A survival guide… doesn’t exist

Everywhere we look, there is pressure to do this or do that or make this and buy that. So much pressure to have a certain kind of experience and the not-so-subtle assertion that anything different is somehow ‘less’. If we don’t do it a certain way, we’ve failed.
F that.

Sometimes it takes all the energy we have just to ‘get through’ one moment and find the next. Sometimes surviving the holidays means moving from the bed to the couch and back again, or forcing yourself to stand in a hot shower, or bingeing on netflix and putting your phone on do-not-disturb.

Sometimes self care looks a lot like hibernation… and that’s not a fail, it’s a win.
If all you did this week is stare glassy-eyed at the tv for a marathon of your all time *fave show, it’s enough. If your sink filled up with coffee cups and you ate the same three things all week, who cares? If you replied to a few text messages at the end of the day and thanked those who checked on you, gurrrrl it is enough.
There is no rule book for life and certainly no survival guide for the holidays. There is no exact recipe for self care… it’s more of a make-it-up-as-you-go type of cake.
Do what you can. And when you get so tired you can’t do anymore, rest and know that it is enough.
You’ve done enough.
You ARE enough.
*Good news: Harvey and Donna FINALLY ended up together and they’re sooooo cute. I found myself smiling at the tv… a lot! That’s the absolute best part of my week. It feels like the world is right again.
Holidays can be rough.
Grief is brutal.
Survival is impossibly hard.
But you CAN do it… one tiny little moment at a time.

 

 

 

 

You are Enough. Totally enough

 

Through her vulnerability and a generous dose of honesty and humor, Holly Chamberlain encourages and empowers others to find joy in every moment… even the impossible ones.

Holly is Regional Sales Director for a global pharmaceutical company and Founder of The aMasongrace Project, a suicide prevention organization. She is an advocate, speaker, and blogger. Her widely-read blog, “It’s Just Me” chronicled her journey of surviving suicide loss. Her latest endeavor, “Totally Enough,” is focused on empowering women of all ages to recognize their unique value, to walk in abundance, and to rest in the knowledge that they are already enough. As is.

Please enter your email address to follow the blog.

You are invited join the conversation. Please comment on the blog and share the post with your social circles.

5 Comments
  • Amy Wadhwani
    Posted at 11:45h, 26 December Reply

    Perfectly said. I love that you give yourself and others permission and grace to do and be what you and they need,, when it’s needed most. To know that it IS enough and that you ARE enough no matter how you need to do things especially during the holidays-is everything. Your wisdom and strength is contagious and absolutely empowers and arms those who need to hear these words most. I adore you and think you’re awesome. ❤️

    • Holly Chamberlain
      Posted at 12:37h, 26 December Reply

      Thanks, Amy. I adore you too. Thanks for checking on me throughout the week… and using my own words to comfort me. 🙂

  • Stefanie Hatfield
    Posted at 12:26h, 26 December Reply

    Your words, as always, are profound and healing and just right❤️

  • Leigh croxford
    Posted at 20:43h, 26 December Reply

    Thinking of you as I often do Holly, & sending love. Please also give my love to Sarah, wherever she may be, Leigh xx

Post A Comment