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The lights on the houses are pretty and I do like the holiday decorations in my home but, I can not handle the overwhelming sense of tiredness I am feeling today.

I have been moving forward at a good clip this past year.  I did some traveling.  Made some new friends.  Gained followers on my blog.

In addition as a widow, I continue to be the only parent for my two sons who are now home from school.  I teach Kindergarten full time.  I maintain and run the household which recently included another infestation of squirrels and purchasing a brand new boiler.

Add to that the shorter, colder days.  The stress of buying presents and planning celebrations with others.  Going to parties and rushing around after work.  Oh, and did I mention I just joined a gym because my last annual visit to the doctor showed I needed to make some positive changes in my lifestyle, like exercise?

No wonder I am exhausted.

I would really like to just curl up in bed, in a dark room with my puppy and take a long winter’s nap.

Well, this is a short post –  all the time I have for today. I need to take Harry for his walk, mail out the 19 Christmas cards I decided to do at the last minute, put on my pajamas for Kindergarten (It is pajama day) and of course an ugly sweater for the staff breakfast.

I just wanted to thank you all for reading.  I have been nominated for 2 awards this past week.  One as a travel blogger and one as a widow blogger.
Widow Blogs

That made me feel really good and I hope that my writing is hopeful and healing for others as it has been for me.  If you have any tips for extra energy this time of year, please comment below.


At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

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14 Responses

  1. Dianne says:

    Take time to breathe Kristin…you’re doing great and congrats on your awards!!

  2. Lucy Juhasz says:

    Positive thinking: starting today the days are getting longer!

  3. John Meyer says:

    You are doing great. Congratulations on the award nominations! Exercise is good. Make it fun with long walks along the beach, through Manhattan, etc. And eat some good protein, bananas, and apples. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and quality time with your sons. ; )

  4. cedar51 says:

    I think the doctor is on track – not just a bit more exercise, but a big look at various aspect of your life…I know it’s still raw and hard; but maybe it is time to consider the “whole of you” – spreading out stuff, giving up stuff, doing things just for you…

    Right at the end of your short story, you have mentioned “cards to be sent” – that is one thing you could consider ditching (unless you’ve stock/shares in a card company) – think of what else you could do instead, cards through the year to people you care about (spread it out) – we get so hangup on traditional notions… funny really because the world has changed quite dramatically in a very short time.

    Recently I was grounded so to speak as I had have minor surgery on my midriff/torso – I took that time to really look at what has been happening this year, or not happening as it turns out.- and why?

    And then I changed completely this period of time…even though I have a standing invite to celebrate, I’ve said “no” – when asked what I was going to do, I said “something different…”

  5. Mir says:

    Nap, sweetie, nap! A day of nothing in pajamas (at home) is perfectly okay once in a while….❤️

  6. Tara says:

    Congratulations on your awards! You’re awesome!!!! One step at a time and don’t forget to take time for yourself every now and then. ALSO – remember you have a whole tribe who are always here for you! We at the Beach stick together and can always be counted on. Just send up the smoke signals and I’m sure we’ll come running! 😃❤️

  7. Leslie says:

    Wow!! Kristen you should be so proud of your award nominations! I remember when you began writing! Look how far you have come! I am always here for Aerial Yoga and more! XO

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