Come As You Are

Yesterday I had this wave of anxiety rush over me quite unlike anything I've ever felt.  I'm not at all an anxious person (at least not in my adult life), so this sudden shock of paralyzing emotion as I was walking to meet friends at a coffee shop in Belgrade led me to the edge of panic.  I began to question everything I was doing-recent decisions, my financial situation and where I want to end up at the end of this year.

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My Top 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I've spent 29 of my 33 years in New England, so I know all about the Winter Blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  The struggle is real, especially once the holidays end and the promise of sun kissed skin seems an eternity away. The winters in the New England (and obviously other parts of the world- hello Arctic Circle!) are Long.  Dark. Cold.  Dreary.  As a child I loved the winter- sledding, skiing, building snow people, sipping hot cocoa and then heading back outside to frolic in the snow.  Then I grew older, started adulting and forgot the importance of play. My tolerance for winter and my mood dipped with the temperature.

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