3 Things to Consider this Festive Season

It is that week that temptation is everywhere we turn. The festive season is like a festival of temptation, the foods especially that you have been trying to steer clear from all year may be calling your name from the roof tops, yes, even that name that your friends do not know.

Before you say yes, remember that January is coming, and Aunt Flo is prepping her bag to cross over into 2019. With that in mind, we need to be careful. We know her ways, how easily upset she is, the tsunami-like tantrums she throws when things do not go her way.

Here are three things that I am taking into consideration as I celebrate Christmas this year.

Everything in moderation

A cheat-meal once in a while may not do much harm, depending on what the contents of the meal are. It is important to know your triggers, and try to avoid them. For the foods that cause minimal discomfort, remember to eat them in moderation. Don’t let the cheat meal become a week of lies that you will be paying for dearly in January.

Manage your energy

Christmas can be everything but relaxing, with the buzz of activity during the festive season, the people who want to see you and meals that need to be shared. As the carols fill the air, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is laced between the lines of invitation texts.  The truth is that you will still survive if you do not do everything or say ‘yes’ to every offer. Conserve your energy and take time to rest. Do something that refreshes you and fills your cup.

Love on yourself

Take time out and think about all the wonderful things that have happened this year. Reward yourself for your wins, forgive yourself for the way that you feel like you have failed. Open a new page and give yourself a chance to dream again.

Allow yourself to dream, rest and believe as you prepare for 2019.

Merry Christmas!

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Post-Valentines Love

Aunty Flo ruined red for me, she was such a drama queen, who wanted to use my whole life as her runway as she strutted her stuff. Red for me was a reminder that she was coming into town, and that meant my life would change, I should have adjusted and adapted since her visit was periodical ( pun intended) but it still shook me every time. She was always EXTRA, robbing me subtly until she decided it was not worth hiding and did it in plain sight.

Then came Endo, Aunty Flo’s sidekick who refused to leave. She was like a leech, going in for blood; a permanent guest with terrible manners, hogging all that was mine and redefining me to myself. I was moody, understandably so, and irrational. My relationships suffered, and it was hard to give love when I felt like I was hemorrhaging the essence of who I was.

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The thing about living with pain is that sometimes you miss out on celebrating special days, because of pain, fatigue and/or other complications. When you are finally well enough to celebrate the after-party clean up has already been done.

This Valentines (week), we are taking time to celebrate the MVPs who are constant through the pain, those who are present, pillars of strength, voices of encouragement, bearers of hope even when they do not fully understand the pain that we undergo.

For those who help us feel like roses: soft, beautiful, vulnerable, dainty and precious, when in reality we feel like thorn bushes,  horrible to be around, offensive, not the best to look at and dull.

We celebrate you and we thank God for you. Thank you for being in our lives and loving us. Our journeys are a little easier because of you.