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Surviving the Holidays

Hey yall!

The holiday season is in full swing. Chrismas light on houses, menorahs out ready to be lit. If you have anxiety this time of the year can be difficult to navigate through. Here are some of the ways I have tried to keep my anxiety in check around the stressful time while still being able to enjoy the holidays. This took some time, during middle and high school the holidays were never my favorite things to endure. So many places to get to all in one day and lots of relatives touching me who I bearly knew. My freshman year was the last Christmas I spent with my mom since that was the year she moved down south so in high school it was a reminder more of what I didn’t have around than any gift I could possibly receive.

1.Don’t compare what you have to your friends, movies you watch or advertisements you see in the paper!

It wasn’t until I got to college and started to see my parents as flawed humans and stopped putting so much pressure on this family ideal that I thought I was supposed to have. I started to see the holidays as just another step of growing up and another part of the year instead of trying to compare my experiences to others. I took what I had and appreciated it more. I spoke to my mom on the phone or would call her over skype. I hugged my dad tight enough quietly hoping some of it would be felt by my mom. I would see my father’s parents and eat with them and then when they went home I would call my mother’s parents in California to recap the day I’d had.

2. Know your limits and don’t feel pressured to surpass them!

In school you have some days to recover if you overdo it for the holidays but once you grow up your expected to go back to work as soon as the holidays are over. This means if you drain all your energy or get yourself into a panic you still have to face the world the next day. It doesn’t do you/your guests/hosts any good if you end up getting overwhelmed in the middle of the party. If you are hosting understand that you can walk away to your room for a few moments to collect yourself and if you are outside of your home excuse yourself to the bathroom or outside for a moment. If you say you might only be able to stop by to give a gift and say high keep to that. For some just making an appearance at an event if a huge deal.

3. Understand that if you have to cancel its OK

If you are to overwhelmed from your family gatherings that you can’t make it to drinks with your friends that it’s okay to reschedule. Talk to your siblings to exchange gifts the following weekend, especially if you have kids they will get cranky getting carted from one family member to the next. See if you can split your holiday obligations over a few weeks instead of all between 2 days.

 4. Congratulate yourself for surviving and treat yourself

To those who don’t suffer from mental illness, it may seem silly to treat yourself. “Arent the holidays supposed to be a treat?” It does not have to be a costly treat. You could go through your books and pick a few to donate to the local library or if you got new clothes pick a few to drop off at the donation center for someone who may not have gotten new things for the holidays. Run a bath or cook yourself your favorite meal. Give your closest friend a call and catch up when you get a breathe. This one can be done in your coziest sweats on your couch. Brew a tea, coffee or hot cocoa and have a sit-down with a film or your favorite video game.

5. Remember to enjoy yourself and feel the love

Eat your favorite treats and sing your favorite holiday songs. See your cousins you only see a few times a year. Drink that hot chocolate that extra expensive that you only get once a year. Warm up apple cider and drink it with a cinnamon stick.

 

I love you all and happy holidays!

xx

Ana

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10 things

Ten things I like

1. Rain, not to the point of pouring so hard that it sounds like it’s gonna break the window. Just hard enough for rainboots and umbrellas to seem justified. Enough to make puddles that my little brother will just happen to walk through hard enough to make the water splash onto my jeans. 

2. The smell of fresh hot chocolate made from scratch with homemade whipped cream. It smells like Christmas and high school snowdays. The feeling of the first sip burning your throat because your so excited to drink it you couldn’t possibly wait for it to cool down.

3. When I meet a new dog and they just come right for you and kiss your hands and face. 

4. A painting I was given from my grandmother. It’s a little girl with long brown hair wearing a purple dress fit for a princess. It is framed in a light brown wooden frame that smells like cobwebs and old furniture. She passed away last year and it was one of the things she left for me. I sometimes think of how I will put it in my first little apartment near a photo of her.

5. The books 1 fish 2 fish and goodnight moon. When my brother was younger I would read them to him before bed. We read them so often he eventually started to read them with me. Well, it was more of, he had memorized the words and could recite them.

6. Lemons. Lemonade. Lemon cream sauce. Fresh squeeze lemon and steamed vegetables. I’m greek, lemon goes on everything.  

7. Piglet from Pooh Bear. Dispute his fear of everything he would always go on adventures with his friends and he was never afraid to ask for help when he needed it.

8. Science. Man I like science, well I have a lot of questions and finding answers is what I like. I also like when things blow up. Chemical reactions are beyond awesome. I like solving puzzles. Science is like one big puzzle.

9. Curiosity. Wonder, adventure, travel. This goes back to number 8.

10. Rocks that just happen to form recognizable shapes. Heart shaped rocks are especially my favorite but I also like long triangular rocks that could pass as a Christmas tree or when they look like letters.

*11 I know this is a list of 10 but I also really like walking on the edges of sidewalks and pretending I’m a tightrope walker or elite gymnast.

 

Ten things I don’t like so much

1. Carrots. Haven’t like them since I was a kid. Don’t like ranch that much either so that doesn’t help.

2. When I see someone I love cry. It’s especially awful if I had something to do with why they are upset.

3. Bugs with wings that don’t look like they can fly at first and then they go right for your face. Very scary, high risk of me screaming after.

4. Green smoothies. Smoothies a were great things and they are already healthy or at least more healthy than a waffle. Don’t try to add spinach or arugula. Who even likes arugula? *my apologies to arugula lovers*

5. The MSPCA Commercials in black and white with sad music in the background.

6. Laws against pitbulls. Pitbulls are so cute and so sweet. It’s the owners who make them fight who you should have laws against.

7. When you forget your bagel in the toaster until an hour later and then it’s hard and gross. 

8. When dogs die movies, gets me every time. I’m looking at you Marley and Me.

9. When really cool, super qualified people don’t get jobs for stupid reasons like visible tatoos, disibilities or how they dress.

10. When I get an assignment do on time but very few of my classmates do and the time gets pushed back. 

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Playing the Tape

Hi everyone,

I don’t know if I have written about it on this blog before but I have clinically diagnosed Anxiety and a part of anxiety is over analyzation. For me, it manifests as thinking of any possible situation that could happen, from the good to the bad, but focusing more on things going wrong.
This could be anything from big presentations, job interviews, internship opportunities, and family get-togethers to things on a much smaller scale like asking my boss for a day off to spend time with family or even sending an email.
My dad calls this process playing the tape. And for me, the best way to combat this symptom of my anxiety is to be kindly reminded when I am doing it. If someone does not tell me. I cannot pick up on it myself.
That is all to have to say tonight.
I know this post was kinda all over the place but it was on my mind and I wanted to get it written out. Have a good day/night

xx
Ana

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Change of Blog Title!

Me, Dazed and Confused.. also slightly blurry


Hi everyone! Welcome to the new and improved Sprinkles in my Tea! Here is a bit of a “Get to Know Me” Tag while I figure out what exactly I’m gonna do with this little corner of the internet! I did not make this tag but I lost the information on who did… so if this is yours Credit goes to where it is deserved. 

I would love to see what you guys have for answers!!

 

25 Get to Know Me Q’s

1. What is your middle name?: Marie, just like my Granny and my Late Great Gramma ❤

2. What was favorite subject at school?: SCIENCE! and I also love history.

3. What is your favorite drink?: Arnold Palmer or Cranberry and Sprite

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?: Wasted by The Summer Set (Anybody a Halfmoonkid??) (also this is going up on a Monday, how was your weekend??)

5. What is your favorite food?: My favorite is a toss up between Presuto with Star Bread, it’s an Italian meat and the star bread actually looks like an H, and my dad makes the BEST chicken and broccoli alfredo.

6. What is the last thing you bought?: Movie Tickets, Me and my yonger brother went to see Now You See Me 2.

7. Favorite book of all time?: The Help is my absolute favorite book and my favorite YA book is The Naturals Series by Jennifer Lyne Barnes.

8. Favorite Color?: Orange! I love it so much for my High School graduation gift my dad bought me an orange Cross Trek

9. Do you have any pets?: Nope, unless you count all my brothers.

10. Favorite Perfume?: I prefer body sprays, anything with a light floral or vanilla smell. Nothing too strong!

11. Favorite Holiday?: I was never a fan of holidays growing up, lots of family drama. I do like Halloween and Thanksgiving.

12. Are you married?: Nopeee.

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I have never left the USA.

14. Do you speak any other language?: Only English Fluently but my father speaks fluent greek. I am trying to learn through Rosetta Stone. I know the basics but I hope to become fluent.

15. How many siblings do you have?: I have 5 siblings. 1 older brother, 3 younger brothers and a younger sister.

16. What is your favorite shop?: My top favorite store is a toss between Barns and Noble and Michaels Craft store.

17. Favorite restaurant?: Umm I’m super spoiled when it comes to cooking, my Dad is a chef and so are my older brother and grandfather. My favorite childhood restaurant was near my late great-grandmother’s house and it has since shut down. I haven’t found a better restaurant yet but I will be moving just over an hour out of Boston in the fall so plenty of new places to try!

18. When was the last time you cried?: I don’t remember…

19. Favorite Blog?: I am just getting into other people’s blogs. For so long I have tried to keep my own but I always get away from it.

20. Favorite Movie?: It’s not really a movie but I love SyFy mini-series, my top favorite is Tin Man. My favorite DCOM is Luck of The Irish, and my favorite Disney/Pixar movie is UP. But my favorite Movie would have to be the fourth Harry Potter Film.

21. Favorite TV shows?: First and foremost Arrow, Stephen Amell is my Celebrity crush. Then Once Upon a Time, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Girl Meets world (I watched the entirety of Boy meets world and I’m very invested in Cory Matthew’s story line)

22. PC or Mac?: PC 🙂

23. What phone do you have?: I have a Samsung Galaxy S5

24. How tall are you?: Somewhere between 5 foot 3 and 5 foot 4 (or about 160 cm)

25. Can you cook?: mhmm (:

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Out of control

Hiya,

Its been a while since I did a very sit done and have a chat kind of post.

Alot has been happening latley, I got my first rejection as far as the book is concerned. That was much easier then I thought. It was all over email, I sent my query in along with my first 30 pages and I waited, and waited and waited. When i finally heard back it was a very quick we arent the right fit. I had definitely hoped for a yes but am really okay with the no. This just means that I am one step closer to finding the person who will work with me and my book to make it the best it can be.
Point 2, my dad is in the process of moving. Which means I am in the process of moving. 100% not glamorous I promis you. The days of pintrest boards and fun ideas are long gone and at this point I just want the whole process to be over. I want the few times a week I actually have a chance to speak with him to stop being overshadowed by spreadsheets and which dish set to buy.
The semester is also ending. Finals are coming up, classes are wrapping up and my tolarence for stupid is at an all time short. I cannot wait for the next few weeks to end.
This is why I have have been a bit come and go with posts latley but fingers crossed and knock on wood things will settle down in the next few weeks.

I wish you short study nights, lots of hearty meals and good luck on finals and writting bits.

I will post again soon pinkie swear!!

Xx

Ana

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NEW STUDIES SHOW, People are People too

Have you ever completely ignored your check out person, gave attitude to the waitstaff at a restaurant, been just a little too short with the tech support call in service or didn’t even say hi to your cabbie? News flash these people, they are people too. They have has just as long of a day as you have especially when it gets a little too close to closing time.

First and foremost these people have total control of your situation for the 15 minutes to two hours you have to deal with them. (Samantha, 2013)

Second of all, they are there to help you, they want to get you served and get you out asap. I’m sorry, you are not the MVP of that store or the restaurant and they do not wait eagerly for your arrival. They are much more eager for your depart. It may be a hard pill to swallow but… its the truth.

Finally, these people do not make the prices or decide how much of something to order. They get shipments from Corp. and they are already priced. In some occasions they may have a friends and family discount, I promise you will not even see the chance to receive it if you are a complete a** hole. If you have any chance in hell of getting that discount, just be nice. Start with hello, and if there really was a problem with your service go fill out the stupid survey after you leave.

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Magic

July 19th, 2015

Do You Believe?

Is it real?

Is it just a fun excuse to explain  coincidence?

Can things like rocks, the moon, the tide or a few words really change the outcome of a situation?

I don’t think there are facts to back up any of these questions.

I remember being younger, 12 or 13 and my mom’s roommate at the time would read tarot cards. She had spell books and pretty jewelry. I am far from educated on this topic I just had a sudden curiosity on the validity of the phrase, “it was magic.” I use this all the time to give a simple answer to things in life that leave me in awe. Many times I am sure there is a scientific explanation but sometimes it’s just fun to leave it up to a little bit of magic.

Just some late night thoughts my lovelies,

Ana