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Start Where You Are This Holiday Season

For a long time, I tried to act as if–but swallowing my true feelings and putting on a happy face wasn’t fooling anyone and it wasn’t allowing me to connect to my friends and family and start something new. I stopped faking the Christmas spirit and decide instead to start where I was, setting up boundaries that protected my needs and honoring my feelings.

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This is For You If You Dread the Holiday Season

If you struggle with this time of year – and many of us do – please know you aren’t alone.

I’ve struggled with the holiday season for as long as I can remember.

For me it’s a mix of divorced family baggage, not connecting at all to the religious overtones of the season, stress over gift giving, and feeling drained by mounting obligations.