Well then, let it snow, rain or sleet.

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

Heads’ up, today’s post is totally unrelated to food but all about holiday spirit.

This morning I turned off my alarm, refused to get out of bed and drank coffee instead of my usual tea.

I thought to myself, why am I so tired and played my inner drill sergeant Mayari to motivate myself, get up and do all things that need to get done. ” Seriously, you need to respond to these emails.” “Girl, you got to get these bills paid”. ” Just because you aren’t in the mood doesn’t give you a pass to not do anything” ” You can take a break during Christmas week, but today you have stuff to do”. Between having 3 December birthdays in my house, Christmas, a small business to run and sick mom, I have found that although we are all doing our best to quarantine and practice distancing, I have not had any actual rest. We have been home for about 9 months now and I can honestly say I have never been more mentally exhausted than I am now during Christmas.

The flurries outside my window have started to thicken and drill sergeant Mayari said ” HA, I hope you don’t have to drive anywhere today cuz you know how other people drive in the snow”.

Umm ok RUDE, drill sergeant is definitely making her presence known today and it’s time for her to go.

I turned on my speaker, started my Christmas playlist and my favorite song “Let it Snow” by Frank Sinatra and the B Swanson Quartet came on. I start belting out the song and my sister next door says “I can’t hear my teacher I am in class!” Sorry! I said and quickly turned down the volume to a more respectable level.

As I hum along the song starts to take on a new meaning. ” The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since there is no place to go let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”. I thought to myself the fire is delightful, the fact that I am alive is delightful, the fact that I can breathe, sing, have a sister is delightful. I can buy gifts, wrap them, make a birthday cake, delightful. Let’s be real here, the fact that my business is still running, delightful; my loved ones are all ok, delightful.

I am delighted in the realization that all of these mini fires in my life, that earlier this morning I saw as obstacles needing to be put out, are actually, the only things keeping me warm.

So yes, the weather outside is frightful my friends. There are so many things happening to each one of us that may seem to be unbearable. But I encourage you today to change your perspective. The clutter in your life you are dreading, or want to throw away in reality is the fuel to your souls fire. Keeping you warm all the way home.

With that, the song I have heard over and over again for 20+ years now has a new meaning. No matter how much snow, rain, or sleet, the outside world spooks us with, in one swift perspective shift” All the way home I’ll be warm”.

Until Next Time,

Cheers!

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