Holiday Gift Ideas

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If you’ve been interested in purchasing one of my art prints, or are looking for holiday gift ideas, stop by my Society6 store and have a look. There are several 24-Hour promotions* that you can take advantage of, including free shipping on everything! Here is what you can save and when:

Nov 18: $5 Off all Mugs and Stationary Cards (coffee, travel, and metal travel mugs)

Nov 20: 15% Off Everything – Your time to buy art prints and framed art prints at a discount!

Nov 21: $5 Off Stocking Stuffers (phone cases, tote bags, carry-all pouches, leggings, t-shirts, v-necks, all-over print tees, biker tanks, tank tops, tapestries, coffee mugs, travel mugs, metal travel mugs, art prints, stationery cards)

Nov 22: $6 Off all Tech (all phone cases, phone skins, laptop sleeves, laptop skins)

Nov 23: $5 Off all Apparel (t-shirts, v-necks, long sleeves, hoodies, leggings, totes, carry-all pouches, biker tanks, tank tops). I don’t have a lot to offer in this area, but definitely check out all the other cool artists with fantastic work you can wear!

* All Promotions Start at 12:00 AM PT and End at 11:59 PM PT for the select date. All discounts automatically applied. No promo code needed.

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SAD is real. Santa is not.

anxiety, education, Health, mental health, therapy

I just figured out that SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) has hit me. This time of year is difficult for me. I become irritable, negative, and am so not able to motivate myself to do much except to tell people to “bite me” (in my head). I also just feel like laying in bed all day. It doesn’t help that this season is not my favorite.

Winter also comes with reasons to be unhappy. It’s cold and rainy, for instance. It won’t stop till May. Seriously. Then there are all the cheery people that make me want to puke. And the greediness and hoarding associated with holiday shopping is just depressing.

Christmas as a child was simple and it still is with my family. As kids, My brother and I were lucky to be able to open our presents after midnight mass. It was technically the 25th, so why not? We’d eat some bread and meat or a bowl of arrozcaldo (chicken, ginger, garlic, rice porridge). We might even visit a friend’s house to say hi and eat food there. At max, we each would get three or four small gifts. We stayed up late and watched movies under blankets and fell asleep only to wake up to more food.

Lately, I’ve associated Christmas with leaving for and being in airports for hours, shopping last minute for people, being away from home and seeing children get 10-20 gifts each from a fictional being called Santa. No. I never believed in Santa and I don’t like his being pushed at me every year. Your parents got you those gifts with their hard earned money because they believe you’re special and worthy, not a commercialized character that went from a svelte Saint to an obese sponsor of soda (not that he had a choice). It matters more that your parents believe in you, not Santa. Because Santa won’t feed, clothe, and cheer for you the rest of the year. He won’t be there to pay your tuition, either. So there’s that.

The omnipresence of Christmas at this time has hardened me somehow. I can’t escape it, and whatever good comes from it is overshadowed by the commercialism and greediness of some people. I have to actively look for the good in it or just stay home and avoid the world. Yes, this is all my problem. It’s all in my head. But I accept this and live with the feelings this season gives me every year.