“Don’t You Forget About Me”

And just like that, my staycation is over and I’m back at work. And life seems to be back to where it was before the staycation as well. As for me? I’m pushing myself to remember the girl that I had forgotten about until that time alone. I’m being diligent about not letting that girl go so far away again. And I don’t want to forget that amazing time of writing like I used to, of feeling sure of myself, of truly letting the “real me” shine through.

Life is a funny, wonderful, crazy thing. We live it in our day to day routines, not noticing much until we’re given the time to notice, to remember, to be who we are. And I won’t give that up.

We spend so much time doing the same things every day that we forget to take the time and “make” the time to notice the people in our lives, the beauty that surrounds us, and more importantly, we forget about ourselves. We forget why we’re here. We forget who we are. We forget to love ourselves.

Yes, my staycation is over. Yes, I’m back at work. Yes, my old life seems to be creeping into the life that I found during that short period of time.

But I’m not going to forget how I felt, what I learned, and what I want to do from here on in.

My staycation changed me yet it brought out the best in me.

I found myself.

And I’m not going to let that girl go again.

Pay attention, my loves, to the world and the life that surrounds you.

More importantly, pay attention to “you,” because you are amazing and “you” have the ability to change the world.

We got this!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“My Mom and Me”

It’s the day after Christmas and I’ve taken the day off from cooking, baking and all other holiday tasks and relaxed. I missed having my children home but I did make a beautiful Christmas dinner for my parents and spent time with them, yet it’s my mom that is in my mind today.

My mom and I have had a strained relationship most of my life yet as she gets older and I get older, I believe that we have a newfound respect for one another. I love my mom and always felt that I never measured up, never pleased her, and never made her proud. Yet I’ve learned to understand her and take into account the life she lived as a child and as she became a mom.

That’s the thing as our parents get older, we see things differently and begin to understand them in a whole new way. I needed to find forgiveness for the mistakes that my mom made because I’ve made mistakes of my own. I needed to understand that my mom was young once with her own heartache from losing her dad at the age of 7 and being raised by a single mom. And I needed to know and accept that she did the best that she could, because she really did try to do her best and she still does.

And I understand all of that now because I’m a mom who has tried to do the best she could, mistakes and all. I understand my mom now because I’m a mom and because I realized that she was also a person who was trying to live her life the best that she could.

This Christmas I may have been missing my children yet I also realized that in time I’ll be missing my mom, and I don’t want to miss any chance of that time we have together.

I love these pictures that were taken of my mom and I on Christmas night. We laughed a lot and I am so grateful for the time we spent together last night. Apologies to my dad for no pictures but this was all about my mom and me.

Moments we spend with those we love are meant to be treasured and I am holding the memories of last night tight in my heart.

I am grateful to have spent Christmas night with my parents, especially with my mom.

Life is precious. Embrace it. Love one another. And please, be kind.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Twas The Morning Of Christmas”

I post this every year on Christmas Eve. The pups are no longer with me and the children are grown and living all over the country, yet it is a beautiful reminder to me of all the precious memories I hold dear in my heart. I’m missing them this year but we’re living in some precarious times right now. I know that I’m not the only one missing someone.

Today I sit in gratitude for all of those beautiful “Christmas pasts,” for the gift of being here for another “Christmas present,” and for all of my loved ones that aren’t here that left me with their love, laughter and memories.

Merry Christmas Eve, my loves.

Let yourself feel the joy of this holiday season.

Enjoy my poem.

Love you all!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Christmas Plans Have Changed”

And just like that, my Christmas plans have changed. None of my children will be home as we had all planned, thanks to a tricky virus that seems to be running rampant lately. I’m disappointed but have to be honest in telling you that I was beginning to worry about two of them flying right now and one is getting over having this little bug.

I’m sad that they won’t be home. It’s the first Christmas I’ve ever spent without even two of them home. 

This was supposed to be my “Christmas Miracle,” having them all together with me again but the Universe had other plans and I understand that. Still, it would have been the greatest gift for me to be together with all of them.

And I truly believe that Christmas lives within our hearts, remembering the memories of Christmas past and making memories of Christmas “present.” Whether we’re together or apart, my children will always be the Christmas that lives in my heart. 

This “staycation” has certainly been good for me because if I hadn’t had this time to myself I probably would have been more upset and sad about it all week. And I haven’t been. I’m glad they made decisions in their best interest and in my parents and in mine.

Christmas will be quiet, as was Thanksgiving, but I’m grateful to have another one. I’m grateful that I had this “staycation.” I’m grateful for the peace I’ve found this week.

And I’m grateful for all of you. 

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Life Is What You Make It”

“Life is what you make it, so make it amazing.”

I’ve had a week off from work and been alone, so what did I do with my life? I made it amazing.

I’ve caught up with friends, started the rewrite of a book and had some much needed alone time. And you know what that has done for me? It made me take a long, hard look at my life.

And that look made me see that there are things that need to be changed, things that need to end, and things that need to be given a chance to grow.

I have so loved this “staycation” of mine and am grateful for each day of it. I hadn’t realized how much I needed it.

And I’m grateful.

I’m feeling so much peace, happiness and joy. I forgot what that was like and now I remember and I’m determined to never forget those feelings again.

My loves, I ask you to find your own “staycation,” to find your peace, happiness and joy. I want you to remember those feelings of how that amazing life felt. You deserve it!

And I know that it’s inside of you just waiting to be found again.

Make your life amazing!

Because it already is.

You just have to see it.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“December…A Time Of Reflection”

December is always a time for me to reflect on the year that’s about to end. I think about what worked and what didn’t, what was worth the effort and what wasn’t, and most importantly, I think about what I’ve learned about myself.

I take all these thoughts and put them into my “New Year Revelations,” because I don’t believe in “resolutions.” “Revelations” invoke change in us because we’ve learned lessons that we don’t want to forget.“

Resolutions” are promises we make to ourselves that most often get lost midway through January.So I’m gathering up my thoughts and writing them on paper. They will become my “New Year Revelations.”

And I’m looking forward to taking them all into 2022 with me.

How about you?

Forget making resolutions, think about your revelations of this year.

This chapter is almost done.What do you want the next one to look like?

Whatever it is, make it amazing!

I know that you can!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“It Really Is A Wonderful Life”

You’re here for a reason. You woke up today for a reason. You’re alive for a reason.

Have you ever seen the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life?” If you haven’t, you should. And if you have then you should watch it again.

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” said Clarence the Angel.

You’re here and if you weren’t, life would be completely different. It would be different for everyone. Your existence matters and you’re here for a reason.

Your life touches each and every single life that you’ve met along the way and if you weren’t here, the journey of those people would have been different.

Think about that.Your life has made an impact on each and every life you have met along the way.

You’re here for a reason.

You woke up today for a reason.

You’re alive for a reason.

Think about that.

Be grateful.

And take that “wonderful life” of yours and make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of each and every life you touch.

And you’ve touched the lives of many.

Including mine.

Wishing you love, light and a wonderful life,

~Anne Dennish~

“Believe”

My favorite word these days is “believe.” It could be that it’s because it’s the holiday season or that the word seems to be splashed everywhere. Yet I don’t think so. I’m a dreamer and I believe that everything and anything is possible if we believe in it with all of our heart.

And I do.I believe that each of us has the ability to change the life of another.

I believe that kindness can heal the world.I believe that we can change someone’s life by sharing our stories of tragedy to triumph.

I believe that there’s good in everyone but not everyone sees that in themselves.I believe that positive words and actions are important.

I believe that a positive outlook can dampen a negative one.

I believe that if we have faith in ourselves we can achieve our goals.

I believe that dreams do come true and that there’s a dreamer in all of us.

I believe in magic.

I believe in “me.”

And I believe in all of you.

Here’s to the dreamers and the believers. You got this!

But first you must “believe!”

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“A Simple Act of Kindness”

I helped an older gentleman at my job today. He gave me three bottles of perfume. I told him that it wasn’t necessary but he insisted. I thanked him and he said to me, “I wanted to give you something because you have been so kind to me. And I thank you for that.”

My heart melted.

And I thought, “How often do we tell someone that they’re kind?” We may thank someone for doing something kind for us, but do we actually thank them for being kind? I’ll tell you, that man made my day. I didn’t need the perfume. But I guess I needed to hear that I was kind.

Thank you, sir. You gave this writer something to think about.And write about.Such a simple act of kindness with a very big impact.

Let’s keep spreading kindness and start acknowledging that kindness in others.

Thank you to all of you who support me in such a beautiful way.

You are kind.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

Let The “Staycation” Begin

I left work at 4 pm on Friday knowing that I would be off the entire next week. Can I tell you how excited I am? I’m very excited. It’s more than the week before Christmas, it’s a week of taking time for myself and deciding what I’m doing next in my life.

Friday was the first day of my “staycation” and a perfect one at that! A walk to Asbury Park, dinner in an “igloo” and a walk home on the beach. The streets were aglow in Christmas lights and it was almost a “full moon!” I couldn’t have planned it any better or expected any more! It was a night of great food, good company and most importantly, love and laughs! It was the perfect way to begin my “staycation.”

Saturday held many interesting twists and turns but it turned out to be a wonderful night, having dinner with two good friends. So far this “staycation” is turning into an amazing time.

It’s Sunday night, the house is quiet and I’m all by myself. I spent the day doing “me” and it felt pretty good because I spent so much time on everyone else.

I thought about a lot of things today and realized that I haven’t spent enough time on myself. This week is about change. Things in my life need to change and I am forever grateful to have this week to decide what needs to change and to make a choice of what I want to change.

Here’s to beautiful “staycations” at home. I am incredibly grateful for this one. It’s been a long time coming and I have to believe that I deserve it.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~