When Friends Disappoint: The Footprints on Your Soul

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When someone that you once trusted — and shared your heart with — betrays you, it feels like someone stomped on your soul…Father Richard Rohr

Quote from article, "The Truth About The People You Can't Forgive," Mamie Healey, Huffington Post 

I read this quote the other day as I was mourning the passing of another female friendship. It came at the right time. My relationships with females have always been difficult.

I could say it was due to my early relationships as a child. Although looking back at those relationships might help me to understand my difficulties, it would not help me move forward to fix them. Continue reading “When Friends Disappoint: The Footprints on Your Soul”

Jets Fan: Rolling in Glee!!!

Jets Fan beyond excited!! My dad was a Jets fan. I am keeping the tradition alive (and riding with the Jets through every season)! We won!!! We are 10-5!!! We beat “Pretty Boy” and his Patriots! J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!!! Respect the grown woman Jets Fan!!

Even if we don’t make it to the Super Bowl (Jets fans are cautious), we still had a fabulous season. We can only go up! 

Jets Fan for life!!

3 Easy Christmas Card Door Displays

How do you display your Christmas cards during the holidays?

Happy Sunday everyone!  Now that the rush and energy of the Christmas holiday are drifting away, I wanted to share another favorite Christmas memory. This one involves Christmas cards.   

My nana always taped her Christmas cards to her dining room entryway. Every Christmas card she received had a place of honor. It was simple, yet festive. It is still a tradition in my home today. I use my living room closet door for my display. 

Christmas Card Display Made Easy

My grandmother had the right idea. All she needed was tape and time. If you are like me, you have DIY intentions (sure you can recreate the picture in the magazine) that turn into a “Do It Quick” (DIQ) reality (time gets away from you). I totally understand. 

ChristmasCardDoorThese are cards (above) that I received from students, family, friends, and neighbors. I am always amazed at the pictures and the messages from my students. (I am a support teacher. So, I am also humbled by the amount of gift and cards I receive.) Since I did not put up a Christmas tree this year (too tempting for my Shinxley and Mozeley), this was a nice compromise. 

After decorating my door, I was curious. I wanted to see if other people put their cards on their doors. My research turned up only a few door displays. Most Christmas card displays, which were beautiful, involved a lot of craft work. Anyway, in honor of my nana, I thought I would share two of the displays that I found. 

The first display was on the blog ItsThreeThirty.com. This was first posted in 2014. Her simple display is eye-catching. It also shows how many people are sending photo cards for the holidays. There is something comforting about the closeness of the cards.


The next display was originally posted in 2007 on the blog The Diaper Diaries. This reminded me of my grandmother’s door. The only difference is the size of the entryway. (And the colors because the only neutral palette back then was white.) Those cards in the entryway were another happy sign that Christmas was near. 


Do you display your Christmas cards on your doors or entryways? I would love to hear about your “low-prep, DIQ” displays! 


(Tweet) Worrying about the Past

Why do we worry about the past when we can’t even remember the weather last week? https://t.co/k3Z8Hk85Lp #health #wellness

— Changing Wellness (@SayWellness18) December 27, 2015


I was just thinking about this today as I wrote in my journal. This tweet made holding onto the past seem so senseless. Senseless because we barely remember what happened the week before. It was very appropriate, especially for single people like me during the holidays

That is the time when old pain and bad decisions creep into our minds. At least, it did for me. As I watched all of the photos of families enjoying Christmas, I started to focus on what I did not have. Maybe we need to put that pain in perspective. Maybe we need to focus on how that pain has shaped where we are today.


Do you think we focus too much energy thinking about our past instead of cherishing the moments of today? 


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