Traffic, last minute shopping with all the rush and little to no parking spots left you would swear its weekend rush. I am not running late with gifts this year but unluckily for me I had one more gift to buy and was caught in all the hassle today.

All the lights, music, food and decorations everyone loves this season it either has a meaning to some or it traditions brings happiness in lives. Christmas movies, children looking forward to seeing Santa in malls and making a wish list for Christmas morning is something that’s a beauty to see. Schools are closed for children in my little island of Trinidad and so many take this opportunity to take time with their little ones, some even get them involved in all the preparation. It was like this when I was young, I found myself helping with all the decorations, cleaning, painting, volunteering and heading Christmas events. All these moments became traditions that has passed along from generation to generation.

Now as a adult I still heavily participate in all the Christmas activities and appreciate this season more than anything. I also have to take a moment and be appreciative as so many do not have that privilege or cannot celebrate this season the same way . Many have lost a loved one, some are without jobs or unable to celebrate with a family member or partner because of distance. This can take a toll and can easily set a tone for a season.

My only wish for Christmas is that everyone finds happiness in everything and keep each moment special this season. Make traditions if you don’t have, smile at a stranger, play Christmas music even if its for 10 minutes, give a meal to the homeless or just relax. Whatever is planned I hope everyone find a little peace, joy and happiness. In the beauty of this season.

flower-roses-red-roses-bloom Each day is a blessing to truly appreciate the beauty of this life. This year I learned to appreciate each moment. This happened when I almost had no moments left. One accident changed my life when I was at rock bottom. My world was surrounded by trying to get back to my routine not knowing this routine was killing me slowly. Change is never easy and starting over was my biggest fear. But when your biggest fear watches you straight in the face sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise for the best. We are given choices in life and I always believe what we choose determines our life path and future. Growth takes trust that the universe will work everything out for the best no matter how difficult it may seem at the present moment. Each moment is a blessing to grow, love and build a deep awareness of self and truly learn to appreciate each moment in this life. This year was a tough one,it built me and broke me. In the end I learned some hard lessons, had some tough changes and faced some of my fears.  Now I will be able to say to anyone who may feel they lost a part themselves  or cannot deal with changes to embrace the moments and know there is  always an end and sometimes we have to face these difficult moments to truly appreciate life in the present moment.