Spending Christmas with Family

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. For me, I got to spend Christmas with some of my family and Shannon‘s family. It was wonderful being able to see my family because it doesn’t happen too often, especially my Grandma Gee. The most amazing part was getting to visit my Grandpa Gee who passed away a handful of years ago.

I hope that any and all who celebrate Christmas had a very enjoyable one this year. There’s no other feeling like Christmas. It’s strange, I feel all the energy of this holiday on Christmas Eve and especially at night. When I was younger I use to have a lot of trouble falling asleep on Christmas Eve. I would wake up throughout the night every few hours.

Now that I’m older, I have an easier time of sleeping. I could sleep until noon on Christmas and be happy. But I don’t mind getting up early to be with family. I don’t care what anyone says, they’re worth missing a few hours of sleep.

 

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My sister and I looking all serious and stuff.

Shannon and I went to Ohio to visit my sister who lives with my aunt and uncle. My Grandma was there from Florida. It was wonderful being able to see them. I’m pretty grateful that I’ve been able to see my sister almost every year since we all moved out of the house and into our own lives. The exception was when I spent Christmas waking up in Mount Shasta in front of a giant Jesus statue.

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Jesus statue in Mt. Shasta California

That’s a whole other story I will be writing and speaking about soon on a new show I am working on. I’ll be sharing more about this new show within the next few weeks.

Shannon and I were able to collaborate on a painting for my grandma and my aunt. I sketched out the design with a pencil and Shannon added the paint to it. One had a cross and the other one had a heart on it and both had bible verses on them, since my aunt and Grandma are into that.

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For my sister, I was able to get her a Nike running shirt with a hood, with help from Shannon. She got a necklace from Shannon and I framed a photo of our oldest nephew Kade. Kade had passed away earlier this year.

They all loved their presents and it was such a wonderful feeling to be able to give our family something nice. Shannon and I got some really nice gifts as well. It’s nice being able to give and receive presents, but most of all, it’s great to see family and spend time with them during the holidays. I don’t get to see them too often because we all live in different parts of the country.

The best gift was getting to visit my Grandpa’s resting place. We all went to see him and my uncle put a Christmas wreath next to his ashes. It was amazing to hear some of my Grandpa’s World War 2 experiences.

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My Grandma told me that he had joined the Navy when he was 14 because he wanted to serve his country. He had used his brother’s birthdate so he could get in and threatened his mom that he would run away if she didn’t let him go. Soon after that, he was deployed and served in a few major battles during the war. Him and my Grandma met in Detroit, Michigan where a lot of veterans went to find work at during those times.

We drove home after we attended a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve. The drive home took about 5 hours. We got home around 2 a.m. and went to sleep until it was time to head to Shannon’s family’s. It was a wonderful time exchanging gifts with them. It was enjoyable seeing how happy Shannon was to spend Christmas with her family. I even helped her spread Christmas cheer by dressing up as an elf!

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After spending time with Shannon’s family, we went home and had our own personal Christmas together and gave each other gifts, which was so special. It was intimate and cozy. We had really chill Christmas music playing, a fireplace on the TV and some wine. It was the most relaxing part of the day.

I am just so grateful to have opportunities to spend with family. Even though I didn’t have a whole lot of money, I was still able to give something to everyone. Some of the presents I made, some I bought, but all had positive intentions.

I wish all of you a blessed rest of your year and a blessed 2017. I am honored to share this life with you. My next blog will be sometime after the new year and I’ll be sharing my experience from New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year to all and to all Good Cheer!

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Balance Giving and Receiving

It’s the holiday season and many people will be giving and receiving gifts now until the New Year. It’s important that we stay balanced during this time and make sure that we give as much as we receive and receive as much as we give. Balance is key in life and the holidays are apart of our lives.

Last month, during my birthday, I made sure that I gave each person a gift as I knew I would be receiving them. As each person would give me a present, I would open it and show them gratitude, give them a hug, then give them a coupon for a free meditation session. Even if they never use that coupon, the act and the thought of giving them a gift in return was a good feeling and they really appreciated it.

Balance is important because if we take, take and take, we might extinguish a resource, cause stress in a friendship or relationship and establish a sense of superiority. If we give, give and give without receiving anything we can exhaust ourselves and begin to feel a sense of resentment. Some people will continuously refuse to take someone’s gift and still develop a sense of “I give and don’t receive”, without even realizing it.

The person trying to give a gift, only to have it be refused, will feel hurt and wonder why the other person won’t accept their gift. It’s a really good feeling to give someone something and especially when they show gratitude for it. Remember that when someone is trying to give you a gift.

Even taking the time to write a letter is so underrated it’s crazy! I know many people who really appreciate a good letter that’s hand written. It adds a personal touch and people really appreciate that. You don’t need to buy something to gift something. Just like writing letters there are many other simple gifts people appreciate.

During this holiday season, I wish you many blessings and hope that you are able to receive and give abundantly. 🙂

Grounding During the Winter

During the winter months, it can be hard to ground ourselves to Earth. We’re not as willing and able to go out into nature. Those who go barefoot most of the spring and summer will be wearing boots. How can we find grounding during this time? That’s the question I’ll be answering in this post.

Meditation is the most efficient practice to find grounding, in my view. If you enjoy nature sounds, lay down with your eyes closed for a bit and imagine that you’re outside. Try and imagine feeling the warmth of the sun, the cool breeze on a warm day.

You don’t need to meditate only on nature sounds to find grounding. You can simply close your eyes and become mindful of your physical body, your mind, your spirit and just simply observe all the sensations, feelings, etc. Just doing this for 5 minutes a day will be beneficial, but 20-30 minutes is ideal.

Beyond meditation, try finding an open area in your home and do some yoga or some simple stretches. Surrounding yourself with house plants, like an easy-to-maintain succubus. Going outside to play in the snow can help you ground your energy to Earth as well.

Build a snowman, go sledding, make a snow angel, have a safe snowball fight. Winter can be a good time to spend outdoors if you have the right equipment and use your creativity. Ever build an igloo? Maybe this is the year!

Well, I will finish this post with a meditation on connecting with nature for any who would like to find grounding through meditation. Have a great week!

The Key to Consistency

You may hear the word ‘consistency’ quite a bit while going through life. Consistency is when you can stick with something daily. For example, I’ve been running everyday for around 2 months now. So I’ve been consistent with running. In this blog, I will share some tips I’ve learned while building my consistency.

The biggest key to consistency, for me, is taking things step by step, little by little. I’ve focused more on the little things than getting overwhelmed with the bigger picture. I started doing an exercise after each run that is known as a “burpee” or as I learned in high school football, an “up-down”. I started with 10 and added just one each day. Now I am up to 52 and plan to continue adding one each day.

If I would have tried to do 52 up-downs at first, I would have given up, but I started with an easy 10 and have slowly gotten up to 52. I know I’m not going to get super fit quickly, but I will build up endurance and the consistency that I am building will continue to grow. It’s hard to run a marathon, but just take one step at a time and put one foot in front of the other and eventually you’ll get to the finish line.

“Little by little, one travels far.”

“Brick by brick, a wall is built.”