Welcome to 12 Days of Holiday Peace! These 12 days were born in a session with my mentor/coach/guide, Marin Bach-Antonson, where I told her that my heart felt like it was so full that it was going to explode. I felt like there was so much yummy goodness in there that I needed to find a way to get it out. I, of course, didn't share it quite so eloquently on that phone call with her. It came out in broken sentences in between sobs. She recommended sharing my heart in some way, and this is the first thing that came to mind. So, hopefully you get some benefit from what I share over the next 12 days. This program has been designed to share with you the tools that I have accumulated over the last 10 years to cope with stress and low-level anxiety.
Let me start by saying that as calm as I am now, it's taken a lot of work to get to this point, and the anxiety still creeps in occasionally. I've built up my toolbox to the point now, though, that I can usually recognize it before it settles in on the couch, give it some love, and show it to the door. Before I had all of these tools, I invited stress in, gave it a few glasses of beer or a bottle of wine, and invited it to stay the night. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this approach, but I personally don't choose that experience anymore.
Let's talk about the program! There's no particular order to the way I'm going to share these tools over the next 12 days. I'll post a blog to talk a little about what we're doing and then, I'll share a video on Facebook Live to actually walk you through the techniques if it's something that needs a little more explanation or an actual experience. If there's anything we go through that you want to know more about, post it here on the blog or on Facebook, and I'll do what I can to get you an answer!
Also, I want to say that these are all things that have worked for me at one point in my life or another, depending on where I was in my journey and what I was experiencing at the time. Some of them still work for me and some were just temporary fixes for the experience I was having at the time. If something works for you, use it! If it doesn't, ignore it completely or come back to it later. There is no wrong or right in this. AND! If you have tools that have worked for you that I don't cover here, please share them! The more we share our experiences, the happier we all can be!
That said, I'm on a slightly different path right now where I'm feeling my feelings, really sitting with them and working through them. This takes a more time and space than most of the tools I'm going to share with you here and can sometimes feel really yucky when doing the work, but I would highly recommend it at some point if you're like me and have suppressed your emotions most of your life for one reason or another. It feels amazing and allows me to experience life a little more fully instead of being in defensive mode. A lot of the tools I'm sharing in this program - actually most of them - are aimed at helping in the moment and getting you out of that vibration of fear and anxiety and to a place where you CAN do this work if you so choose.
Ready to get started?? Tune in tomorrow to the blog and Facebook Live for the First Day of Holiday Peace!
Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and I’m so grateful that I can share these tools with you that I’ve learned. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me in my lifetime!
I bless you with the peace and ease you need in this holiday season.