Love & Lifestyle by Lizzie

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I’m 39 weeks pregnant and spending as much time as possible relaxing, but I’m also always wrapped up in a project (cleaning, writing, organizing). I’ve remained busy and active throughout my pregnancy, which I recommend to any woman who’s thinking about becoming pregnant, or whose currently expecting. I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be starting a new blog series called The Greyson Diaries to inspire other mama bears and to write about anything and everything I experience as a fun, young mama! Stay tuned ✨

Love

December has arrived and with this sparkly, celebratory month comes a lot of pressure and stress when it comes to love. Let’s dive into the December 2018 love horoscope…

December is going to be an intense month for all of us (single or taken) and it will be an important time as we near 2019. Pay attention to signs, emotions, and moments. The end of the year is upon us (ahhh, here we go again) and it’s always a time for reflection, renewal, and a much-needed refresh. It’s a time to review and make moves! Whether you’re single and on the hunt for a new, inspiring flame, or you’re happily taken and simply remembering what you deserve and desire. Sagittarius rules December and the sign that controls this month reminds us to look ahead, while still making smart decisions now, for a beautiful 2019.

This month will be about growing and changing, without repeating the mistakes and same old lessons of our past. December is about listening to your heart and your head. Even if you’re happily entangled with your lover, that doesn’t mean there aren’t topics you’d like to discuss and issues you’d like to resolve. Now is the time! Love can make us silly, stupid, and blind. Sometimes, we imagine things to be different than the way they actually are. I’ve been there…and other times we know the painful truth, but we’re afraid of change and the fear of being alone.

I remember a few years back, when I was still with my ex, it was late December and we were having issues…once again. We were over and I had known that to be true for a while, but I am madly in love with the snow and this time of year. There’s something magical and whimsical about the Holiday season, snow, and the colder months. I remember feeling so angry and upset towards my ex, but we were about to have our first, big snowstorm of the season (which I always like to watch from the window and enjoy) and I didn’t want to watch the snow fall, alone. I invited him to watch the first snowfall with me and in the end, it made me feel even worse because we were over. I should’ve spent that evening alone; there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the moments we love by ourselves, but I was afraid. I’m telling you this flashback because I know so much more now than I did in the past (that’s called growth, my loves). It’s okay to be scared and it’s better to be alone than to repeat past mistakes. What’s the definition of insanity?*

I am very lucky to be cozy with my love this year and insanely happy and excited about our baby (who will be arriving soon). It took me years to make it through the heartache, betrayal, and pain from my past and to find Andrew. The road was long and lonely at times, but I’m thankful for the climb because my view now is unbelievable. I never expected that I’d be where I am today (becoming a mama) or that I’d meet someone as loving, amazing, and special as Andrew…but I did. If you’re still on the search for your love, don’t give up. I promise you, it’ll happen. It’ll happen when you least expect it and the moment will shake you in the most electrifying way. I still remember looking into Andrew’s eyes, smiling at each other, and knowing he was different. He was the one. If you’re happily taken and ready for yet another Holiday season I wish you cozy, loving moments, but I remind you to deal with anything that is bothering you this month. January is a fresh start…

Lifestyle

Hanukkah began December 2 and we enjoyed a nice, home-cooked meal (thanks to my mom) and we lit my mother’s gorgeous menorah. It’s a special time and for those celebrating The Festival of Lights, I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful and healthy Hanukkah. I grew up with multiple traditions and I was raised Catholic and Jewish. Yes, I always had a menorah lit and an overly decorated Christmas tree to wake up to. I’ve always celebrated all Jewish holidays and Catholic holidays. I’ve always appreciated Hanukkah, just as much as I appreciate the magic of Christmas. I never believed in Santa though (just a little fact about me)*. Those who know me very well know that I’m not a religious person. I attended Catholic services a few times and I used to attend synagogue when I was a little girl, but I’m very relaxed when it comes to religion. I also attended a private, Jewish school when for a few years (learned and experienced a lot). I believe in nature, animals, and positivity. I respect Judaism and Catholicism fully though because I was raised with both religions and countless traditions. As I await the birth of my first child, traditions are incredibly important to me.

I’ve been asked before if growing up Catholic and Jewish made the Holidays confusing or conflicting and my answer has always been, no. I learned so much and have always looked forward to the Holiday season (including both religions and every celebration). I was surrounded by my Italian, Catholic relatives and my Eastern-European, Jewish relatives growing up and I experienced incredible moments with all of my family. I will always remember and miss our big, family Passover seders in Manhattan, and the warm, cozy Christmas mornings spent at my grandma’s house in North Jersey. I want Greyson to learn about both religions, enjoy the sparkly, fun traditions and I will never pressure my child to feel any type of way towards religion. Again, I was never pressured or raised religiously, but I truly appreciate what I grew up with. I had the freedom to discover my own beliefs and values.

What are your traditions? What do you value and cherish? Do you have any new traditions this year? Some of you may be incredibly religious and others may simply enjoy the fun of the Holidays and the sparkle (that’s okay). Regardless of what you believe in, love, and focus on this time of year, the Holidays are more than religion. This time of year is about feeling thankful, giving to those less fortunate (animals included), cherishing the little moments, and spending time with those we love. It isn’t about gifts or decorations.*

I want everyone to cherish the glittery, beautiful moments as we near 2019! It doesn’t matter what you choose to celebrate, but I thought I’d share my traditions, since many struggle with combining traditions with a significant other this time of year. Celebrate love, family, and friends (the rest will fall into place). Happy Hanukkah and cheers to December!

Xo

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The Author

Hi loves, I'm a New Jersey writer, published author, and blogger with an immense passion for love, lifestyle, and drama. I have personally worked in the fashion/marketing industry since age sixteen, which drives my passion for fashion, design, and creativity. If you need someone to talk to, I'm always here. Xo Instagram: lizziemognoni Email: lizziemognoni@gmail.com

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