Summer is always a bittersweet time for me. I love summer, don’t get me wrong – the sun, the smells, the cicadas singing – I love it all. However in the midst of all things summery lies a bit of sadness as this time of year is when I miss my family the most. Summer is full of birthdays of those that are gone (today would be my brother’s 39th birthday), death anniversaries for when they left and wedding anniversaries of those that are widowed. It’s full of memories of my family when everyone was alive and we’d spend weeks at the beach, weekends camping and having fun at local festivals. While Christmas will probably always be the hardest day of the year for me (my Mom died on Christmas, my Grandmother the day after and the memories of family filled holidays are always bittersweet) it’s easily followed up by the long days of summer as the hardest time. I’ve never been one to brood but if there was a time for a brood to come on, today would be the start of a full-fledged brooding for the next two weeks when the most anniversaries hit all at once. Thankfully, one thing my Dad did leave me with the outlook on life that it’s too short to brood and when life hands you a batch of lemons, you make lemonade of course!!
I’ve always felt the best about myself, and life in general, when I give things away. I also feel better when I do a little shopping therapy. Who doesn’t??!? So today I’m going to start a series of giveaways for my awesome clients/readers!
Today’s giveaway is to my favorite store… AMAZON! If you know me, you will know that I’m a huge huge huge fan. HUGE. If I could order all my groceries through Amazon, I’d never leave the house to shop. You should see my house at Christmas. It’s insane. I think I single handedly keep my UPS man employed! To a random commenter I will give a $50 giftcard to shop away to their hearts content! Since I hate contests, I’ll be using random.org to choose the commenter #.
To enter, comment before tomorrow’s post goes up and tell me how you cope with stress and/or sadness? If you shop, is there a specific thing you buy???
Contest Closed!!! Today’s winner is Melissa!!!
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