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24/12/2018
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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. Mary Anne Radmacher
This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays! D.M. Dellinger

 

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Each year, as this particular holiday rolls around, I marvel at how quickly the year seemed to have flown by. I pause and take stock of the fact that soon enough, exactly one week later, the New Year will ring our doorbells laden with new gifts, goals, and opportunities for growth. How did 2018 end up for you? How are you preparing for the coming year? What will you do differently in 2019? At the start of the year, so many of us jumped in feet first and made promises to conquer the world, create new planets and exhale and excel. While some of us dared to try, and achieved a modicum of success, others rolled back their plans as unexpected demands took over their plans. Yet, a few simply found it all too enervating and threw in the towel well before the end of spring.  Regardless of where we started and ended up in 2018, what matters is that if you are reading this, you made it. Okay? You made it and have another chance to give it your best shot in 2019. Never give up. As long as there is life, there is HOPE.

 

READ: Motivation Mondays: Cherish Christmas & Holidays
Inspiration: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

 

To many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. Philip Andrew Adams

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

Holiday gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. Oren Arnold
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge

What was 2018 like? For me, 2018 was a year of challenges, tests of faith, loss, miraculous blessings, and renewal. My daughters lost their beloved grandfather in December, and one of my best friends lost her boyfriend in the same month. Health issues were not minimal but I weathered them. My car got totaled in a nasty accident in May and other types of challenges kept me on my aching back and feet fighting. An online group I created content for and helped manage went south leaving many of us hurt and disappointed. Yet, through it all, there were many moments of joy, magical grace and peace. I spent time with family here and abroad. Renewed my faith by joining a local place of worship and making friends – Northway church.  Started several new Facebook groups/communities that are thriving. Reconnected with a few old friends and rekindled my love for music and concerts. The year isn’t quite over but I am filled with gratitude for the good and the difficulties. Christmas Day will be upon us In less than 24 hours and I am excited about celebrating the birth of Christ with my loved ones. What about you?

READ: Inspiration: Happy Holidays To All!
Happy Holidays: Grace & Gratitude to All!
Musings: Merry Christmas Wishes…

A Letter To Santa
Dearest Santa,
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness and scarcity!
Please don’t mix these two up like you did last year! 🙂
With love & gratitude to all,
xoxo

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
ハッピーバカンス!
节日快乐!
أعيادا سعيدة!
Maligayang Pasko!
விழாக்கால வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
छुट्टियों की शुभकामनाएं!
С праздником!
С Рождеством Христовым!
تعطیلات مبارک!
हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
¡Felices Fiestas!
גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
Շնորհավոր Տոն!
Boas festas!

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV 2018/DEC 2018 are:

NOV

1/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

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Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes & Merry Christmas

I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas! Charles Dickens
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” Dale Evans Rogers

Happy Holidays to everyone! As I prepare to wrap up the holidays with my family, I can’t help but think of those in need. The holidays is NOT always blissful for everyone. It is a sad time for some, a rehashed memory for a few, and a mixed blessing for others. One thing I know for sure about this season is that it is called the giving Season for a reason; it’s the end of year,  Hanukkah, Christmas and the spirit of Kwanzaa beckon us to reflect, rejoice and return the goodwill by sharing our largess with the less fortunate in or communities. As we purchase and share holiday gifts, we should remember to offer a helping hand to those in need. The true spirit of giving in this season is about giving to those who have no one to give them anything. Reach out and give to your favorite charities, include others at your table and in your heart. We are all deserving of the goodwill of the Christmas season. Make a difference. No effort is too small or wasted. I also want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reads or helps me with this blog. I thank you for your support, blog love, visits and comments!  Without the support of our communities, we toil in silence. May abundant grace always meet you at your door…

READ: Haiku: Christmas Is Love In Action
Happy Holidays: Grace & Gratitude to All!

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Loving Father,
help us to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and
open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and
good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings, and teach us to
be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy
to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus‘ sake. Amen.” Via yahoo.voices

 

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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

 

180 Comments leave one →
  1. Shivam permalink
    24/12/2018 9:34 pm

    Hi mirth,
    I am a first time reader , so happy holiday season from my end.
    It was refreshing to read such a nice content on Christmas.
    Regards

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:48 am

      Hi Shivam, May you never get jaded from reading posts across the blogosphere. Happy Holidays and thank you for stopping by.

  2. Samar permalink
    25/12/2018 4:35 am

    I must say, It’s a very informative article. Keep it up buddy 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:45 am

      Is it? Thank you Samar…

  3. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    25/12/2018 5:38 am

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your life with us all. This year has been an amazing year full of blessings in our household and we can not wait to see what 2019 brings!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:44 am

      Awesome Patricia! I wish you and yours great things in 2019

  4. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    25/12/2018 5:44 am

    Maligayang pasko from the Philippines.

  5. Mrs. Type A permalink
    25/12/2018 6:35 am

    I’m sorry to hear your year was so tough. Thank you for your honesty. You perspective is inspirational!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:43 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate your honest feedback. 🙂

  6. Keshia Richmond permalink
    25/12/2018 7:59 am

    2018 was a great year for me and I’m looking forward to a great 2019 just like you. It is inspiring to read how you are ending the year in gratitude.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:42 am

      Good for you! Yes, gratitude is key in all things.

  7. Ivan Jose permalink
    25/12/2018 6:26 pm

    Happy Holidays! Despite the challenges you faced, it’s good to know that you pulled through unscathed. Anyway, I still could not believe how the year’s most awaited holiday quickly went by.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:41 am

      Right? Thank you for reading my post … to some degree, I was unscathed. Yes, Christmas appeared and then quietly made its exit.

  8. Stephanie permalink
    25/12/2018 6:54 pm

    I’m also amazed sometimes at how fast the years go. I feel like we just celebrated Christmas last year! Time seems to fly even faster now that I have my own children. Overall 2018 has been a decent year but I am ready to rock 2019!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:40 am

      Go for your goals… yeah,the year seemed to blow by us.

  9. Krysten permalink
    26/12/2018 1:44 am

    2018, for me, was a good year. I accomplished a major goal, celebrated 4 years with my husbands, traveled, and generally it was good. However I can’t say the same for all my loved ones, so hopefully 2019 is nicer to them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:39 am

      I wish all of you the best in 2019…

  10. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    26/12/2018 3:24 am

    Happy Holidays! The holidays are a time when I reflect and give thanks for everything I have… whilst remembering those who are not so fortunate.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:39 am

      It is an important time for reflection…

  11. gloriousheights permalink
    26/12/2018 3:53 am

    Merry Christmas 🎄it does make everything look more beautiful! New year new hope new plans..

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:46 am

      True… I love all those holiday lights.

  12. With Love Moni permalink
    26/12/2018 6:46 am

    So cool and lovely. Wish you very Happy Holidays too.

  13. marjiemare permalink
    26/12/2018 6:57 am

    Happy Holidays and thank you for your wonderful holiday wishes. May you enjoy your loved ones and have a great time.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:45 am

      Amen to that and sending you blessings for same.

  14. Angela Tolsma permalink
    26/12/2018 8:40 am

    I hope the rest of the year is good for you. It’s sad when we lose people we love. I hope that you are healing well from your car accident.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:37 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post… I am healing and we are making the best of the situations.

  15. remo permalink
    26/12/2018 9:40 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Festivals are the best way to connect with your loved ones.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:36 am

      Indeed. They remind us of the joys in life

  16. chaddden2001 permalink
    26/12/2018 10:39 am

    I love that prayer, and happy Christmas to you 😊

  17. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    26/12/2018 11:34 am

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

  18. Flossie permalink
    26/12/2018 6:45 pm

    I am glad you had a good year in spite of its challenging times for you and your family. Our biggest challenge in 2018 was having our basement flood in May – not fun!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:22 am

      Wow! We had that experience a couple of years ago and, thankfully, our homeowners insurance kicked in and handled the matter.

      • Flossie permalink
        31/12/2018 4:37 pm

        Thankfully ours did too! But the repairs took over 4 months from flood to completion, and our garage is still full of stuff waiting to be sorted through and either put back or discarded grr…here’s to a better 2019!

  19. thebusyboymama permalink
    26/12/2018 7:33 pm

    You’re 2018 seemed rough, definitely ups and downs, but you’ve put out a lot of positivity this year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:13 am

      Thank you! I found that what we focus on becomes a path to healing and growth. I am grateful.

  20. acraftymix permalink
    26/12/2018 7:46 pm

    Merry Christmas my friend, sorry it’s a few days late. Wishing you and your family a blessed and love filled festive season and may 2019 bring you only joy and happy memories

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:12 am

      Dear Michelle! Wishing you and yours abundant blessings too

  21. Angela Tolsma permalink
    26/12/2018 8:03 pm

    Remembering that not everyone is able to celebrate the holidays like I am is a huge part of our Christmas and while we don’t spend a lot we try to match dollar for dollar spent on gifts to donations. It’s a small part.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:11 am

      That’s awesome Angela!

  22. Blair permalink
    26/12/2018 8:33 pm

    2018 was my first full year living with my brain injury. I found out WCB was not going to cover my meds, but my private insurance would. I have been learning to live with a traumatic brain injury. I found a renewed interest in writing and photography and started a blog. All in all progress.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:11 am

      I am so proud of you Blair; especially because of all the effort you are making to stay positive with life. Best wishes for an inspired 2019

  23. Mary C Wolfe permalink
    26/12/2018 8:38 pm

    I love your Motivation Monday lists! I only wish I had come across them earlier! What a great post. Hope you had Happy Holidays and you have a great new year! I look forward to incorporating these inspirational Mondays into my days.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:09 am

      Thank you Mary and I send you best wishes for same.

  24. Rachael Eberhardt permalink
    26/12/2018 9:23 pm

    It was such a Merry Christmas for me! And i hope everybody else did have a Merry Christmas too.. 😘 I dressed up my child with a batman costume and went to all of his godfather and godmother.. It was so overwhelming.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:07 am

      Okay… that sounds like a fun day.

  25. travelwisesr permalink
    26/12/2018 9:47 pm

    Wish you too Merry Christmas & a great year ahead. Keep inspiring.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 1:49 am

      Thank you and stay inspired…

  26. Matija Antonić permalink
    27/12/2018 3:00 am

    Happy holidays, glad to hear that the challenges didn’t bring you down, and I am sorry to hear about the losses, but the next year will be your year, as for how this year was for me it had it’s ups and downs, I tried to accommodate everyone’s wishes, and in doing that I neglected mine, so for me I hope that the next year is the year where I will probably try to focus more on myself, because I need it, thank you for this motivational and informative article, and I hope that the next year is filled with good things and blessings for you.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/12/2018 3:27 am

      Thank you too Matija. You always bring your A game to whatever you do and it will pay dividends for you too. Here’s to a terrific 2019!

  27. Kimberley permalink
    27/12/2018 4:04 am

    This was an amazing article loved it

  28. Oscar permalink
    27/12/2018 4:26 am

    Happy Holidays! 2018 was a great! And Im looking for better 2019. Great article!

  29. Amanda Yorton permalink
    27/12/2018 5:54 am

    The holiday season always make me look back at the year that just FLEW by. I think back to my goals back in January and how I have achieved them or how I can set out to achieve them next year. Happy Holidays!

  30. jack branson permalink
    27/12/2018 6:50 am

    It was indeed a challenging year for most of us. I think holidays is the time when everyone should just take a break and enjoy the moment in the end of each year. I’m glad it was going well for you 🙂

  31. Danielle permalink
    27/12/2018 7:31 am

    I love your ideas for gifts to give to others especially the forgiveness to your enemies! Keeping this in mind during this holiday season.

  32. sincerelymissj permalink
    27/12/2018 7:38 am

    I’m sorry 2018 was so tough for you. Your outlook on the New Year is so inspiring and I know good things will come along in 2019!

  33. Courtney permalink
    27/12/2018 7:49 am

    Happy holidays!!! Hope you had a fabulous holiday season with your loved ones!

  34. Shnooks permalink
    27/12/2018 8:16 am

    Thank you so much for reminding us all of the true essence of holidays and that we should give to others befor expecting to get anything.

  35. Folabest permalink
    27/12/2018 9:20 am

    2018 is tough but with good friends around its okay. Hope for a better 2019

  36. munniofalltrades permalink
    27/12/2018 9:39 am

    It was great to read about the holiday wishes in so many different languages and the letter to Santa. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your entire family. Have a fab 2019 🙂

  37. Justyna Butler permalink
    27/12/2018 10:25 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful families! I do take time away from work and spend quality time with family! SO so important!

  38. helenevlacho permalink
    27/12/2018 10:30 am

    Happy Holidays dear! Thank you for all your beautiful wishes. I am sending you regards from my country, Greece and Merry Christmas in Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:34 pm

      Thank you so much… so sweet!Have a fantastic 2019

  39. Caroline Brandt permalink
    27/12/2018 2:58 pm

    I definitely feel the idea of Christmas waving a magic wand. I always feel that this time of year! Happy Holidays! -Tonya Morris

  40. kaypittmanknits permalink
    27/12/2018 3:53 pm

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. They are so motivational. First I am sorry to hear about your children’s loss of grandfather. I lost my grandpa in November along with several other relatives throughout the year. It helps me to remember to be grateful that I am alive and about to make it into a new year. In 2019 I want to continue to try to grow my business, to focus more on my own happiness, and to spend more time with family while they still here on this Earth

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:33 pm

      Wishing you much success in 2019!

  41. Kavri Iyer permalink
    27/12/2018 7:28 pm

    Hi mirth,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.
    It was a great article on Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas. Hope you get everything you want in Life.

  42. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    27/12/2018 11:27 pm

    Happy holidays! I hope you have an amazing new year!

  43. oscar permalink
    28/12/2018 3:13 am

    2018 was a great year for me, absolutely. And I am looking forward to better and much more happiness in 2019. Happy New Year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:32 pm

      Thank you and abundant blessing!

  44. 28/12/2018 5:10 am

    Keep on inspiring Elizabeth. 2018 was a year of real change and shifting for me; definitely looking forward to what 2019 has in store.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:31 pm

      Same here… thank you for checking in. It’s appreciated. 🙂 Wishing you continued success in 2019

  45. Renee Theresa permalink
    28/12/2018 5:16 am

    Very nice post! I really enjoyed reading this holiday post!

  46. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh permalink
    28/12/2018 5:40 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for the new year.

  47. Jayashree Sengupta permalink
    28/12/2018 5:47 am

    Merry Christmas and hope everyone is enjoying. The holidaying mood is in the air to welcome the new year with smiles and good things

  48. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    28/12/2018 6:17 am

    Christmas is always the best time here in the Philippines. I hope you get to visit.

  49. Lex permalink
    28/12/2018 6:45 am

    Here is wishing you a greater and even better 2019. Life itself comes with tough moments for a sweet ending… Stay safe Liz

  50. vballangel5 permalink
    28/12/2018 7:40 am

    Happy holidays and may 2019 be full of laughs

  51. Mama in Heels permalink
    28/12/2018 8:33 am

    It’s so good to reflect. My 2018 has been awesome and can’t wait to ring in for 2019!

  52. nicoledurham permalink
    28/12/2018 8:40 am

    Sounds like we both had bad 2018’s. Mine was filled with unemployment, loss and struggles. only a few good things came of the year. But im trying my absolute hardest for a better 2019 and it looks like you’re hopeful to do the same. So I wish you a happy new years and hope that 2019 is much kinder to you than this past year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:29 pm

      Wishing you abundant blessings in 2019

  53. Lisa Rios permalink
    28/12/2018 9:16 am

    Christmas is just so magical and it’s a time when people are happy, excited, and together with their loved ones.

  54. Carlyn permalink
    28/12/2018 10:53 am

    Loved the article. Have lots to accomplish in 2019. Procrastination has to go

  55. roamy permalink
    28/12/2018 11:23 am

    I love the holiday season, the happy smiling faces,friends, good food, presents and everything in between not to mention it`s a time of the year for us to indulge.

  56. Shnooks permalink
    28/12/2018 11:24 am

    Happy holidays too 💗 I’m really looking forward to start a new year and I really like Motivation mondays post. I’ve read some of them and I became a huge fan 😍

  57. mbenton22 permalink
    28/12/2018 11:38 am

    Love the “give yourself respect” for the holidays. That is such a good reminder!

  58. Amanda Yorton permalink
    28/12/2018 12:24 pm

    The holidays are my favorite time of year. I get stressed but I also feel so blessed to be around friends and family. Although, I cannot wait until 2019! It should be a great year!

  59. soulstories84457110 permalink
    28/12/2018 2:45 pm

    What an honest look over the past year! I think the most important part of the end of the year is looking back over how you have grown since the beginning of the previous year, and then look at the year to come as an opportunity for more growth and a blessing that you are still here!

  60. Chad permalink
    28/12/2018 3:10 pm

    Thank you so much for being such an inspiration! I love how positive you are, next year is gonna rock.

    Chad

  61. luciwest permalink
    28/12/2018 4:19 pm

    Several of the quotes in this post will stay with me for a while, I can tell. Holidays are reassurances vs. discoveries. That makes so much sense – and it’s especially fitting for the end-of-year holidays after a tumultuous year.

  62. kutercarol permalink
    28/12/2018 4:53 pm

    2018 was a challenge for me as well. Thanks for the inspiration and your positive post. I love the Morivation Monday’s!

  63. sincerelymissj permalink
    28/12/2018 5:31 pm

    Happy Holidays! I’m sorry to hear about your loses, it is inspiring how there’s just so much positivity and hope radiating from this post Its been quite a year for me with celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas in our new home, I’m excited to what the new year has in store!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:27 pm

      Wishing you abundant blessings in 2019

  64. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    28/12/2018 6:53 pm

    Merry Christmas, Elizabeth! Hope you had a lovely time with your family and loved ones! Cheers to more motivational blog posts in 2019! 🙂

  65. Amber Dickison permalink
    28/12/2018 9:33 pm

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Next year I plan to really push myself, I want to go beyond my limits. I just overall want to become a better person, and focus on changing myself any way I can.

  66. Clare Minall permalink
    29/12/2018 12:21 am

    Happy Holidays to you and to everyone. I had a wonderful year and wishing you guys a good one this coming 2019!

  67. Preet permalink
    29/12/2018 12:23 am

    Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you had a wonderful one like me who had the best Christmas ever as I celebrate the day with a complete family.

  68. Amanda Yorton permalink
    29/12/2018 5:37 am

    The holidays are a favorite time of mine. Being with friends and family makes my heart happy! I wish you a great New Year!

  69. Everything On A Plate permalink
    29/12/2018 5:39 am

    Your posts have so much positivity. We really look forward to them every week

  70. chaddden2001 permalink
    29/12/2018 5:54 am

    Happy holidays, I’m really glad to know that you didn’t let anything bring you down. This year was rough for me and I’m hoping for a better year for the both of us.

  71. Jeferson Beluso permalink
    29/12/2018 6:41 am

    I love the time between Christmas and New Year….. As it gives us the opportunity to look back what had been and count our blessings and look forward for new beginning and new hope for the year ahead…. .

  72. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com permalink
    29/12/2018 7:22 am

    Happy Holidays! It sounds like 2018 was a bit rough, so I am hoping that 2019 is your Best year ever!! Cheers to a wonderful New Year!!!

  73. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    29/12/2018 8:22 am

    Best wishes to you for upcoming holidays too! Bless you! I am always happy to read you and hope to read you even more in 2019!

  74. Blair villanueva permalink
    29/12/2018 8:25 am

    Our year might not be perfect , but I am still thankful that I have those challenges and learned a lot. Happy Holidays!

  75. the5ammommy1 permalink
    29/12/2018 9:17 am

    Wow!! Loved the poem..and I would be a regular reader here..

  76. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    29/12/2018 9:25 am

    I had such a wonderful holiday that I don’t want it to be over! I hope you had a great one as well!

  77. thefashionableaccountant permalink
    29/12/2018 11:08 am

    I’m glad you found a good church thats very important. I bet 2019 will be a great year!!! -Nikki Hall

  78. Kayla permalink
    29/12/2018 11:57 am

    I love your honesty here, around this time of year it’s something I feel is lacking. Happy holidays

  79. Michelle Catallo permalink
    29/12/2018 2:27 pm

    I am so happy and proud to have been able to follow you through 2018 and see you come out ahead of all your challenges. Wishing you and yours a prosperous and memorable 2019! Thank you for everything you do!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:25 pm

      Oh Thank you and likewise Michelle!

  80. sincerelymissj permalink
    29/12/2018 6:19 pm

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Always love your Motivational Mondays

  81. Razena permalink
    29/12/2018 8:53 pm

    Happy Holidays and an advance Happy New Year. The past year seems like a bit of a haze right now even though I travelled, spent time with family and was more productive. I guess what I am most grateful for is still being around and kicking.

  82. rahmakhan155 permalink
    29/12/2018 11:31 pm

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing this with us. My 2018 was great, probably one of the best years of my life 🙂

  83. Nati permalink
    30/12/2018 2:09 am

    It’s been a wonderful 2018, tough, but wonderful nonetheless!
    Thank you for the precious inspiration you provided me throughout this year with words nd images Elizabeth. I wish you the best for 2019!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 7:24 pm

      Likewise dear Natalie!

  84. Jasmeet Singh permalink
    30/12/2018 2:26 am

    2018 may have been a tough year but this coming year will bring all the joy, happiness and good health to you. Thank you for sharing your 2018 memories with us. Best wishes

  85. Rosey permalink
    30/12/2018 5:22 am

    I am so thankful to hear you made it through an accident that totaled your car. So glad (and bummer about the car)! I’m sorry to hear of the losses in your family/circle of friends, and that you had health challenges. I am happy for you that you renewed your love of concerts, are in a church you enjoy and have so much to share with your readers, including me. I love that your blog is always written with substance, and never anything less. I am grateful for you. Wishing you a wonderful 2019!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much dear Rosey, the sentiments are mutual and I’m so glad we are friends.Stay blessed in 2019

  86. Megan permalink
    30/12/2018 5:26 am

    This is such a beautiful post for the holidays! 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great end to the year. Robert Louis Stevenson is my favorite, too.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 12:34 pm

      Ohh,I love his writings too.

  87. courteneynoonan permalink
    30/12/2018 6:19 am

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I agree that 2018 came with a lot of challenges. Here’s to a challenging but fulfilling 2019!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 12:33 pm

      Haha… Thank you and likewise.:)

  88. toastycritic permalink
    30/12/2018 8:37 am

    Hope you had an amazing time celebrating the birth of Christ. I know I loved being with my family and loved ones during this time. Each year definitely brings challenges and losses but it can also be times of tremendous joy as well. Hope joy finds you this year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 12:28 pm

      Amen to that and so true.

  89. nicoledurham permalink
    30/12/2018 9:26 am

    Happy holidays! im sorry you had such a rough time, but it sounds like you’re pushing past it and going to make 2019 a great year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/12/2018 10:15 am

      Thank you.I am

  90. Emilio Marcos Sierra permalink
    30/12/2018 10:55 am

    Have a good christmas period! Hope 2019 is a great year for you!

  91. Grace permalink
    30/12/2018 12:09 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful christmas with your family. You have shared really nice quotes in the christmas spirit. I wish you all the best for 2019 and hope that you will have a better year!

  92. amayszingblogs permalink
    30/12/2018 3:53 pm

    Happy holidays! I wrote a blog too before my year ends and I would totally to say despite all of challenges in life I ‘am still feel blessed. I love the way you write it’s very inspiring and motivated more post in 2019 happy new year!

  93. Rupy permalink
    30/12/2018 5:05 pm

    Marry Christmas to you. 2018 is very tough year for me but this year taught me many things too. I am a completely new person now and for this I am grateful to 2018

  94. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    30/12/2018 5:27 pm

    My web developer friend just posted on his fee and it made me smile! Here’s hoping your 2019 would be fantastic as ever. Thank you for all the great posts that you have shared this 2018.

  95. Subhashish Roy permalink
    30/12/2018 8:47 pm

    I love to read your posts. Such a wonderful write up.Wish you had a great Christmas. Wishing you a great 2019.

  96. Jomar Allen Enecio permalink
    31/12/2018 1:48 am

    Very inspiring. I hope to see more articles like this. I will definitely follow your blog so I get updated for more articles like this.

  97. Ruth permalink
    31/12/2018 1:57 am

    I always love your posts so much! I completely agree about keeping those in need in mind over the holidays, I always try to give more to charity or something over Christmas. I hope you have a lovely new year! 🙂

  98. 31/12/2018 2:53 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope 2019 is rewarding for you

  99. Candy permalink
    31/12/2018 3:32 am

    We didn’t have a white Christmas but that is okay A wonderful time was enjoyed. Bring in the new year

  100. Judy permalink
    31/12/2018 3:48 am

    What a beautiful post. I’m sorry you had it rough at times but I’m thankful your faith remained strong. It’s so important to hold onto faith in the good times and the bad times. Praying 2019 is your best year yet. You got this!

  101. Alayna Frankenberry permalink
    31/12/2018 5:51 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your challenges this year, I’ve had quite a few of my own. But you know what they say, pressure makes diamonds!

  102. Di Hickman permalink
    31/12/2018 8:19 am

    Like you I marvelled at how quickly 2018 passed by. Yes, there were ups and downs but overall I choose like you to focus on the positives. Here’s wishing everyone an AMAZING 2019!!!!

  103. courteneynoonan permalink
    31/12/2018 9:35 am

    Happy holidays! I’m a sucker for a good poem – especially festive ones.

  104. lau permalink
    31/12/2018 10:54 am

    i wish you a great end of the year and beginning of the new one! ñloved the xmas wishes and greetings. This year i have been a bit busy before the holidays so i couldn’t prepare xmas cards.

  105. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com permalink
    31/12/2018 12:42 pm

    I’m sorry you had a rough year this 2018! I hope you have a merry christmas and a great start to 2019!

  106. love faith more permalink
    31/12/2018 2:22 pm

    Christmas is my favorite occasion of the year. Every time this season comes I feel renewed and calmed. 2018 is my painful year for me, I could say. Lots of unexpected problems, but this 2019 I believe it will become more relaxed and peaceful year. I claimed it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

  107. ANNA HORVATH permalink
    31/12/2018 4:04 pm

    I find it interesting even the non-christian countries like Japan have a ‘Merry Christmas’ Expression. 🙂 It must be something like happy holidays but still,how thoughtful.

  108. Becca Wilson permalink
    31/12/2018 6:23 pm

    i hope that you had such an amazing holiday. It seems like the end of this year just flew by!

  109. Bindu Thomas permalink
    31/12/2018 8:32 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful christmas with your family. 2018 was such an average year for us with many up and downs. Hope that 2019 will be full of lucks. Wishing you a joyous 2019.

  110. kayceeenerva permalink
    31/12/2018 10:17 pm

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing your story with us, reading something personal is a breath of fresh air – kikaysikat

  111. Jomar Allen Enecio permalink
    01/01/2019 2:31 am

    Great Read! I get the chance to learn new things! I will definitely follow this blog so I get updated for new articles!

  112. Silent Scream permalink
    01/01/2019 3:55 am

    been busy this holiday,. Thanks for always sharing.. I am in my happy corner reading your article.
    happy new year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 10:55 am

      Happy 2019 to you too! 🙂

  113. Crissy permalink
    01/01/2019 6:02 am

    2018 Was a fantastic year with a lot of bumps in the road. Here’s to a great 2019!

  114. Ashley permalink
    01/01/2019 3:54 pm

    I hope that your holiday was filled with love and happiness. Your posts are always so uplifting and positive. When I read them when feeling down, I always feel better afterwards.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2019 11:47 am

      Thank you Ashley. Wishing you great things in 2019!

  115. Blair villanueva permalink
    01/01/2019 3:57 pm

    Happy New Year for you and to your readers! 2019 would be a more fantastic year for us all.

  116. Jeannette (Jay Joy) permalink
    01/01/2019 8:04 pm

    Everything IS softer and more beautiful in Christmas!!!!!! I absolutely love the Christmas season. It brings me joy no matter what is going on around me.

  117. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    02/01/2019 1:11 am

    happy Holidays to you and your family! I am happy to read your blog and hope you will have a lot success in 2019!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2019 11:46 am

      Wishing you much success in 2019 too!

  118. Fatima D Torres permalink
    02/01/2019 6:28 am

    2018 was definitely a time of test. We’re ready for more successes in 2019.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2019 11:46 am

      It sure was for us…Happy new Year!

  119. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    02/01/2019 1:08 pm

    My 2018 was challenging. So much illnesses in my family. I am thankful though, that we all made it to 2019. That alone is so much to be grateful for. Wishing you the best of the New Year, Elizabeth!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2019 11:22 pm

      I agree… we made it to 2019. Praise God!:)

  120. Tiffany permalink
    02/01/2019 3:28 pm

    You had such a rough year, I’m so sorry! I will say that while I didn’t see the entirety of the group fallout, it seemed like you handled everything very well and I’m still enjoying following along with your new groups. You work hard and it doesn’t go unnoticed!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/01/2019 11:21 pm

      YOU ARE SO KIND…THANK YOU.

  121. Lisa Rios permalink
    03/01/2019 2:10 pm

    2018 was definitely trying. There were so many sad and depressing things. But there are many things to be grateful for still.

  122. Samar permalink
    04/01/2019 5:41 am

    Awesome post, Thanks for sharing.

  123. Danielle W. permalink
    04/01/2019 9:54 am

    Another beautiful and inspirational read. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019!

  124. Susan permalink
    06/01/2019 5:12 am

    Such lovely Christmas wishes 🙂 You do such a great job of being generous and thorough in your posts – it’s no wonder you’ve developed such a following!

  125. Gervin Khan permalink
    06/01/2019 9:07 pm

    Such a beautiful post and I really love reading your inspiring story. I am so sorry for you to have a rough year of 2018 but I am glad that you were able to overcome everything. Wishing you all the best wishes for this coming year, happy holidays to you and to your family!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      08/01/2019 12:35 pm

      Thank you and wishing you abundance in 2019!

  126. Justyna Butler permalink
    07/01/2019 7:17 pm

    Sometimes things do happen for a reason…my hard year was 2016…so just hang in there and I bet 2019 will bring beautiful memories!

  127. Amy-Lynn Denham permalink
    11/01/2019 4:56 am

    I love that you included a letter to Santa, here. Whether you “believe” in Santa or not, the true story origins of St. Nicholas are enough to bring a person to their knees. What a great way to show gratitude.

  128. Jessica Martin permalink
    31/01/2019 12:11 pm

    I am so sorry your 2018 was hard. It seems like your persevered and stayed strong. 2018 was a good year for me. I hope 2019 is even better! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

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