Messy Holidays

The holidays are always a mess, aren’t they?

Sometimes they are the good kind of mess, like my family is. Lots of people, lots of children, everyone’s screaming over toys and food. It’s a headache in some respects, but in most respects it is a time that I thoroughly look forward to every year. 

Sometimes it’s funny how excited I am to get all of these wonderful gifts, and then I come home with a pile of amazing gadgets and toys and I stare helpless at this pile of stuff wondering where to put everything. Does anyone else deal with that??

Anyway, so in my case the holidays are a happy mess. I also acknowledge that in many families – many more than I would care to admit – the mess is not quite so happy. It’s a mess of negativity, forced interactions, and re-opening old wounds. A mess that truly saddens me that so many people all over the world have to face every holiday season.

So in light of my happy mess, social and familial obligations, and just trying to de-stress myself, I feel that some Please Live stuff has been slipping as a result. I just want to let you guys know that my happy mess is only a tiny itty bitty derailment and that our mission will come back with a vengeance after the new year begins. 

In the meantime, if you are faced with a not-so-happy mess, I want to remind you that there are people who love and care for you. Your family might not be the best support system, but there is a support system out there ready to help. They’re just a phone call, or a chat message, away. 

If you are in emotional distress of any sort, call 1-800-273-TALK to speak to someone. It is confidential, free, and available 24/7.

Or, chat online with a crisis counselor at

I truly hope your holidays were a happy mess 🙂