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Monday, December 17, 2012




What do you want most this holiday season? Something bold, silly, sparkly or perhaps…intangible?

Perhaps you'd like the gift of time to read or write? The gift of saying no to tasks that don't help you reach your goals? The gift of doing nothing for an afternoon instead of juggling a dozen different errands? Or the gift of better health?

This holiday season I decided to kick-start a healthy year by doing a full-life cleanse--cleaning up my body, mind, spirit and surroundings. Crazy, you say, especially at this time of year? Perhaps. However, I've really simplified the holidays: very little baking and cooking, simple gifts that involve minimal shopping, a few select parties--most online. :)

Giving gifts to ourselves may sound selfish, but I've read quite a bit about the importance of loving ourselves, not in a narcissistic or selfish way, but in a way that recognizes unconditional love and respect for ourselves are keys to achieving what we truly want in life. And perhaps not so coincidentally, to improving our relationships with others.

The love we show ourselves overflows to others not just in boxes filled with gifts and wrapped with bows, but in our words and actions when we:

--Laugh at the same joke the DH has told at every gathering for years.

--DON'T tell our 12-year-old son's peers he still wants a hug from mom (or dad!) at bedtime.

--Send e-mail support, cyber (((hugs))) or cheers to friends for their accomplishments.

--Offer a smile and sympathetic comment to the overwhelmed clerk in the department store who just rang up the most expensive item in our cart twice.

--Say a kind word or an extra prayer for someone whose trials tug at our hearts.

--Give our pets an extra scratch behind the ears.

Intangible gifts may cost nothing in dollars, but be priceless to the one we bestow it upon. Why not think about it? What intangible gifts could you give yourself and share with others this holiday season?

Of course, I think most of us also appreciate tangible gifts, like free books! And my gift to all of you is a free download of my ebook, THE BODYGUARD. Called a "feel-good Christmas book" by my first editor, this book introduces the fictional town of Halo, Oregon--the home of my Legacy Series. The folks in Halo are part of a Christmas miracle in THE BODYGUARD. Just go to today, Monday, Dec. 17, or Monday, Dec. 24, to download this book.

Happy Holidays!

Genie Gabriel

About the Author:
For years I've been fascinated by the puzzle of why some people collapse under life's traumas and others emerge triumphantly stronger. These triumphs of the human spirit over the ugliest of adversities became the basis for my stories. Yet my dramatic stories have always contained touches of humor, and sometimes I have great fun writing romantic comedy novellas. However, in all my stories, my passion for writing romance is an outlet for the powerful messages that people can overcome great difficulties, and true love can turn life’s heartaches into happily ever after.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, Genie, you are busy today on the 'net! Thanks so much, and happy holidays...


Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Elizabeth! Yes, a busy day and I'm getting a late start--as usual! I so appreciate you stopping to say hello!