Affirmations to Help You Through This Special Time of Year

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It’s that time of year where the stress of the holidays is only rivaled by the stress of whether or not you will make New Years resolutions. Are you the sort who punishes yourself by piling thoughts of losing weight and keeping your home spotless and homeschooling your kids on top of them going to public school and eating nothing unhealthy ever again, on top of last minute gift-shopping and decorating and cooking?


I am!

I was listening to some song on Spotify this morning as I punished the treadmill, and it was all about how everyone is on antidepressants and is anyone wondering why this is the case? And I was all in general agreement, but simultaneously so grateful for my antidepressants. So then it’s like. well who cares why we’re all depressed and anxious, as long as we can fix it!?

But then that was a slightly bothersome thought. Christian is really good at thought modification. He’s taken the whole idea to heart. He started really practicing it when he stopped drinking 4 1/2 years ago, and it’s definitely something you have to work at, but he’s known all along that it was the key to his sobriety, and therefore his whole life.

I’m inspired by him. He’s a positive influence on me, and I try to live up to what he is succeeding so formidably at, but sometimes I find myself slipping into a pity party. It happens. It’s normal.

So I decided to compile a list of affirmations. Mostly because I hate the idea of affirmations. Plus I find that if I think of things that make me laugh that solves everything. This is my way of dealing with just about everything, so here is my very powerful list of affirmations. I implore you to adopt them for your very own. Tape them to your mirror and whatnot.

  • I am a gifted parallel parker.
  • I excel at picking stray feathers out of my winter coat.
  • No one can floss their teeth quite like I can.
  • My ankles are awe-inspiring.
  • I can be mistaken for a Republican.
  • I have a special talent for making myself feel like shit about doing all sorts of horrible things like ruining my children and spending too much on groceries.
  • My ability to listen to people who talk incessantly, without stabbing them in the gullett is unparalleled.
  • I have a unique mole on my armpit, and it makes me feel like one-of-a-kind.


  1. 12/11/2012 / 6:33 am

    How about…."No one can serve crap for supper and convince the family I'm a gourmet chef, quite like I do."

  2. 12/11/2012 / 7:27 am

    your humor is one of your greatest assets. You are so worthy on so many levels and DO NOT TELL ME TO SHUT UP. you are worhty and good and I admire you. xoxo Did I mention you crack my shit up unlike any other?

  3. 12/11/2012 / 4:11 pm

    How about, no one can ignore a big mess like I can. Not cracking means never having to clean up!

  4. 12/12/2012 / 11:40 am

    That is an actual, enviable talent you've got there. My family is on to the fact that the crap I serve up is yuck.

  5. 12/12/2012 / 11:41 am

    You just so shut up. Thanks, Katy. That means a lot to me that I crack you up, because you crack me up, too, ya nut.

  6. 12/12/2012 / 11:42 am

    Wily! I find it helps to think of big messes as sculptures in my home.

  7. 12/13/2012 / 10:06 am

    Oh this is awesome! I could have written that first paragraph word for word.

    It was great to meet you this week at The #CCBalancedLiving workshop. I am sorry we didn't get more quality time together. We'll have to plan a reunion gathering/dinner or something soon.

    As for one of my affirmations, I can procrastinate pretty darn well and spend lots of time thinking about, planning for and making lists in regards to thing that I need to accomplish, without actually getting much done! 🙂

    I am hoping to change that coming off of the past few days… But time will tell! 🙂

  8. 12/13/2012 / 12:52 pm

    You know, I've never experienced the wonder that is you flossing your teeth, but given what I know about you, I totally believe it.

  9. 12/13/2012 / 5:32 pm

    I'm not a confident parallel parker, in fact I'm not 100% sure I've ever even done it. So, good for you!

  10. 12/13/2012 / 5:39 pm

    It was great to meet you, too! What a great experience that was. I'm so excited to have met more Chicago bloggers – we need to stick together…

  11. 12/13/2012 / 5:40 pm

    Do you know what? I could totally make a video for you. Really, I would do that. It might get messy, but it's mind-blowing.

  12. 12/13/2012 / 5:42 pm

    Thanks, it's definitely something I pride myself on. How can you have never parallel parked? Is that even possible? I don't understand.

  13. 02/14/2013 / 4:12 am

    I love number four, since it can be used whether ankles are skinny or cankleish.

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