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I am a very impatient person at times. In fact, I often resemble a child at Christmas who cannot wait for Christmas morning, and tear through the wrapping paper to unveil my presents. I’m not sure how I got this way and I know I’m not alone in constantly looking ahead to that point of accomplishment, only to forget to enjoy the journey. 

Like clockwork, we follow a schedule of holiday parties or Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities each year. Family, friends, and the traditions we look forward to can be comforting during the holidays. But when a divorce happens, those traditions can change drastically. 

It’s that time of year when we all start shopping for Christmas presents for family and friends. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on the relationships we have and give selflessly to those we love. I really like this time of year, but as of last year, I had to set a concrete budget. I don’t have the kind of income I once did as a married woman. Now, on a single income, I have to watch what I spend and be OK with not overdoing the gift giving.

Thanksgiving. Does it have a different meaning for everyone? Does everyone give thanks on this holiday? I would bet not, although I wish that was not true. What I do think is that it is important to recognize what you are thankful for in your life every day, not just on Thanksgiving. Everyone has problems; everyone has something in their life they wish they could change. Maybe we should just seek out at least one good thing in our lives and be thankful for it, EVERY DAY!

A year and a half has gone by since my decision to venture out on my own and build a new life. Throughout the journey, I have learned so much about who I am on the inside, and who I desire to be for my son, family, friends, and my career. Naturally, this inward reflection prompted me to look at my outward appearance and uncover what this new woman should look like.

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