Today we’ll be focusing on what you have control over when you’re with family for the holiday season and I’ll offer seven pretty frank and real-time tips on how to manage your own. We can all hear the same tips over and over about not forgetting to maintain good self-care, don’t eat every dessert you’re offered, and watch your pocketbook so January doesn’t arrive with a tremendous shock. Mine are a little different I hope – things that in the very moment you’re with family, will help you manage your own feelings.

This episode is sponsored by … I’ve found a book that I guarantee will make you laugh – even if, maybe especially if, you struggle with depression or anxiety. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.Listen in on how you can get your free copy!

The listener email today is from someone who loses her energy and her drive when she’s not terribly busy or in a relationship.

May you have a meaningful and peaceful holiday season.


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