge to eat all the things. As such, I'd like to share with you a few of my personal strategies that I use to help find a balance between health and enjoyment of some of these favorite foods.

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