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Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

Holiday Light Tour

I bear no resemblance to Scrooge, and while I think the Grinch is hilarious, I don’t fit into that category, either.  I love the traditions, rituals, and experiences I share with my family for the holidays.  However, I don’t always enjoy the constant commercials, gift ideas, and other marketing that come with the season.  As I said before, I love the traditions shared with family and friends, and over the years, I have learned and incorporated new traditions from all over the world.  As I have grown, learned, and shared with others, I have never felt like one tradition took away from my personal preferences or practices.  I have an appreciation for the beautiful, and sometimes, eclectic traditions of different groups and cultures.  I understand that everyone doesn’t agree on what is considered appropriate, but we have created a category of “others” that continues to strain communication and acceptance of differences.  I am not saying you must try to incorporate the rituals of others, but I do believe we should respect the differences without forcing opinions and judgments.  I am not saying censor your thoughts, but consider allowing people to be who they are, and enjoying their holiday traditions or nothing at all if they choose. 

Sledding in the snow

In the past month, as I have ventured into stores and experienced an increased risk of banging my legs and arms on decorations and merchandise as I enter the stores.  There is a sale weekly for something, and it is, sometimes, a marked-up item that has been reduced to the regular price.  It is difficult to avoid the clutter, even when purchasing gas at the corner store.  So, I had to think of some ways to reduce the stress of marketing overload and surviving the holidays.

  1. Be grateful for the memories I have created.  I have had some great holiday experiences, and some not so stellar celebrations.  However, I choose to focus on the positives.  So many people waste time focusing on the negatives and things that really don’t matter.  By focusing on good things, I stay in, generally, great spirits and I look for the positives.
  2. Make a list before entering the merchandise maze.  A list allows you to blur out the unnecessary and focus on why you came in the first place.  I am a work in progress, but I have done a better job of avoiding the items not on my list that will inevitably end up sitting in a corner somewhere unused.
  3. Be realistic in your giving efforts.  Try to give gifts within your means.  There is no requirement to hand out keys to a new car and a diamond encrusted watch.  What do I mean?  Well, many people are excited by the process of buying gifts for the people they care about only to feel the pressure of overspending for the next six months.  While I love handmade gifts, some people don’t.  So, develop a budget, and stick to it. 
  4. Don’t feel obligated to do what someone else does.  This includes holiday celebrations, gift giving, and any other thing we feel we must emulate.  Create your own celebrations, make your own memories, and just breathe.
  5. Try to enjoy the season for what you believe it is.  Whether you enjoy giving and getting gifts, engaging in spiritual practices, caroling, or going house to house for great food, be in the moment and create new memories.  Be kind!

I send everyone Season’s Greetings!

Keep on pushing,

Visionary Trailblazin’

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A Rural Paradise


Fish Bay

Road Town  Tortola

The British Virgin Island (BVI) presents an exciting mix of paradise with a country twist.  There you will find no box stores or franchises.  All the restaurants, shops, and local markets continue to be locally owned. There are new developments such as Pier Park, Sports Complex, and Maria’s by the Sea.  These local treasures began as a little idea, and they blossomed into beauty they are today.  Now, the focus of this story is specifically Road Town Tortola, BVI, which is by far, my favorite island escape.  The island provides a little of everything to entice its visitors and friends.


Pier Park, Tortola BVI

Adventure Awaits

For the adventurer, Sage Mountain National Park offers a walking trail that shows off the exotic beauty hidden in the wilderness of the tallest point in the British Virgin Islands.  There is a wonderful hiking trail that leads to spectacular views of Jost Van Dye, the US Virgin Islands, Peter Islands, and other views in the Virgin Islands chain.  If you get a chance a trek on this trail, make sure to take pictures of the spectacular vegetation and views from the top.

Arts, Crafts, and Keepsakes

If you are interested in local arts and crafts, visit the colorful, Crafts Alive Village.  Here you will find local artists’ work, beautiful jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs to share.  The local artisans offer welcoming attitudes and plenty of conversation to keep you coming back.  Here there is no pressure to buy but be reminded this is how they feed their families.  Most shops are open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

If you’re hungry, head across the street to the Pusser’s Outpost for delicious food and Pusser’s World famous British rum.  When I traveled with my family to Tortola, we ordered a corn dog was so huge it required a stand to hold it up.   After sampling Pusser’s British Rum, I woke up two days later contemplating the meaning of life.  Just kidding, but the rum will sneak up on you.


Road Town, Tortola offers a nice mixture of sun, fun, food, and shopping with beautiful Trade wind breezes.  You can create a vacation of your dreams with short island tours, nightlife, and local cuisine to whet your pallet.  Listen to a little soca, calypso, reggae, and dancehall to get your blood pumping and your body moving.




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Slaney Point, Tortola BVI

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The Journey Begins

Greetings dear readers!

Over time, I have learned that the biggest fears, often keep us from stepping out and taking the first shot.  So, here is me not allowing fear to prevent me from sharing, learning, and growing with you.  I love to write, but for years, I have been my own worst critic, defeating myself before the words hit the paper. “What if no one likes it?” Well, there will always be someone with a critique.  Fortunately, there will also be many more who relate and appreciate the effort.  This blog is a mixture of a few things.  I want to share my little journey with you.  I love life, traveling, and trying something new.  I encourage each reader to be okay with your YOU and to be willing to learn from each other.


Visionary Trailblazin’

black car on hi way with fog
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