Okay, so the format here at the diner for the next few weeks is freestyle easy. There's a reason for that since this time of year packs mega-stress along with mega-cheer. Everyone is rushing around trying to live up to impossible standards based on Norman Rockwell pictures or Martha Stewart-like magazines. So today I'm here to remind everyone to let go of the guilt and embrace the day.
Not so easy when you're wearing at least 15 different hats without a major holiday looming in the near future. Normally, everyone wants a piece of you--now they want your wallet, too. Resist the urge to be Superwoman or Megamom because it's okay to be human. Really. Isn't that one of the things we explore in our paranormal writing--the essence of being human? Aren't mistakes and what we learn from them, the defining experiences that shape our character, create our courage and connect us to each other?
You're allowed to make mistakes in writing and in life. Find one thing to be thankful for among the chaotic bustle that surrounds you. Yesterday, I was thankful listening to Josh Groban's rendition of Ave Maria. Today I was thankful for both luck and skill involving a loved one. At the very least, tomorrrow I will be thankful for another day to read and write and tell my family that I love them.
Remember to breathe. Remember to relax. And cut yourself some slack.
(special thanks to Faheem Quereshi for the photo)