I have to share with everyone that I have the flu! This is the very first time that I have had the flu-- in my entire life! It's been a rough couple of days around here because before I had the flu, Lillian was sick. So we have had a lot of busy nights around here.

I haven't been sick since October when I had my sinus infection and oh boy, the flu is a beast! I have heard that it lasts over a week. I woke up Sunday feeling sick so hopefully it will pass soon. I mentioned this before, but when I was young I would just let my immune system do the fighting.

Now, I am older and much wiser and know that you have to fight these things head on!!!! I have my alternating Advil and Tylenol, decongestant, cough syrup, Airborne, fluids, soup, heating pad, cozy pillows, tea, and cough drops. The worst part of the flu is when my Advil wears off and my body starts aching like crazy!!! 

I have to so much to share about our trip to Hearst Castle and Santa Barbara and am hoping to do that this week depending on how I am feeling! Some people emailed me asking if I was taking a break from the blog and no, I am not. A lot of people I know look at their blog as a pain, something that is hard to do when they are busy. I find it the opposite- I find that it is therapeutic, especially when I am at my busiest. It's my way of meditating before or after a long day and I have actually missed writing and posting.

One thing to mention is that one of my goals for 2017 is to have a calm experience. What I mean is that in 2016 I felt like I was running from meeting to meeting, taking on a lot of personal and professional work, and constantly had a long list of to-do items. For 2017 I am wrapping up projects, cutting back on some things, and hoping to spend my time focusing on family and health. I felt in 2016 I barely had time to exercise.

We tend to think of New Year's resolutions are something you add into your life: cook more, travel more, read more, whatever more. My approach is less so that I can enjoy everything I am doing and have more balance.

Have any tips for treating the flu? Send my way, please!


Lifestylecaroline curran