What is wrong with me?! Who responds to low blood sugar while Christmas shopping at Target and relieves the pressure with nine doublestuf Oreos whilst picking out stocking stuffers for herself like Belly Dance DVDs? Lifeyum Lisa here, who promises to stop writing run-on sentences in the third person narrative. Right now.

lots of late night wrapping ahead

Blame it on the winter solstice — the shortest (and darkest) day and longest night of the year. Blame it on the six sweet peas who are so, so excited for a magical Christmas.

I tried to turn things around this morning. I felt out of sorts from the moment I rolled out of bed. A soy Chai latte did little to lift the veil. Superstar yoga instructor Emily brought me out of my head and into my breath for a power and sweat-filled hour. But I still can’t believe how badly I binged this afternoon.

Was it exhaustion? Dehydration? Needing a little love in the form of nutritionally void, sugar-charged doublestuf Oreos? Whatever it was, I want to acknowledge it, say thank you for the intense sugar rush that made my whole body feel tingly and funny, and use this as a winter solstice realignment.

So, as people throughout the Northern Hemisphere celebrate the gradual return of longer days through rituals, festivals, celebrations, and holidays, I’m vowing to reignite positive energy in my little world. Back to healthy, happy, simple; an occasional binge isn’t going to take me down.

I leave you with a description of  The Winter Solstice Festival from Wikipedia: Main article: Dōngzhì Festival

The Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter (Chinese and Japanese: 冬至Korean: 동지; VietnameseĐông chí) (PinyinDōng zhì), (RōmajiTōji), (Romaja:Dongji) is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during thedongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in.

Winter solstice

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