Holiday · mini-post · mini-series

Let There Be Peace.

Onto our 3rd {Trite} Holiday Blessing…

Challenge Accepted.

And it is rather fitting that I take this one on–as it happens to be the theme of my Christmas tree this year. 

Current view: 

Christmas tree aside, the word ‘PEACE’ brings so many things to mind. 

Of course, my first instinct is to throw up the two-finger ‘deuces‘. But having attended catholic school for 3/4 of my life, it is second nature to think of “Peace be with you,” – a part of mass where the priest holds up his hands and says this to the congregation for which their response would be: “And also with you.” Until a few years ago when they decided to change it to “And with your spirit,” messing up all of the holiday church-going folks, or ‘Chreasters‘ as Urban Dictionary likes to to call them/us. (Gasp!) 

I’m still not really sure why and it gets me every.single.time. That being said, if you catch me in a pew on any given (holiday) Sunday, don’t even look at me during the Nicene Creed. Just don’t. 

Sorry God; I have good intentions. I promise.

If you aren’t Catholic (or have never been to a Catholic mass) and have absolutely no clue what I am talking about, just disregard all that. 

Moving right along . . . 

I spent my holiday writing hiatus recovering from the “Magic” that was Disney and Christmas and everything in between. But I am back in action this week. We made it through another year of Santa coming down the chimney, holiday party after party after party, and practicing the “I love it” look for gifts we receive that we don’t actually love. (I mean, I would never.)  

Congrats, we did it!

That’s right, this week we get to experience the peace of knowing we don’t have anymore Christmas gifts to buy (or wrap!) and the satisfaction of knowing we made someone’s Christmas a little more special by giving back. Oh, and there’s the anticipation of a new year on the horizon – the chance to start again in 2017 because 2016 was quite a doozy (Betty White, you better hang on sister!). 

You with me? 

Peace be with you.

That being said, there is some new magic happening in my life in the form of a book. And it is life changing. Therefore, I must share it with you (duh).

Of course, there is colorful language involved (sorry, Mom). But for her sake, I will try my best to say “care” and my colorful-language-loving friends can replace the word “care” with “GAF” (And also with you). If you have no clue what “GAF” means, chances are good you should stick with “care” (And with your spirit).

In my on-going effort to find inner peace, I have been struggling to figure out how to not care so much about what other people think and feel or what they think or feel about me and my choices – without being an utter asshole, or at the very least without coming across as selfish.  


Let’s just say I care WAY too much and it is exhausting. At 32, (well 33-in a few days) I vow to make a change before it’s too late. 

Side Note: My husband already has this talent. A talent that I have envied for quite some time. He’s a super nice guy with lots of friends AND he doesn’t care. I have spent over a decade asking him how the hell he does it, and I may have finally found my answer. 

A little book has changed my life, and it is currently available on Amazon Kindle for $1.99. If you are anything like me and need a little (ok, A LOT of) inner peace right about now or want to peace the hell out of anything that doesn’t work for you, just read it. (Prerequisite: you must be more than okay with the F-word.) 

Here’s one of my favorite (magical) excerpts:

Interesting quote from the book I’m reading:

Totally offended? 

Maybe this book is not for you. 

Not sure what ‘masticated’ means? Here ya go…

1: to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth : chew

2: to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading

Love it? Need it? Want it?

You’re welcome. 

Even if you choose not to read the book (here’s me not caring, BTW!), I challenge you to do at least one of the following:

  • Say no to something you really don’t feel like doing today. 
  • Do something that makes YOU happy, no matter what anyone thinks about it. 
  • Holding a grudge? Let it go. Forgive someone for your own PEACE of mind. 
  • Worried about something? Take a deep breath and put it in God’s hands. 

All of these things are easier said than done, I know. But life is short. 

If you can’t handle any of the above, I suggest buying a bottle of wine…or vodka. Stay home (preferably alone) and hide your keys. 

Ahhh, there it is…Peace (AND Quiet). 

It’s time to live your best life (and that life should be peaceful AF). 

“Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”

And you…


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