Merry Christmas, Friends!

On Thursday, I flew home to Victoria for the holidays. I was excited to see that my family had left the tree undecorated, so we could do that as a family. We spent Christmas Eve eating dinner and watching Rudolph together (tradition). Baby Bro, Sis and I went for our annual light display drive (another tradition). And, in general, I’ve spent the last few days catching up with friends, picking up last-minute gifts, and reflecting on what this year has given me.

It hasn’t always been easy; 2012 was definitely a year of high high’s and low low’s. But here it is, Christmas Day, and I feel so lucky that I am able to say my life today is better than it has been in years. I am a better version of myself than I think I’ve ever been. My life is full of strong friendships with people I hold incredible bonds with. My family and friends are all happy and healthy (and cancer-free!). And 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year.

I am not religious in anyway but I feel quite comfortable with saying that I am truly blessed. My wish for all of you today is that you can think of even the smallest parts of your life or this year and feel the same way. Wherever you spend your holidays, take a moment to appreciate the smiles on people’s faces as they unwrap gifts, pass plates around the table, and take their first bites of the best meal of the year. Help the cook prep dinner, offer to set the table, and make sure everyone gets some fresh air at least once.

Enjoy your company. Be grateful. Offer to help. And just soak it all in. A lot of effort goes into this day… try not to let the madness consume you.

Merry Christmas, friends!

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