Conflict at Christmas

I love to entertain. I love big, noisy dinner parties with lots of guests, food and good conversation. Yet for many years we did not host Christmas for my husband’s family. The reason? I was still not Italian, not Catholic and not right for Carlo in their eyes and, for me, Christmas with my in-laws was a difficult time. Continue reading “Conflict at Christmas”

What’s the story with Advent?

Have you heard the term Advent mentioned around Christmas? Have you wondered what it is about? If you are anything like I used to be, you have heard of Advent but thought it was some old-school church concept that didn’t have relevance to me. My perception began to change when I had my daughter. Continue reading “What’s the story with Advent?”

I Don’t Know How You Do It

When my firstborn daughter was 3 months old, I went back to work two days a week. I was 23 years old, and had only been working for a year since graduating university when I had her. So my husband and I decided that I would work part time, while my daughter stayed with my mother for one day a week and with him on the other. Continue reading “I Don’t Know How You Do It”

Help! My emotions are owning me!

Have you ever felt reallllly sad, mad, or just plain bad? Whether it was feeling terrible about yourself or overwhelmed with life. Perhaps you were extremely tired and you just couldn’t seem to change your mood for the better.

It is hard enough trying to manage our own emotions let alone trying to teach our children to manage theirs. Am I right?! Continue reading “Help! My emotions are owning me!”

The Most Courageous Decision I’ve Ever Made

The box of tissues made me laugh.

They were the first thing I noticed when we walked into the marriage counsellor’s office that day. That neat box of tissues, sitting in the middle of the table, between the water jug and two glasses.

I suppressed a chuckle. Does he think we’re going to end up in tears? I wondered silently. Continue reading “The Most Courageous Decision I’ve Ever Made”

Reframing regret, and other u-turn moments

I read somewhere recently that there were certain things that you should do in your 20s to avoid regrets in your 30s and 40s.

Well, it’s too late for me, I just turned 41, and so I read on to see what I had missed out on :D. Continue reading “Reframing regret, and other u-turn moments”