Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is stressful…..  I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.


Stressful – something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety;
a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work

~ Merriam-Webster


I probably don’t need to remind you that we’re in a very stressful time of year. In addition to all of our usual responsibilities, we have Christmas decorations to put up, cards to get into the mail, shopping to do, baking to complete, menus to make – the list goes on and on! 

Having been raised by a woman who could put Martha Stewart to shame on Christmas day, I have very big shoes to fill! Or should I say, perfectly-coordinated-to-my-Christmas-outfit shoes to fill.

Surprisingly, it’s not any of these things that cause stress for me. I’ve got this handled. Multiple lists, staying up later if necessary, grocery shopping at 6 AM on Christmas Eve – I was trained well. Heck, I can get more done than ten of Santa’s elves if I set my mind to it.

It’s the other interruptions into my busy schedule that cause stress. You know – the fun stuff. Case in point – my dear Cruiser friend Carolyn will be in town next week and is trying to get a lunch together so she can see as many Cruisers as possible in one stop. She suggested December 23 or after Christmas as proposed dates for lunch. What? Take the time two days before Christmas to enjoy a relaxing lunch with wonderful friends? Who has time for that? 

Apparently most of the Cruisers do… I was one of only a couple of people who couldn’t do the 23rd, and that’s because they were traveling. So guess what! I’m going to put my big girl running shorts on, and join in on the fun. And yes, it’s guaranteed to be fun – it’s the Cruisers after all!

Afterward, I’ll plan even more meticulously, I’ll ask for help if I need it, and I might even let a few things slide by without getting done, but I am not going to miss out on the fun with the Cruisers just because it’s two days before Christmas, and I have a list of self-imposed things “that must be done.” Who needs that stress?


A fun side note to the picture I used in the Wednesday Word poster at the top of the page… While making drinks at a Cruisers party with my friend Alan, I realized we were using a Georgia Tech shot glass. GT’s football team causes me much stress every time my Hokies play them; and this particular picture was taken just four weeks after the No. 19 Yellow Jackets upset our No. 4 Hokies. Talk about stress!


What do you find stressful?


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Next Wednesday’s Word:  Joy