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It’s a time honored tradition in my family to cut down our Christmas tree (we’re Oregonians, afterall).

This year was different, though, and not a good different.  

Our lush-green Christmas tree farm looked more like a tree desert with scattered stumps, Charlie Brown trees or giant trees.

As we hiked further I wondered if we’d find a tree.

The fun of the tradition was starting to feel like sadness from change.

Memories flashed through my mind of “the way things were” and the sadness grew.

The holidays can have a way of setting the scene for fun and joy and then ending up with sadness and disappointment.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. That’s why this whole issue of Ease Magazine is about INTENTION.

I realized this on the Christmas tree farm when the sadness was growing, and then I remembered that I could choose how to view the situation.

As Marcel Proust says, “The real journey of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.”

In that moment I decided to love whatever tree we got, even if it was the same size as my toddler or if we had to lop the top off.


I decided it was going to be FUN ANYWAY.

And then, just like that, it felt fun again. It felt new. And I spotted a beautiful tree in the distance that we ended up taking home.

You get to choose too.

Your intention is a game changer. Make a cup of tea, cozy up and enjoy this holiday issue of Ease.


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