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.

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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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