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Lovely.  Absolutely lovely.

Going Topless for Christmas

Before anyone gets their tinsel in a bunch, please allow me to explain. As is my way, I will sidetrack a bit but just hold your reindeer. I’ll get to the topless part in a moment.

The evening began with my taking my daughter out for a quick tour around the neighborhood to check out the Christmas lights. It’s one of our little holiday traditions that makes the boys run the other direction. No worries. We are fine being two single babes scoping out the holiday hood.

Well we were driving merrily around until I heard my five-year old shriek “JESUS!!!!” Needless to say I was more than a bit horrified to hear my little girl take the Lord’s name in vain with such force. I hit the brakes and turned around to have a serious talk with her. And of course at that point I noticed the nativity scene out the window. Ah yes. That Jesus. Bad parenting crisis #5,324,112 averted. So we finished the tour and headed back home to start decorating the inside of the house.

My husband had already retrieved the tree and holiday decorations from the attics. (There are three of them, but don’t be impressed. These attics are ridiculously dinky and therefore force us to create intricate mazes of boxes that only Stanley Kubrick could appreciate. Seriously – who are the goofballs who designed this house? That would be my husband and me. Way to go us.)

Correction – I had adamantly insisted on getting the stuff down myself because I HAD to have it right at that moment, dropped (and smashed) a mini tree (that weighed 40 lbs) on his hand and then the garage floor, subsequently realized that I wasn’t strong enough to move (let alone lift) the majority of the boxes, and proceeded to watch my husband handle the rest with an almost broken hand. Fail. Ah yes the holidays are officially here at the MoJo house!

Well I moved all ten thousand garland and ornament boxes inside the house and started to assemble the tree. We don’t have a real tree (but oh how I love them!) as my track record with live trees is questionable at best. I’m not sure how you can kill a tree that is already on its way off the planet, but it’s a magical talent I have. I have officially confirmed that rotten pine is a smell that is indescribably sad and seriously stanky.  True and still unfathomable as to how I got the former tree(s) in such a state.

Consequently for the past few years, we have had a couple of lovely fake trees. They weigh a zillion pounds so they typically come in multiple sections. I put the two large sections together and noticed that the top of the tree was nowhere to be found. And this is where we get to the topless part of the show. What were YOU thinking I meant???

So I proceeded to spend the next hour and a half turning the house upside down looking for this little section of the tree. Eventually I recruited my husband and kids to assist in the hunt. We scoured the attics, trunks, closets, garage, Christmas boxes and anything that was standing still. And then we did it again. It took up the whole evening and soon it was time to put the monkeys to bed. Poor babies but they were really good sports about it all.

I came downstairs to find my husband entering the house after yet another tour of the garage. Still no luck. Sigh. For some crazy reason, he decided to check out the top of the highest assembled section of the tree to see how much was missing. And that would be the moment when he reached up and unfolded the top section of the tree that was actually already attached to the tree. Ah yes. That top section. And the magic just goes on and on. So in the end it turned out that our tree would not be going topless for Christmas after all.

Needless to say I have learned at least two things from this little event. One – it is best to check the entire tree before sending your family on a wild goose chase. Two – if you search for images of topless trees on Google, you will find topless but there will be no trees in sight. My retinas are still burning.

As I have told many of those who know me well, I could build you a television with my bare hands, but I probably couldn’t turn it on. What can I say? I would like to tell you that it is part of my quirky charm. My husband would probably have a few other adjectives to add, but he will need to create his own blog for that. So hopefully my brain is on its way back from vacation, and this is the last shining moment of holiday awesomeness I will have to deal with. And to that, I am certain God is saying “Ho Ho Ho!!!” ;)

It’s Alive!!!

The very first thing I need to say is yes I am very much okay and absolutely alive!  :)  Next I need to tell you how much I completely love each of you who emailed, called and sent notes checking to verify the status of said okay-ness and alive-ity. I have very much missed you, too.  And last but by no means least, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  For those of you who participated in Thanksgiving festivities, I hope you survived your families and cooking with style.  Now let the shopping on Amazon begin (or wherever you feel the need to brave in person)!

So where have I been?  Well I’ll spare you the snoozy details and just summarize it with the following.  Kids, life, and a new deal at work have been consuming my time like a rat on a cheeto.  It’s all good stuff but I have noticed that my health (and sanity) seem to have taken an early Christmas holiday.  I was hurting a fair amount this evening and realized how disconnected I had become.  Of course I had been missing blogging and bloggers (yeah I’m talking about you!), but I think I had forgotten how much I get from an energetic standpoint whenever I write posts and read the amazing stuff you guys (and gals!) write.

Energetic standpoint – say what?  Well to put it mildly, I mean that I feel better.  Speaking a little more honestly, I mean that I sense a very direct connection with my guidance when I sit down and start pecking away on this keyboard.  It is freeing on every level.  I can breathe, relax, and stop mentally making lists of stuff to do over the coming day.  Nice.

So I plan on finding time for this again.  I have missed you and I have missed feeling connected.  I’m alive and it is so on again baby!  xoxo  Joanna  ;)

Mother Teresa’s Paradox

Photo Credit: Time Magazine

“I have found the paradox; that if you love until it hurts there can be no more hurt, only more love.”  – Mother Teresa

One Step Closer


Yes You Can

Photo Credit: New York Times

I’m baaaaack!!!  It has been a wild and crazy nonstop couple of weeks so I have been hitting the wordpress snooze button repeatedly.  You know how it goes when life kicks into high gear.  It was one of those “and I thought I was busy before” kinda months.  But now I see the light and am heading toward it.  Wait up Carol Anne!

Now to the actual post…

So a few days ago, I attended a mini marathon held at our kids’ elementary school.  Although there were mixed reviews about the setup of the fundraiser, I can say that the kids appeared to have fun during the actual event.  They received pledges based on the number of laps they ran/walked so of course the school was all about max-ing out the number of laps per kid (overall I think it was about a mile broken out into 35 laps).  And I can tell you firsthand that a mile is a fair distance to run for a teeny (or me).

Well as you know, I am quite the shy gal (like Alec Baldwin or Lady Gaga – but in intuitive soccer mom style).  Given that element of my persona, I knew a bunch of the kids sweating it to the newbies.  These poor babies were determined to keep going, but they would get so worn out.  I would cheer for the kids I knew by name as they trotted by.  And then I cheered as they walked by.  And then I cheered as the trudged by.  But I noticed something funny each time.

Regardless of their walking or trudging approach, they would hear my cheer, smile, and start jogging again.  Keep in mind that all I was saying was “You are doing awesome!” or “I am so proud of you!”  I never said “Keep running!” or “Get going kid!”  It was just an affirmation that they were doing a great job just as they were.  But it mattered each time.  It was so interesting to me.

So I started to do the same thing to the kids I didn’t know.  And lo and behold, it had the same result.  To me, this was quite profound.

Sometimes we just need someone to remind us how wonderful we are so we can get back on track and find our energy and joy again.  How simple but how completely beautiful.

So today, I want YOU to know that you truly are awesome and that I am so proud of you!  Keep being your beautiful and amazing self!  My world is a better place because you are part of it.  Thank you for being such a wonderful person.  Thank you for being exactly who you are.  :)

Lots of love always.  Joanna (aka MoJo)  ;)

Change is Coming

In my neck of the south Texas woods, we don’t have seasons as much as we have blazing hot summer and summer light.  Although I would love to have real seasons, I guess it’s probably just as well as I would seriously fail at the whole driveway snow shovelin’ bit.  I can barely make it to the curb in time to take out the trash (and thus my sweet (and less lazy) husband typically does it).

Nevertheless you can still feel that shift in seasons happening around you.  The humidity drops from 150% to a mere 99%, the days fall to a brisk 90 degrees, and the moon gets its harvest chic look kickin’.  I love it all.

But this fall, I sense something more.  It is this indescribable feeling that tremendous changes are right around the corner for my own world.  As I watch the leaves change from really green to kinda green (that’s about all we get here in south Texas so please send pics if you have leaves worthy of the season), I can’t shake this knowing that several really big somethings are on the way – and it’s not just Santa Claus (although I have heard that he is comin’ to town).

I am accustomed to telling others about the good possibilities I see in their worlds during our energy sessions, so it’s fun to give myself the same benefit.  It’s also nice to enjoy life now while feeling excited about the wonderful experiences to come.  With that said, I have felt a bit overwhelmed lately given all the events converging at once.  Please cut me a break if my wit appears to be circling the drain.  Hopefully it will migrate back once winter hits!

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