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IvanaHappy Holidays

I remember what December used to be for me. It was full of hot chocolate, icicles, one-piece snowsuits, and a very frozen face. I remember going to the ski hill first thing in the morning. Breathing in that cold air, feeling the soft fresh powder under my skis. I remember thinking this must be some kind of heaven on earth. The snow packed on the trees, the blue sky; I felt like I was in a painting. I can still see and feel it.

Can I ever put into words what it felt like for a child to wake up on a quiet morning, look out the window and see the first snowfall? If I had to use one word to describe it, it would be magical.

I know snow is a little different for me now. I look at it now and think, “How am I going to get around in that?”. The stresses of cold winds and falling snow that could bury you to your knees. However, the little girl in me still wants to jump in it and make snow angels.

What I didn’t know then was just how lucky I was. Some kids didn’t get to wake up on mornings like that. I didn’t know how appreciative I should have been. It was just an ordinary day going to the ski hill. No reason for a celebration. Fourteen years later and one hell of a journey, I have learned otherwise. The ordinary days are the ones that should be celebrated the most. I sit here on the floor, drinking hot tea, knowing how much the past has meant to me, how it made me feel. Knowing that I may never have that kind of feeling again.


The best gifts in life

Friendship & Family

Family and friends… They are what hold me up when the rest of the world becomes hazy. They are my voice when I have lost mine. Each and every single one of them has taught me something that I needed to learn. They are what holds me together. They believe in me more than I do myself sometimes. It is because of them that I know, deep in my heart, I will do what I am meant to do. They will not let me fail.

Friends and family are two of the most important people you can have in life. We need them. They make up for what we lack. I found in those difficult times, they added balance to my life. They have watched me make mistakes and did not judge me for it. They are my biggest encouragers. They have grown with me and it is such a wonderful thing. They keep me grounded and remind me to fill my life with value. To my friends and family reading this – I appreciate you. I will live the rest of my life knowing and remembering all that you continue to do for me.


Time is something you can never get back. Every second you receive, is a gift. We grieve for time lost, time gone forever, and time we will never have. Bake cookies, drive around the city looking at all the Christmas lights, watch your favorite holiday movies, shop less… Jump in the snow, put your phone down, and eat twice as much food. Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, time will slow down for you.


Patience is something we all need to practice each and every day. When did we all become in such a hurry? Make time to do something nice for someone. Make time to slow down. Patience knows that things take time. It is about remaining calm in a sea of chaos. You will get there; it will get there.



There are so many homeless shelters, children with little to no food, and animals without a home. There are cold hands and feet. Donate old shoes, food, cozy blankets, and old books. Do not get lost in all the materialistic items.


It is so important to give, especially during the holidays. Give your time, your presence, and your kindness… It makes a difference. There are so many individuals out there that you may have gone blind to see. Our lives are filled with exotic trips, fashion posts, and perfect dinners. Have we forgotten about those who need help? There is good in all of us; it exists. Spread that goodness and treat everyone with respect and kindness.

December has now become a month of giving for me. I want to remind you that there are so many different ways to give. There are so many acts of kindness and generosity. I hope you don’t just think about it but act on it.

The holidays are what you make of them. You don’t need the presents, or the skis, or the money. The holidays have become a time for creating new traditions and remembering the old ones. Cherishing the time you have right now. Treasure today, right now.


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