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The New Year Coming

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude, visualization

I am really looking forward to the new year. Every year, when December rolls around, I am filled with hope as well as anxiety. Hope that things will be just as bright, if not brighter, than the year that just passed. Anxiety that there will be future worries that will settle themselves in my mind. Is there such a thing as anxiety over anxiety? I think that’s how people get panic attacks — when they worry about worrying. I think I remember a grad professor of mine telling me that one day in class.

I am trying not to worry, but to rather be more filled with love and hope. There is nothing better than coming into a new year filled with love and hope and wonderfulness. I have everything I ever wished for, and more — a beautiful, cute, healthy baby girl, a husband who adores me and who I adore, a good job where I get to help people, extended family I enjoy spending time with. What more can a girl ask for? Nevermind the fact that I don’t buy myself $300-purses. I don’t need that stuff. Nevermind that I only have about 5 pairs of shoes I wear on a regular basis. That’s all I need.

It’s great. I am looking forward to the new year.

The Big Meals

December 27th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in reflection

One of my favorite things about the holidays is that we get to spend it with family. This year, it was touch and go — we almost missed both family dinners on Eve and the Day due to the heavy snowfall that was completely unexpected and unprepared for. Vancouver just doesn’t get that much of a dump! It’s nice to be able to see family, and to see all the kids opening their presents. It’s so awesome. Plus, I don’t have to cook two dinners in a row! Haha!

My sister joined us for both dinners this Christmas. It was sweet because she doesn’t really get to have a big, family, “white” dinner very often, since our family doesn’t celebrate any of the Americanized holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. She had more turkey and stuffing and bread in two days than she’s ever had before. It’s amazing she doesn’t need some sort of diet pill to wash it all away (like Leptorexin)! Just kidding — she’s as thin as a rail, like her big sister. Heh.

I am already looking forward to next Christmas.

After the Holidays

December 27th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in reflection

The house getting back to its normal shape and condition is probably the best thing about Christmas being over. Heh. While the holiday has come and gone, and the excited feelings have faded (maybe New Year is exciting too, but we’re generally quiet people who don’t do much for New Year’s anyway), the feeling of moving on is good to go. I enjoy being able to put our home back into its original clean condition, with everything in its place. All the unwrapped gifts have been opened and put away. It’s lovely.

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Truly Blessed

December 27th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude, received

Well, Christmas has come and gone, and we’ve even got the tree down yesterday. The stockings are put away, the ornaments are in their respective boxes, the tree is smushed into its own. The only remnants of the holiday left to be seen is probably the snow outside, though that is beginning to melt away also. It’s always a little tad sad when Christmas is over now. Growing up, I dreaded the holiday, but now, as an adult, being allowed and able to make it my own with my own family unit makes it that much more special. Although the financial stresses were big, the overall holiday was something to be remembered. The excitement leading up to it, the “getting” of gifts for those I love, the wrapping of those gifts, and the visual I get when they open these gifts — it’s all so much fun.

This year, I didn’t get much in the form of presents, but I feel that much richer. I think my gift this year was being able to get gifts for Lily Bean. All my energy was into making this Christmas — her very first! — extra special, and I think we did just that. We got loads of pictures of her in her various Christmas gear with her various different gifts. She loves all of her presents (she doesn’t quite understand why she got them, but the excitement on her face when we play with the toys with her, especially the jolly jumper, is absolutely priceless). It’s so neat to see the excitement on a 5-month-old’s face.

This year, I am truly blessed. There is only more to come.

Law Help

December 24th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines

At work, sometimes I come across some really interesting law questions, such as family law, divorce laws, child custody laws, and especially juvenile law. One time, I had some clients who were essentially illegal immigrants to the U.S., and they wanted me to help them with finding out about Immigration Law NC, and I didn’t know the first place to look. Now, at William Fay, I have access to all this information that I know will be useful. In the counseling field, you wouldn’t think you would need to know about law, but I think every field requires some knowledge, or at least the knowledge of resources when the event permits. If you want to find a felony lawyer NC, you would need to know where to look, and now you have William Fay. Sometimes, my clients are involved in legal, criminal cases, and they want me to help them with finding some criminal defense NC help. Whatever I can provide is good information, and I am now keeping William Fay and Co. in mind! You never know when this information will come in handy, and when you or someone you know is desperate to find a lawyer or some law consultation, you’ll be glad to know this place!

Fresh Fallen Snow

December 24th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

When you’re safe and sound at home and you don’t have anywhere to go, snow can be a beautiful thing. Having a fire log in the fireplace, the home all warm, with people and family close by and near, watching the snow falling outside is such a beautiful sight. It really is very pretty — provided that I don’t have to go outside, drive on the crazy roads, and have to gear up so that I’m not freezing my butt off. Snow is beautiful to look like. So very picturesque. Makes the holiday season that much more memorable, that much more special.

I can’t help but be grateful for where I live when I look out the window right now. Although snow is a rarity in Vancouver, BC, it is “sort of” appreciated when it comes around. It makes everything so crisp, so clean, so pretty. Fresh fallen snow is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights I’ve witness.


December 24th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines, reflection, visualization

Being a counselor/therapist myself, I understand all too intimately the needs of counseling. So many of us out there need someone to talk to, someone who is unbiased and who doesn’t have an ulterior motif. It’s comforting being able to talk to a professional about your life issues and crises. This work that I do everyday — being able to help families in need — is so rewarding. I realize, too, that no matter where I am in life or what my needs are at any given time, having a counselor is something that is almost guaranteed to be needed at one point or another. I’ve had various in the past. I also realize that most people don’t know even where to begin to finding a counselor when they need one. Now, at least if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you’ve got Theravive. There, you can find all sorts of counselors to meet your individual life needs. From marriage counseling to family counseling to even drug and alcohol counseling, counseling Los Angeles style doesn’t have to be so hard. They’re there to help, and you’re pretty much guaranteed the very top-notched professionals out there, who are willing and able to meet your counseling needs. It comforts me knowing that my family and friends in the Los Angeles area have a hub space they can come to when or if they need a professional. I’m always being asked if I “know” any good counselors available because I am one.