*Guest Appearance* Celebrating St. Patty’s Day with Love and Wellness

Hello loves,

We have the beautiful Michelle from Recovery Pride here with us to share her thoughts on St Patricks Day.

I hope you all enjoy Michelle’s post ❤

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I want to celebrate with you! Let’s take a look at how we can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a way that feels good and is good for us. I did some searching and found some great ideas that promote wellbeing, joy, love, and laughter.

 

I love a parade. Going to a parade is a terrific, traditional way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and chances are there is a parade close to you, just check with your local newspaper. It’s fun for the whole family, offering you a chance to get into the fresh air and sunshine together. If it’s chilly bring a blanket and snuggle up while you enjoy the performers and fellow revelers. Be sure to dress in your favorite shade of green, and for a bonus, draw shamrocks on each others’ faces with washable markers.

 

Embrace a history lesson. Familiarity with the Irish culture can bring more meaning to your festivities, so do a little research. Listen to podcasts so you can brush up on the Norman Invasion of Ireland. Your little ones might enjoy the kids-oriented information on Ireland provided by the “National Geographic Kids” website.  For more family friendly fun, check out Family Living Today – the website is jam packed with activities that are educational and appropriate for all ages.

 

Read Irish stories. I love hero stories, so I was delighted when I came across “A Fine St. Patrick’s Day” by Susan Wojciechowski. Share it with your children for an uplifting and inspiring addition to your St. Patty’s celebration.

 

Plan an adventure. Children love anything with a touch of mystery, so if you have little ones why not engage them in a treasure hunt? You can pick up small toys or other “treasures” from a dollar store and hide them around the house. Throw in a few little notes of your own with encouraging words or loving thoughts. You can make leprechaun footprints from construction paper to provide clues to your kids.

 

Make festive foods. Instead of unhealthy choices like green beer, I like to recommend options that are not only fun, festive, and promote wellbeing. Craving something hearty that you can feel good about? One idea is making herb and arugula baked eggs for a filling and simple breakfast feast. Looking for something your kids will love? Try pairing mac and cheese with avocados – they’ll love seeing their favorite pasta with green flair! You can substitute whole grain pasta for your macaroni, and of course you’ll reap the health benefits of avocados. For a health-promoting green drink anybody will enjoy, opt for a “shamrock” smoothie made with kale, bananas and hemp seeds.

 

Do something creative. Psychology Today cites studies that show creative activities are good for your well-being, so why not do some crafting? Country Living suggests making a burlap-wrapped wreath for your front door, sparkling with glitter and adorned with felt shamrocks. You can decorate your table with clear jars containing candles surrounded by split peas, or if you have little ones they’ll enjoy making a paper plate-faced leprechaun with a construction paper hat. Another idea is to make a clover stamp by slicing a green pepper in half and dipping it in craft paint – you could stamp a banner and hang it somewhere for the family to enjoy.

 

Plant shamrocks. I find working with plants calming and uplifting, and nurturing them is an activity that I believe soothes the soul. If you have children they can also learn responsibility and self-confidence from tending plants, along with the satisfaction of growing a living thing. Why not start a tradition of planting something every year? It’ll give your St. Patty’s Day more nostalgia and you’ll look forward to it each spring.

 

No “blarney,” just goodness! When holidays roll around, I like to celebrate with healthy festivities. Enjoy an outing, eat nutritious foods, and don’t forget to feed your mind and soul. Do things you love with those you love. I wish you and yours a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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Thank you again Michelle for guest staring on Discovering Your Happiness & bringing such a wonder post ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ,<3

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I Never Open Up

Hello loves ❤

I have never worn my heart on my sleeve. I am not the kind of person to walk up to a stranger and give my life story. I keep my secrets close to my chest. I cut myself off from society to protect myself.

It’s rare for me to open myself up to someone, because I am a skeptic. I expect the worst from others. I am afraid of spilling my deepest feelings to someone and having them walk away with the knowledge.

I keep to myself because life is easier that way. There are less risks. There is a smaller chance I will get my heart torn from its ribcage.

When I isolate myself, I don’t have to worry about being betrayed. I don’t have to wonder whether I am the one who cares more. There is less stress, because the only person I have to think about is myself.

I don’t mind being alone. Most of the time, I actually prefer separating myself.

That is why, if I actually open up to you, then you must mean something to me. You must be someone I feel like I can trust — and that does not happen often.

If I am willing to bear my soul to you, please do not take it for granted. Understand how difficult it is for me to be open and honest with someone who could leave at any time. Realize how rare it is for me to take a risk with my heart.

Please do not get mad at me for how slowly it takes me to open up to you. I need to take baby steps. Every time I am vulnerable with you, every time I give you the truth instead of pretending to be fine, you should be proud of me.

My instinct is to run when I develop strong feelings for someone. If I decide to let you into my world, I am going against my gut and following my heart.

If I actually open up to you, please be appreciative. Please be careful with the way you react. Don’t get angry at me when I tell you how I am feeling, because if you make me feel bad about being honest with you, then I am going to revert back to my old ways. I am going to push you away. I am never going to tell you my secrets again.

You need to understand how hard it is for me to reveal my authentic self, because I can’t shake the fear that I am going to get heartbroken in the end. I keep my feelings locked inside, because no one can hurt me if I hurt them first.

I have spent most of my life hiding from my emotions, so if I actually open up to you, then I must have strong feelings for you. I must care about you more than you think.

You must be someone I can imagine keeping around for a lifetime. Someone I do not want to lose.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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