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Appreciation

You’ve all probably got various parties and celebrations you’re attending this Christmas season.  Things are no different for me.  The weeks leading up to Christmas are a flurry of activities with shopping, baking, decorating, and socializing.  In fact, the partying continues even after Christmas at my house.  Today my family will be joining me and Husby for some holiday cheer and cozy chatter in front of the fireplace.

And a new year is right around the corner.  The flip of a calendar page can inspire better intentions and habits as well as reflection on the past year, what it has meant and how it has affected us.  One thing I like to reflect on is all of the good things bestowed upon me throughout the previous year, giving silent thanks for events and people who have encouraged me, taught me, inspired me, and just plain loved me.

Did I say “silent thanks?”  Well, for the most part, yes.  But this year I decided, as owner and CEO of Auntie B’s Wax, to express my gratitude to my roadie, tax man, and support staff with a special dinner.

Lucky for my funds all of those positions are held by one person, Husby.  The company treated for a nice dinner for just the two of us.  We enjoyed delicious food and refreshing libations while we chatted about our day, our lives together, and the future of Auntie B’s Wax.  I also expressed great thanks to my one and only employee, who works for nothing, for helping me grow a business.

Employee appreciation dinner will become a new tradition at Auntie B’s Wax.  Whether I have one employee who works for nothing or ten employees with salaries the company will treat for a year-end dinner.  I think that’s a capital idea and well-deserved to those he who helps make it all possible.

I’d also like to express appreciation to all of you who have supported my business with your purchases and encouragement.  Please help yourself to 15% off your entire purchase (excluding shipping) in my Etsy shop through January 13, 2012.  Just enter the coupon code THANKS when making your purchase.  You deserve it, because you are all so dang awesome!

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Wordless Wednesday

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My Blogs

When I discovered blogs I thought I was in heaven.  The internet is awesome!  There are so many people out there with so many things to say.  There are blogs about how to make stuff and how to buy stuff people made themselves.  There are blogs that make me laugh.  There are blogs that give me encouragement.  There are blogs that teach me a simpler way of living and feeling really lavish about it.

I’ve fallen behind on my reading lately just because my real life has been kind of busy and at times chaotic in recent weeks.  Ailments of family members, taking care of business, and Christmas preparations have filled my days since the beginning of November.  Not being able to read my blogs is like missing a life-long friend.

When I browsed my list of favorites and peeked into them for updates I immediately felt invigorated.  Looking into the lives of other people, even if they’re manufactured lives for the sake of readership, makes me think about how I want to live my own life.  I want to speed things up and I want to slow things down.  I want to adjust priorities and juggle business and leisure time with the expertise of a person who has her act completely together.

In short, catching up on my blogs is a great way to step into the new year.  I feel inspired and refreshed.  I’m not sure how long this feeling will last, but for now it feels great.

If you want to feel inspired and refreshed and maybe laugh a big, take a look at one, two, or all of the blogs I have listed in my sidebar under Inspiration and Entertainment.  Tell them Auntie B sent you.  Enjoy!

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The Day After

Christmas day has come and gone.  For some people that might be a relief, for others a day of mourning.  I hope those of you in the latter group know that the Twelve Days of Christmas are actually after Christmas, so party on.

I don’t have any pretty pictures or incredibly inspiring words to share today.  In fact I’m pretty blank.  There was a lot of hustle and bustle in the days preceding Christmas, and Christmas day was so exciting and fun and a very long day at that, so I’m pretty much just kicking back and basking in the afterglow.

I got a bunch of cool presents for Christmas and I’m happy to say I gave a few too.  It’s time to go through the gifts I received, one by one, and prepare the annual thank-you-note list and get busy writing those.  Do you send hand-written thank-you notes for gifts received?  I hope so, because I’m looking for some people to buy the blank note cards I’m adding to my shop in 2012.  I like writing a personal note and sending it in the mail more than sending e-mail thank-yous, especially when so much thought was given to the gift.  I also like getting nice notes in the mail ~ so refreshing when all I usually get is bills and junk mail.

For now I’m going to take advantage of a lazy day after much preparation and celebrating.  I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and have big plans for the upcoming new year.  Time to open a fresh page in a life you love and deserve!

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Make A Joyful Noise

One of the best things about Christmastime is the music.  Husby and I have been to two Christmas concerts this year.  The first was Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas.  It was such a relaxing and lovely concert featuring talented musicians and dancers honoring Celtic traditions.

The second is especially endearing as it features someone we know.  It used to feature two people we know but one of them graduated.  It’s the DeLaSalle Christmas concert ~ a majestic presentation by the choir, band, and orchestra of DeLaSalle High School.

I’m always so impressed with the talent of these young musicians. I’m equally impressed with the one man who takes charge of directing all three groups, the band, the choir, and the orchestra. He’s a man with a passion for music and getting young people excited about it, that’s for sure.

Every year they conclude the concert with a performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and invite anyone from the audience to join them to sing on stage to perform.  Some of them are alumni, some might be parents of the students who performed this piece at some point in their lives.  It’s a very impressive gathering, and they make a joyful noise.

This video was taken in 2008 when both of my most talented nephews, Paenney and Fojo, were in the band.  Three cheers for the baritone and saxophone and two guys who play them with gusto!

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