Just a sweet, simple reminder and acknowledgement for all of us who are visiting our families this week:
Families are complicated.
Even in the good ones.
So love them as best you can, but be sure to tend to your boundaries.
For those of you who are visiting people who have abused, betrayed, abandoned, robbed, manipulated, misunderstood, or broken you...
I am right there with you.
You are not alone. Not really.
Love yourself. Do not allow anyone to steal your joy, to knock you off your center, or to leave you feeling like you are less than the beautiful gift to the world that you are.
But if that happens, don't despair. Remember that the truth about you remains constant even when confronted by people who choose to see you as less, flawed, rebellious, unfit, weird, infuriating, confused, failing, stupid, foolish, or just all around not enough.
Live your truth. Love yourself. And if worse comes to worse; bless them with all the love you can muster, conjure up all the peace you can, and then the heck get out of there.
Anyone who needs a little pick me up after the festivities can contact me for a hearty pep talk. I'm good at that. (Contact info is on the contact page.)
I might need one, too.
Here's hoping we all have have unexpectedly beautiful Thanksgivings!
P.S. This is really me talking to myself. I've got the holiday jitters. ;)
Anna Turner is the woman behind Little Hearth. She's an ordained interfaith minister, a writer, a believer in purposeful living and healing, a perpetual student, and a full time feminist mother.