Getting Gooey

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

That’s deep.

And simple.

As a mom of adult kids, I sometimes struggle with the holidays. I am not saying I miss the old times. I am saying trying to wrangle work and family, gifts and functions, and all the dollar bills evaporating from my wallet can really muck up a beautiful time of year. I think Christmas gets a little harder each year, too. Thinking back to when my kids were little, Christmas morning was so magical. Getting or not getting the dream gift had little impact on the excitement because there was always some pretty good loot to unwrap. Now, it feels a little like the happy is a little harder to find.

Yesterday, today, and the next two days are all crazy booked for me. I have some commitments I must meet and some volunteering to do (because I want to) and normally, by this time, I would have already started with some self-imposed mental frenzy. But, this year, that is not the case. Yesterday, I went to my usual Monday morning class at The Big Red Barn Retreat with Ginger and she put us through a pretty extensive Yin class. She and I texted later and I told her I felt, “Gooey.” It seemed like the perfect word. Lucky for me, with everything still on my list, the gooey has lingered.

Now, I have to remind myself to actually commit to my own practice from Friday through New Year’s Day, since The Barn will be closed for the holiday week. I could really go for some more gooey-ness.


*Stacie is a student at Begin Within Yoga and Wellness. She is a wife, mom, cancer survivor, small business owner, and dog lover. She loves sports, talk radio, and cookies.