Will it be a… Merry Christmas?

It’s hard not to question whether we should be focusing on this holiday when we see such doom and gloom on TV. Or hear it on the radio. Even from friends who know people… or are people who’ve been sick themselves, or who’ve lost loved ones.

But… we must remember why the day itself is special. For instance, it’s a precious day in the church, the day that Jesus was born. Do you remember singing carols like Away in the Manger as a child and experiencing the glory of the birth of Christ? I do.

Of course, as a child, the most important symbol for Christmas was Santa Claus. I knew there was a bearded spirit who loved every child enough to bring them a gift. Today, I know that he’s just the symbol for us adults who do his deeds. Thank goodness we keep his existence alive for our children to experience the joy of the day that meant so much to us… engraving a memory in their hearts so they can look back as adults.

It’s the joy we need to remember and try to rekindle. Even if we spend the 25th quietly, we must remember to celebrate the day itself. Lord, I can’t bear to think of those who will be isolated… so if every one of us takes a few moments out of the day to send blessings from our hearts to someone we love, pick up the phone and make a call to that person you know will be alone, maybe by thinking of others who have an empty home, we’ll feel better about where we are ourselves.

From my home to yours,

I wish you all a Merry Christmas & a New Year that gets better every day.

Hugs,

Christmas photos that make me smile!!

Mimi

15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions

Many people will make New Year resolutions to ring in 2020, but we seldom keep our promises for very long. Reevaluating your life is hard stuff! Here’s a list of New Year resolutions that will make you feel better, physically and mentally. These suggestions aren’t that difficult and are sure to make you feel happier about who you are.   

  1. Practice anonymous random acts of kindness.
  2. Make at least one person smile each day.
  3. Read at least one book each month. (Don’t forget to review it. The author will SMILE! See resolution #2.)
  4. Go someplace you’ve never been.
  5. Be kinder to yourself.
  6. Be kinder to others.
  7. Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
  8. Take the stairs. It’s good for you.
  9. Let go of old hurts and grudges.
  10. Forgive.
  11. Try a new hobby.
  12. Donate all clothing you haven’t worn in a year.
  13. Start and end each day consciously feeling happy and grateful.
  14. Buy less plastic. It’s bad for our planet.
  15. Stay in touch with the people who matter.

What New Year resolutions would you add to the list?

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15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

No! It can’t be 2019 already?! Seriously?? Where did the time go! #mgtab @mimisgang1

Okay – someone smack me on the side of the head. It’s New Year ’s Day for 2019 and I honestly don’t know what happened to the last few months of 2018.

Have you ever had a year like that?

It’s mind-warping.

I used to hate the days when I was younger that seem to go on forever, but I’d sure like a few of them now.  You know those days where the time went by so slowly that you filled them in with frivolous things like reading a book, going for long walks or talking on the phone to as many friend’s who’d answer when they saw your name on their caller ID.

Nowadays, if I force myself to do some of those things, I’m finding myself in a rush, walking double time and skimming the book pages rather than letting each word sink in.

To make things even worse, I allow guilt to attack because I haven’t called people for so long they probably won’t recognise my voice. And… because so much time has passed, I can’t stand the thought of that tiny tone of sarcasm when they go on about how long it’s been since they’ve heard back from you – even though they left a number of messages…. awww just shoot me now!

So – it’s time to instigate some changes, to live every day, stringing things out for as long as it’s possible. I’m thinking that when we slow down, so will the clocks. When we stop thinking we need to rush around, maybe we’ll have moments of boredom, moments when we can fill in with special pastimes like lunch with a friend, joining new groups to follow interests we’ve always set aside or maybe to finish a lot of projects that are decorated with cobwebs all over the bags.

What a fantastic idea!!

It would be so sweet to get to the end of week without saying, OMG it’s already Friday???

My wish to all of you wonderful friends is to have your inner clocks slow down. To live every day to the fullest! To fill yourself with so enjoyment in life that once the end of the week arrives, you will think I can’t believe how much I accomplished, my days were filled and I loved every long minute.

I also want to take this moment to thank you for supporting our wonderful authors here at the Authors’ Billboard. We will never forget your unbelievable kindness.

Big hugs and lots of loving wishes,

Happy New Year!

XO

Mimi

 

From our hearts to yours – Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

**This image is a photo of a treasured Christmas village my dad made from stain glass in his early retirement. Every year it decorates my dining room and reminds me of how lucky I’ve been to have had such a talented and gentle man as my father.

For me and my family, this is the season that we go all out, spend way too much money and have one heck of a lot of fun. It’s our time to say – the hell with everything – let’s celebrate. We’re all here and we’re all happy and healthy.

Only this year, there’s one of us who isn’t doing very well and that’s been making me feel so sad… until I called him today. Then my 93 year-old dad, who was taken to the hospital a week ago, cracked silly jokes, argued with me that he wasn’t being cheeky, he was just feeling so much better than he’d felt over the last few days when we’d begun to fear the worst.

WOW!! I can’t tell you the relief I felt. I wanted to jump up and down and yell hallelujah – Johnny’s back!!!  (That’s actually his name  🙂

So now – with a heart full of gladness and a spirit ready to enjoy the coming season – I want to wish you all the same happiness I feel.

In case we don’t tell you enough – the girls and I here at the Billboard – love and appreciate you, our readers and friends. We write our posts to entertain you and put out our books in box sets so you can enjoy our work at a reasonable price. Just like you, we all have families with ups and downs and good times and bad. We’re women with kind hearts who want you to know that we REALLY enjoy having you stop by and read our blogs. And when you leave a comment, it makes our day.

From our hearts to yours – have the best Christmas ever, surrounded by family and friends, love and warmth and… happiness.

May all your dreams come true in 2018!

Hugs,

Mimi