Christmas to Me

We finally put up our Christmas decorations! Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday; it ends the year with love, joy, generosity, peace and unity. Christmas is all about coming together, it’s about being a community. I love that part of Christmas the most. (Well, I also love the desserts) 🙂 As we go into this season, I challenge you to become more community orientated. Not only because you hope that good karma will come back to you, but because you will find that becoming more community orientated will change your life and change your corner of the world for the better. I challenge you to make friends with someone completely different from you. Enjoy the beautiful diversity this world has to offer, the diverse races, religions, and views. I challenge you to give, not just materially. Give grace. Give hope. Give compassion. Give love. I know we’ve just come out of a pretty sucky 2 years, let’s make the next 2 better…way better. Spread the way of life that you want. Spread joy, community, caring, active listening, empathy, advocating. And for pity’s sake, spread love! We all need it and want it. It starts with you.

Yours Truly,


Your Friend Lydia

Marvelous Mom

Dear Mom,

You’ve been there for me for what seems like forever… almost like it has been since the day I was born. 🙂 We’ve been through a lot of chapters of life together and through it all you’ve been the best person I know. Wanna know why? I’ll tell ya. 🙂 You are kind, you’ve tried to understand and care for me all of my life. You are trustworthy, I don’t trust anyone more than you… I couldn’t even picture that. You are compassionate, you always give me the benefit of the doubt. You are vulnerable, a trait that the world will tell you and I that is bad but in actuality it is a fine art that has been lost (we’re bringing it back into style) :). You have a good sense of humor and can laugh at yourself, something that you have always taught me. You are a good listener who always has a follow up question. You make me feel noticed and needed, something that you struggled with all your life that you have turned into your specialty. You are much more but, this blog does say pictures with a side of words. 😉

Happy Birthday, Mom.


Lydia…your daughter