Happy Holidays to You All
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:58:16 PM
This weekend, a lot of people are still rallying around to get the last Christmas presents, or to buy the food they will be preparing for their families. TV, papers (and my email inbox) are already full with “sales” messages. It all feels more stressful and commercialised than anything else.
I have pretty much with-drawn myself from all of this this year, because Christmas has a slightly different meaning to me since we lost mom in July – long before her time.
I have to say that the good memories now start to take over, and the pain of losing her isn’t that raw anymore. Still, the way you perceive Christmas really changes after you lost a loved one. Christmas and the New Year have always been a time of reflection for me.
This year I have truly stopped making other people’s agendas my own, and I only do what I really want to do. I invested back into professional development – a thing I always did, but this year, more than usual.
If I could put in a nutshell what Christmas and the New Year mean to me, a few thoughts immediately spring to mind:
The most important thing is to spend time with my loved ones, because I had to learn the hard way that none of us are going to be around forever.
I will allow myself to switch off during the holidays, despite being self-employed. I will also not have a bad conscience about it.
I came to understand that I usually do better if I trust my instincts and only do what I feel passionate about, not what I think other people expect of me. I also believe it is something that translates into everything.
And so I hope that you can spend some quiet time to reflect on your goals for 2019, and that you find the courage to take the necessary steps for your own creative journey. And after this New Year for me will be where I switch off and just pause. Pause to celebrate life. Pause to reflect. Pause to take inventory. Most of us type more than we talk these days. And the more we live in this parallel digital world, the blurrier the line gets between present and past. Because when nothing is lost, nothing is past. Time is no longer a river; it’s a looping series of digital paths.
As this rollercoaster year draws to a close, I don’t think I’m alone in contemplating what it has all meant; musings on life, death, human nature, the future occupy my mind. And as I enter 2019 I will continue to let the light filter in. To trust the journey.
If I were the resolution-making type, I’d resolve this year to love harder. I’d wish that for all of us: to love more ferociously, this bruised-up planet and each other, to love with our muscles and our bones and our spectacular hearts, our souls and our precise, unmistakable skin — inscripted as it is with the scars and abrasions of where we’ve been. Let’s love as loudly as we can with our voices, too, singing and humming and hissing into the ether from within these strange and temporary shells that hold us.
And so I wish you all a beautiful holiday season full of love, laughter, family and good food!!!
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:30:13 PM
Love Love Love Beautifully expressed.

always choose love.

Best wishes, everyone for a wonderful holiday season - in whatever manner you choose to celebrate.
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:16:52 AM
Happy Holidays to you!

Sorry for your loss. *Hugs*

May you have a great 2019.
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 2:00:50 PM
That was wonderful to read. Thank you for the post. Wishing you and everyone the happiest of holidays.
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 2:34:49 PM
Thank you and praying for your Love healing to continue!

If we focus on the reason for the season we can still have joy even in the midst of sorrow.

Merry Christmas to all!
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 4:47:00 PM
Wow Lisa, your post really moved me. I am saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. I have lost a couple of family members this year as well, though neither a parent, but still voids left in my heart. Thank you for reminding us to stop and actually remember to LIVE our lives... our real lives, not just our virtual ones on the endless echo chamber that is the internet. I wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season and a clear path moving forward into 2019 toward not only success, but real fulfillment.

Sending love to all Love
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018 7:04:22 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words everyone Love Love Love
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:40:55 AM
My Sincerest Condolences to you Lise Roses
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:12:45 AM

🎅 Everyone have a wonderful holiday! ☃️

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:02:12 AM
Lise, that was beautiful. I am sorry for your loss. You are spot on about how such a loss changes Christmas.

I hope everyone has a restful holiday.
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:24:02 PM
This reminds me of A Christmas Carol and the message to hold Christmas in our hearts all year long!Love Peace, Love and Joy to all!
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:59:39 AM
H*A*P*P*Y ~*~ H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S ~*~ TO ALL!
Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 3:25:46 PM
Thank you so much everyone. The first Christmas without mom was a hard one. Also, thank you to everyone at Zazzle. The handwritten card expressing condolences that I received in the mail was so touching. It just shows again how much you guys do listen and the care you have for the designers here. All the best in 2019 to everyone Love Love Love
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 6:34:51 PM
Beautiful post and very well written. So sorry for your loss. Having lost my mother in 2001 when she was 64 and then my father 12 years later, I know what it's like. I miss them both very much. I hope you have a magnificent New Year in 2019!
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 8:59:20 PM
Miss her every single day...

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