Christmas love–2013

xmas smaller in NewburyportThe cards are sent, the gifts have been exchanged among loved ones, and I am off today from working my fun, part-time, retail holiday job in a gourmet food store.

Now, I am sitting amidst the silence I have welcomed after meeting with friends and family.

Feeling the grace of the day, I am in touch with love and the moments that matter.

Being part of your life these past several years has enriched me as a writer, marketer, life coach, mother, businesswoman, friend and colleague.  I am touched by those who took the time to post a comment or share a thought, or reach out to me in kindness and care.  My heart is full and freer than it has ever been, as I stay open to connecting to a power greater than me, which is the true source of love.


Here are a few of my observations of the season:

  • Love and pride cannot co-exist.  No matter how much someone has hurt you, digging deep into forgiveness is a choice that helps you live “large” for yourself–and also can raise the bar for the recipient.  Extend yourself beyond where your ego may want you to go.
  • My favorite gifts were the times I spent with friends, ensuring we got together no matter how hectic our lives were.
  • Taking time to express appreciation keeps our hearts open.  As tired as I was after standing on my feet all day, I am glad I made time to write and mail Christmas cards.
  • Amazing miracles occur every day.  It often takes quiet time to feel them.  The gift of being able to walk to work, errands and friends’ homes on quaint back roads of Newburyport –or along the water inhaling fresh air and the beauty of nature –is one of my many blessings.
  • Being with your children and those you love takes on a different meaning when you transgress the past, and stay in the moment with those placed before you with no judgments or expectations.  My gift was seeing and hearing my children differently than in years before, when their younger souls needed more coddling.  As they are now growing into young adults, I have learned to serve them in a more detached, mentor role so they can continue to spread their wings and express their uniqueness.  One is building her own nest; the other is readying to leave the home that was the foundation of his youth.  Even though I miss “my babies” and know those younger years flew by way too fast, I am learning to smile in awe at the continued unfolding of their souls.  “Let go, let go, let go,” are the words that keep coming to me. The other message whispered as I stood before two children who are now both taller and smarter than me:  “It is good and right and okay that their lives are expanding.  You are growing, too, in your new freedom.  Celebrate new beginnings.”
  • Joy is our birthright and doing something every day that uplifts you  (or another) is important.  Writing is one of my greatest joys.  Hence, I chose to create a blog for Christmas.

Merry Christmas, dear readers.

Many of you have asked where I have been since posting my last blog in May.  I look forward to sharing in 2014 the inner workings of my soul as I reinvented my life this past year—trusting the right timing and pace for sharing will emerge.  Stay tuned.

My heartfelt blessings to you all,






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  • Elissa says:


    Thanks for your heartfelt wisdom + sharings! May 2014 be bright + buddhaful!

    Love + Light
    Elissa from buddhaful souls yoga studio

  • Gail mcmeekin says:

    Hi Gail,
    Great article and those two new photo’s of you are fabulous! How great that you made your dream come true and got to Newburyport.
    Happy New Year!

  • Gail,

    You are an inspiration . The words you weave create a beautiful tapestry of emotions with such clarity . I always feel “uplifted” and just where I should be at this time.
    With affection & appreciation,
    Ann Marie

  • Dick Joseph says:

    Gail, It is so nice to see your blog again. I am certain that 2014 will be a great year for you. Your words about the kids hit home with me….my two are graduating from college this year. I can remember walking them to their first day of kindergarten more than 16 years ago! It has been an incredible journey.

    All my best wishes to you.
    Dick Joseph

    • Gail says:

      Dick: Thanks for appreciating my blog…I guess absence really does make the heart (or reader) grow fonder. I needed time to assimilate all the changes I’m embracing so I can truly “walk my talk” when I guide others through my coaching via the written word. Amazing that your twins are graduating college this year…what an achievement! Your recalling walking them to kindergarten on their first day brought a tear to my eye…just think, we’ll be sharing stories about grandchildren one day. YIKES! Happy New Year…Wishing the best for you, Gail

  • Cindy says:


    How wonderful that you are now spending your days in beautiful Newburyport. I miss that lovely place and am glad you are able to enjoy it. How nice to hear about your children and the journeys they are taking as they grow. May you have a wonderful 2014.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks, Cindy: As you know first-hand, there is something magical about Newburyport–particularly as a place to make a major life transition like becoming an empty nester. I am sure you are making your own discoveries in your lifestyle as a retiree. You have worked so hard for this special time in life. May you savor all your “free time” in 2014–long overdue. Love, Gail

  • Linda says:

    Yay! Your blog is back. I missed it! Your observations are just wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing yourself with us, again.

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