CASIGY’s Secrets to Overcoming Holiday Blues – Creative, Sensitive, Introverted Gifted People

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In the northern hemisphere, December brings darkness, and with it the blues and for some, depression too. As the loss of light progresses, veils of separation may also thin, connecting us more easily to our inner depths. Old issues we have dealt with can resurface, sometimes with an intensity that belies the work we have already done with them. Typical CASIGY (Creative, Sensitive, Acutely, Aware, Introverted, Gifted) issues such as inferiority, perfectionism, and belonging rear their ugly heads with a vengeance. New ones may wiggle in, too. Then there’s the waning economy; the holidays; you name it. The darkness outside us …

Ready or Not, the Holidays are Coming!

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Do you dread the holidays? Eagerly anticipate them? Do both at once? Here’s CSIGY (Creative, Sensitive, Introverted, Gifted) Tips and Tools to Stay Balanced Through the Holidays: Hollywood’s images of perfect family holidays set up unrealistic expectations that can never be met. Let’s face it, we can’t possibly measure up to the Norman Rockwell or “It’s a Wonderful Life” ideal. So why not take the pressure off to be perfect and enjoy the season? If your well-being has become the last priority in your life, it’s time to learn how to EEEK your way through the holidays.” EEEK stands for …

How to Get Unstuck

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Do you ever feel stuck? Find one thing piling on top of another? I can relate. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re getting stuck until we’re immobilized. For CASIGY’s, this can look like over-committing time, having too much to do with it all seeming crucial, or being interested in so many things that we have trouble choosing among them which leads to getting paralyzed and doing nothing. It can take many forms. The question is, how do we get unstuck when we’re stuck? Before we consider that, another question begs asking: What’s a CASIGY? CASIGY™ is an acronym for Creative, Acutely …

On the Road to First Grade

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The quilt, finished except for the label, was a small burgundy, mauve and ivory watercolor heart-shaped wall hanging. It took many moons to make, and I was tempted to skip the label. Painters sign their work on the front; quilt artists make a label for the back. But I just wanted to be done with it.  I hate making quilt labels, because I never know what to say on them. So I pinned the quilt on my design wall, sat down to consider it, and asked myself:  “What have we here?” The next moment, I was listening with my memory. …