Escaping Your Everyday Pressures

Boo! It’s Halloween month! I must admit that Halloween has never been that big a deal on my holiday calendar. This year, though, I’m starting to get the itch. Monica Davis, our support person at Women’s Edition, has worked with us for just a short time, but she is Halloween crazy! The holiday has been a big day for her ever since she was little. Every year, she takes on a second job and works at a Halloween store here in town.

That got me thinking: Why is Halloween so important to people? Revenue-wise, it is the second biggest holiday, right behind Christmas. My theory? It’s a great escape from our day-to-day worries. As moms of little kids, we can get wrapped up helping our kids pick out the best possible costumes. As adults celebrating Halloween, we can throw costume parties that allow us to dress up and become someone else for a night. Hey, everyone wants to pretend, right? The best part of all of this is that there is no harm, no foul. A brief escape from our everyday pressures is always a good thing.

Day-to-day pressures have a way of catching up to us—silently. We live our lives and keep going and going. All of this stuff needs to happen—our work, our kids, our houses. Before we know what has happened, we sometimes feel as if we are running “outside of our breath.” (That was my late husband, Jim’s, saying.) Think about running a race. Running, running, running…trying to keep up with the pack. Before we know it, we are having a hard time breathing; we are running outside our breath. Guess what happens next? We fall behind. Sometimes, we even fall down.

I must admit that I have been doing a lot of this over the past couple of years. Too much to do, too little time to get it done. Owning two businesses has been a real challenge. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had a night out last night with my friend, Paula. We went to dinner, stopped in at a jazz bar, and then stopped into my bar/restaurant Bricks & Mortar Bar and Bistro in the Old Market. We had one cocktail and left. I didn’t get “stuck,” like I have for the last two years. We ended up at another place in the Old Market, just talking and watching people. I had fun. I hadn’t had that kind of night in a very long time. I almost felt like I was pretending to be a different person! No, I wasn’t in costume, but it was just the escape I needed.

Plan your escape! Have a great month, get crazy, pick out the perfect costumes for you and your kids. We’ll talk next month!

Positive Thought of the Month

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not
for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.
Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”
—Charles R. Swindoll


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