How to Celebrate Holidays True to You

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5 Lessons I’m Taking With Me Into 2015

The end of December is a natural time for us to reflect on our experiences during the past year and look ahead to the next.

For me, I have 3 special occasions that prompt me to look back and look ahead.

My birthday is December 26, the day after an important holiday in my life—Christmas—and it just precedes the New Year!

It has been my practice for several years now to take time around my birthday to reflect on the lessons I have learned in the previous year and to see them as gifts of learning to take with me in to the year ahead!

I am grateful for the these 5 gifts of learning that have blessed my life in 2014:

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How To Manage Multiple Family Commitments—Without the Guilt Trip

Christmas in July. Christmas in January. Thanksmas.

There seems to be no end to the creative ways families manage multiple holiday commitments.

What do you do?

When it comes to managing holiday commitments with your own family, your in-laws and your extended family are you….

A scheduler?
An alternator?
A go-with-the-flow gal?
Or a creative holiday drop out?

Find out which style you resonate most with in this latest episode of the 4 Types Beauty Panel.

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3 Body Shaming Beliefs to Banish This Holiday Season

“Does my butt look too big?”

My mother used to walk in front of me to ask that body shaming question—a version of which I’m sure many of us may have asked ourselves at some point in our lives.

When I was in grade school my mom would see another woman and ask me, “Am I as big as her?”

Growing up, many of our mothers modeled to us the unhealthy and wounding practice of comparing themselves to other women.

She wanted to determine if her body and appearance were acceptable.

As women we are notorious for shaming ourselves and our bodies with negative opinions about our size and weight, and measuring the value of our worth against other women.

It’s time we choose to stop.

And you don’t want these 3 negative beliefs to ruin your holidays! So now is a great time to let go of them once and for all.

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5 Things To Do Less of This Holiday Season To Receive More Of What You Really Want

Have you already felt it? That first hint of holiday rush?

Perhaps this holiday season you’re traveling to visit loved ones. Or maybe you’re hosting, so you’re responsible for planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning?

Just the typical holiday preparations add a lot to your already busy schedule!

But when you operate from the energy of stress, you have the tendency to unconsciously create more of what you don’t want: stress!

Consider the possibility if you do less of the following 5 things this holiday season, you will naturally invite more of what you really want to experience this time of year!

It’s that easy, and you feel a lot more rested.

Which of these 5 tendencies may be sabotaging your holiday season without you even knowing it? Let them go!

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful For You, My Blog Readers

Here in the United States we recognize one day each year to be thankful.

But I believe we don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to express our gratitude. Gratitude, when practiced consistently, blesses our lives in unimaginable ways.

I’ve made expressing gratitude a daily practice in my life.

So today, I’d like to express my gratitude for you, my reader, and why I’m grateful for The Carol Blog.

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