It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Read on…

All around us, people are hustling and bustling through their holiday rituals – shopping, eating, attending parties, spending time with loved ones, caroling, decorating – and the list goes on. But what if you just aren’t in the mood?

Maybe your loved ones aren’t close by, or you don’t subscribe to the rituals of shopping, eating, over-consuming on many levels. Some of you may have lost loved ones this past year. Some may be wondering about the world in general with current events around us that tell us folks aren’t getting along so well. Maybe your health isn’t so good, and it’s gotten you worried.

But come on! It’s Christmas! Or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus! Get in the spirit for Pete’s Sake!

Well, I don’t want to. And maybe you don’t as well.

For me, I’ve been like this for several years now. It’s a combination of things – a grown-up son rather than little ones that love the presents(with a birthday the day after Christmas!), family that is now far away, a couple years of studying Eastern philosophies and a belief that all is impermanent, a dislike of consumerism and all who have to have the newest toys.

And finally, a belief that I HAVE ENOUGH! Here are the things I’m grateful for:

  • A husband who loves me more than life itself and whom I love that much in return
  • A wonderful blended family:
    • A son and his family including my daughter-in-law and two granddaughters
    • Three step-sons and two future daughters-in-law; one step-daughter and a future son-in-law (I’m jumping to some conclusions there, but sometimes you know…)
    • My mom who is 90; my mother-in-law who is 87
    • Great in-laws in general
    • Two brothers and their families
  • My health
  • Working for a great boss at a great company
  • Building our business together, Living the Dream Coaches, LLC with my beloved Joe
  • Friends, acquaintances, and colleagues that I love, like, and respect
  • A bunch of positive, loving coaches and mastermind partners who lift me up and are the source of lots of great ideas.
  • Business coaches and mentors who challenge me to a whole new level

So please, buy me no gifts – I want for nothing. It would thrill me if we could all walk the path of peace, love, and happiness. If we laid down our weapons, whether they were of metal or plastic, or sharp tongues. If we worked to get along. My father used to tell me he didn’t want anything for Christmas, and I just didn’t get it. Well, now I do.

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to all!

Laurie Battaglia

Laurie BattagliaA born connector, people magnet, gifted presenter, and calm, methodical coach, Laurie loves showing women who are going through the motions of life, wondering When will it be MY turn? the way to live their dreams. Like Joe, she has seen it all. Having spent 30+ years developing people in corporate environments while struggling to find meaning in a marriage that wasn’t working, Laurie discovered her own path to living the dream. Her ability to coach and develop high achieving women who feel overly responsible and burdened by life is her true passion and calling. If you have a hankering for something more in your life, you’re not alone or crazy. The life you deserve includes freedom, independence, and autonomy. With Laurie’s expertise, you can cultivate the life you’ve only dreamed of in record time.

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