What Gives You Special Meaning At The Holidays?

Last year Christmas and New Years was spent in misery with that super flu that swept the nation. My mom arrived to spend the holidays with us already coughing, which was highly unusual. My mother has some kind of super genes unlike any I have seen, and is the opposite of me in the way of making a point to eat healthy, juicing, daily exercise etc.. yet, decade after decade she remains in perfect health, never succumbing to the colds and flu that goes around hitting everyone else. So when I heard a few coughs, I immediately panicked….. what could it be??? Well, she had the flu and had it BAD!!!! So, she hit the bed and stayed there twelve days until it was time to go home. My husband got it from my mom, and then sure of my resistance from my daily juicing and protein shakes, I thought I could escape the nasty bug, I danced around showing off, “Look at me, I’m not sick, nothing can get me down!” But no, with two people coughing in the house, I succumbed as well and it took over two months for me to get back to my old self. Relapsing twice.

I am not a fan of vaccinations, but with a month of nagging from my husband, I went and got a flu shot and so far, so good. I have been up in Seattle for 2 weeks visiting family and friends. Mom is coming for Christmas and New Years, and we are planning to make up for last year! We have been on the go and don’t plan on slowing down.

I even brought my Macie up with me. She was a wonderful traveler and was nice and cozy under the seat and stayed in her carrier the whole way.

My Macie on the airplane.
My Macie on the airplane.

I had a blast on this trip to Seattle and made a special appearance in studio on the Dr. Pat Show (Listen HERE) on Transformational Radio. My mom, Donna Reed even got a few words in. We chatted about my memoir, Hearts on the Line and also about love, dating and bringing more love into your life at the holidays. If you don’t have a special someone for the holidays, you can still have love and meaning in your life.

Me and my mom with Dr. Pat.
Me and my mom with Dr. Pat.

One way that we like to do that is by feeding the homeless. Whenever you do something for someone else, it gives you a lift and makes it impossible to feel sorry for yourself. My mom has been feeding the homeless for the past two years at two churches twice per week and she also collects clothing and household items for the less fortunate. I love to go with her whenever I am in town and have gotten to know a lot of the people that come for a hot meal and fellowship.

Feeding the homeless in Federal Way at New Hope Church.
Feeding the homeless in Federal Way at New Hope Church.
My favorite soul that I connected heart to heart with at the church.
My favorite soul that I connected heart to heart with at the church.

I was so blessed that a friend of my mom’s brought over her juicer for me to use while I was here for two weeks. I normally juice every day, drinking at least three green juices per day. Something amazing happened. This year I had to get reading glasses. My vision started declining in my late 40’s, my arm just wasn’t long enough anymore. I got prescription reading glasses at the local mall, and even got a twenty dollar discount with my AARP membership (don’t repeat that please). Well, I became so dependent on the glasses that I was constantly searching for them..
“Adolfo, have you seen my glasses? I can’t read my email without them…”
“Marla, just try not to use them, that’s what I do. You can heal your eyes, just refuse to use your glasses.”
“I can’t, everything is blurry!”
Arrgghh…..

Well, the last six moths of this year, I really ramped up my juicing even doing three day juice fasts once per month. I would say that I tripled my juice intake. I arrived to my moms house the day before Thanksgiving, and am blown away that I have not pulled out my glasses the whole time! I have been working on the computer, texting, and reading the kindle on my iphone, all things that I could not do without my glasses. I am convinced that the juicing restored my eyesight!!!

If you want some great info on juicing, follow Kris Carr she is an inspiration to me and has healed herself with the miracle of juicing organic greens.

My green juice amongst the moss.
My green juice amongst the moss.

The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is a juicer and the gift of getting out there and doing something for someone in need!

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