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Christmas Eve Traditions

24 Dec

Holidays are tough for many people, myself including. My family lives overseas and celebrates their own holidays the Russian way and visiting usually during spring and summer months.Most of my friends are American and have families, so they gather with them. But for me, it’s just A and I and his family in Maine. Usually we visit them but this year we had them come here, to NJ. One thing we do have is space!

Even when we spend it in Maine, I still find time for myself. It is so easy to get caught in the craze of the holiday season and completely forget about your needs by being wrapped up in needs of others…

Christmas time is a time for me to reflect. I tend not to fall into a consumer Christmas insanity but try to pass my time in a way that brings me joy. Some activities include writing in my diary, taking long baths, making hair and face masks, and doing my nails. Also, I found that blogging, reading Dickens Ghost stories and other books that have been put on a back burner, calling or texting friends, and just reflecting in general- has proved to be valuable in beating the loneliness blues.. I reflect on the past year, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and weigh in on lessons I have learned and mountains I’ve conquered. I make mind maps. I get rid of things. I donate and re-gift books that made a difference in my life.  I make wishes on Christmas Eve.

What about you? How do you make Christmas YOUR holiday without being stretched too thin?

Worrying myself sick – literally

26 May


My family and I are going through some major, however good, changes. I will announcethose changes in a few days. Needless to say, I am worrying. In fact, I worried so much last week thata I may have worried myself sick – on Friday night my throat was soar and on fire! 

After performing my feel-good precesses (tea, meditation, deep breathing, writing in my journal, hugging my hubby, reading), I started feeling a bit better…

Today was the apogee of my worries. Here is the plan I used to dissolve those unnecessary worries:

1. I distrackted myself with doing something productive.

2. I wrote in my journal asking the Universe to point me in the right direction, to give me a hunch.

3. I organized my week using Stephen Covey’s method (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

4. I gave gratitude for what I already have

5. I went for a walk. 

And although I can still feel a twinge of anxiety, I feel much better than I felt this morning. 

I just have to remind myself, what is the worst that could happen?

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Last Week… Picturized

18 May

It all started with a beautiful sunrise on a Monday morning:


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The Gratitude Chain – Join Me!

6 May


Today, let us be grateful for the little things. I am grateful for the sunshine, for the cool breeze, for clean water, and for a tasty cup of coffee this morning. I am grateful for my job that gives me plenty of income; for my doctoral program that expands my mind and opens doors for me; for the unconditional love of my husband. I feel truly blessed having found the field that I enjoy and for having a purpose in life.


Now, it is your turn! What are some of the little (or big) things you are thankful for? Please leave a comment below. Let’s keep this grateful energy flowing! 🙂


Yes, you are. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


Peace of mind. That is all you really need, no?…


I am radiating some positive vibes this morning. Can you feel them? 🙂


Love yourself, cherish yourself, take good care of yourself, listen to yourself, appreciate yourself.


I couldn’t have put it better myself! By taking that first step, you are already ahead of everyone else, who is not taking that step.

A sick day

1 Apr

Today I stayed home, sick. Runny nose, watery eyes, achy body and head, out of this word fatigue, and a sore throat – classic symptoms of a cold.

I promised myself that I will not feel guilty for taking a sick day. Our district gives us 10 sick days per 10 months of employment… I have used two last fall when I was sick with the same cold… But it is not the case of taking a sick day. It’s more of a case being unproductive when being sick.

I understand that my body needs rest. Early in the morning, before seven, I went to the store and picked up a few things. Ginger root, soup veggies, lemon. Came home, made tea, and homemade chicken soup.

Since then I have been reading, drinking my soup and tea, and blogging. Cats have been keeping me company. Here is to a quick recovery soon 🙂

Taking care of myself today

1 Apr

I have a tendency to go to work when I am sick. This morning I realized that I am not safe to be around – sneezing, coughing, achy and teary eyes.

Today I plan to take care of myself: rest, read, relax, have tea and lie down. I promise to take care of myself today.





Proud to Be Me

22 Sep

It is Saturday night, not even 9pm. I am in the bedroom, reflecting on the week and the weekend.

Albeit very busy, the past week has been amazing. I felt accomplished, fulfilled, sought after, needed, and valued. I felt an expert. I felt that I was in the flow.

I have spent my time exercising, learning new things, making a difference, celebrating my hubby’s promotion, reflecting, spending time with friends, listening to motivational cd’s from Success Magazine, and being still. I have also stuck to my 4am routine and have never felt better… Today, however, I slept in until 8am. I felt my body needed that rest so I have turned over and continued watching the insides of my eye lids for a little while longer. I have also spent some time reading my book.

When I look back and see how much I have accomplished for the past week, I feel proud. Proud for being motivated to live my best life. Proud to spend my time on things that matters the most for me. Proud for appreciating myself for who I am. Proud to at least try to connect to my higher self and live in accordance with my highest life values. Proud to have ambitious goals and work slowly and meticulously towards them. Proud to be practicing self love and self care, every day.


A and I went to Make Fair today and completely geekier out on all things technology, innovation, and design.

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