#35 The Season Of Light: Learning From Yule + Winter’s Gift of Darkness and holiday blues

With JD Founder, Alyssa--What are the roots of modern day Christmas traditions? How can you deal with Winter's darkness and what can we learn from it, and how do you deal with holiday blues? This is my favorite time of the year, but for a lot of folks, they struggle with the holidays and winter, and also with the way of the world right now, it doesn't feel super jolly. I've been there. 

In this episode, we talk about celebrating the light, exploring the dark, and being the light, especially in darkness, while also investigating the Pagan roots behind Christmas, which I find fascinating! I even offer up some journal prompts to keep your spirits bright and how to use these darker months to prep for 2018. + bonus Yule Log craft idea! 

Find us on iTunes at Self Care Spotlight!


  • Why I love Christmas (it's not the gifts)
  • Yule: The Pagan roots of Christmas traditions
  • The saddest Christmas of my life
  • How to deal with holiday blues
  • Winter + introspection, planning, & healing
  • Listening to Mother Nature
  • Self care rituals + journal prompts for the Winter months


Learn about Alyssa:

Alyssa is the founder of The Journal Deck and a yoga + meditation teacher who believes that self care has the ability to change the world, and she is on a mission to help others live in alignment with their Truth. 

With personal experience in breaking the norm and walking away from a 9-5 future, and first-hand experience in the healing power of self care and self love after major life challenges, Alyssa is able to guide others in living their best life full of trust, grace, flow, clarity, and abundance. 

She runs yoga retreats, teaches full time, and is very active in her local wellness community in Pittsburgh, PA. Her most recent passion project is The Journal Deck, a fusion of oracle cards meets journal prompts for self care, clarity, and personal growth. She believes in the power of writing it out to clear it out.

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