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Going with the holiday flow

There’s no place like home for the holidays.

But getting there can be trying for all of us. No matter how far (or how close) from home you are.

Holidays, as I’ve said before, are STRESSFUL.

Plane flights from Florida to Georgia round-trip were ridiculous. I was worried about getting home AND getting presents. And I ‘m so grateful and lucky because I have a good friend in Florida who is also from Georgia, from a town a little over an hour away from my little hometown of Madison. (See “Simple life is best” and “Georgia homesick” to read about my amazing Southern town!) My girlfriend offered to drive me up and I’m taking a one-way flight back down when it’s time to go home. She rocks my socks off.

What  a trip we had!

Back country roads, crazy (good) conversations, and a battle with patience. Riding with a friend is amazing–the time flew by and we had a great time.

But the trip reminded me–both in in-depth conversation with my friend and a good dose of reality–that there’s nothing like going with the flow.

We each got up around 3:30 am and were on the road at four-something!  At 5:50 am we stopped for gas, bathroom, and coffee/food.

And locked our keys in the car.

Which is not the best thing to do at the crack of dawn before the holidays. When it is cold out. And you are at some random interstate junction in Florida. And the cell phones are in the car.  EEP!

Don’t we look pathetic?!?

Thankfully we had our wallets. And she had her work blackberry in hers! And I have AAA.  Thank goodness for AAA!!!

We spent some quality time at McDonald’s. I had my first taste of McDonald’s food since freshman year of college!! And my stomach was like, WOAHHHH what is this? But it was a lesson in going with the flow. In patience.  And sometimes, my high maintenance super healthy attempts at eating need to go on pause. (Though I totally *have* had Chick-fil-a in the past year. MMM. Chick-fil-a biscuits… NOM NOM NOM.) And McDonald’s may have made me feel a bit wonky for the rest of the day, but it didn’t kill me. And it was oddly mctasty.

And we couldn’t do anything but be patient and calm about the car. As my friend Evelynn said, “well, there’s nothing we can do about it so no point getting angry or worrying.”  Good point friend! What was done was done and all we could do was stay calm, solve the problem, and wait until we could get back on the road. And be glad we were somewhere safe!!

After waiting and waiting and waiting super duper patiently, AAA’s man (still in his pajamas and totally out of it) came and unlocked the door for us! He may have been half-asleep, but he sure was our hero!

We got back on the road before daylight! Thanks Mr. Sleepy Hungover Pajama Man!

Thanks AAA!

We drove through small town after small town. Saw lots of men in trucks and camouflage. (It’s deer hunting season here in Georgia!) Red Georgia clay surrounded us. Georgia pine trees. Lots of small town Christmas decorations. Country music. Confederate war cemeteries. Cotton farm after cotton farm. And we had long talks about ourselves, our attitudes, boys, life in general. And talked a lot about the importance of patience and letting life just flow.

I need to work on that this holiday season. I am sooo neurotic sometimes, y’all! And try to control things. And spend too much time worrying about what others think of me. And worrying in general. It’s not healthy, y’all!

It’s time to stop that NOW and just FLOW like a river.

Isn’t that what we’re supposed to learn from yoga? I decided that’s why I teach yoga, meditation, and present moment awareness.  It’s an area of my life that I’m not the best at (but learning constantly) and so, by learning to TEACH, I become better at it myself.  And the more I surround myself with others who let go and let flow (or at least try), the better off I will be!

It’s hard, y’all.  Do you flow at the holidays? Do you flow at other times of the year? Or do you, like me, find it to be a continual struggle?

And GUESS WHAT!?!? At around 12:30 in the afternoon, we made it to her house in Georgia!

We’re here!!!!

Celebrations!! We arrived at our destination!

Now I’m ready for my Christmas in Dixie.

There’s nothing like it.

Hope y’all are staying calm, finding the flow this Holiday season, and enjoying your family and friends.

Christmas is ALMOST here. Yippee y’all!


  • runningbetty

    December 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    we’ve had to go with the flow too. Brian’s dad went to the hospital with chest pain and is now in surgery. Christmas eve is his favorite day, and he’ll probably spend it Skyping from a hospital bed while the whole family is around his tree πŸ™

    • Lora

      December 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Oh noes!! I hope Brian’s Daddy will be ok! I will keep you all in my thoughts!! HUG!