Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Where are my “Christmas Vacation” lovers at? Seriously, friends, this is one of my FAVORITE holiday movies. I have watched this movie with my parents every year, probably before it was appropriate, and it never gets old. As I was snuggled in my jammies, glass of wine in hand (obvi) enjoying this tradition with my parents on the night of Thanksgiving after the toddler was asleep and the deer hunters were off, a funny thought washed over me…”Christmas Vacation” is not only a treasured holiday classic, in my humble opinion, but also an accurate depiction of 2020. Allow me to take you on a journey, “Christmas Vacation” GIF style!
So, so, so much excitement and hope! A new year, new decade. Dreams and goals...I’m coming for ya’!
Corona what? Not the beer? Hmmm...okay...whatever..
Spring break plans, school closure, stay-at-home orders, impending zombie apocalypse...wtf just happened?!?
The pep talk...over and over and over again. Still hopeful...the end is near...it can’t last THAT long…
May - June 2020
Pretty much speaks for itself...amirite?!?
Home improvement projects...I mean...what else are we gonna do? Looking for the upside of things. Again.
Is it safe to venture out?!? Maybe...maybe not!!!
Really?!? Really?!? You have to ask!
What? I’m just problem solving over here. I’m fine, we’re find, everything’s fine...
Pretty much sums it up...thanks, Cousin Eddy!
#nailedit...bha ha ha! Laugh or cry...I choose to laugh!
See what I mean, friends? This movie totally sums it up! All joking aside there is a bigger message than just these funny GIFs. The movie starts with Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase’s character, declaring his excitement for a “big old-fashioned family Christmas”, and his wife is worried that the reality won’t live up to his expectations. Guess what? There is one disaster after another, including the annoying and uninvited appearance of THAT relative, Cousin Eddy...a fitting character to play Covid in 2020, don’t you think?
Ever the optimist, Clark makes the best of every twist and turn that is thrown at him. Tree burns down? Chop down one from your yard. Random relative shows up? Invite him in (well, the kids in but let Eddy stay in the RV in the driveway). Irritating in-laws? Love on them anyway. He chooses to roll with the punches and make the best of the situation. His “old-fashioned family Christmas” did NOT unfold the way he thought but, guess what? It turned out pretty awesome in the end...well, definitely something I’m sure could be talked about for years. You know, if this was a real family in real life...lol. We can all agree 2020 was not what any of us expected but there were unexpected blessings and lessons, if you just take a look below the surface. Be like Clark Griswold and find the positive!
Here’s to putting 2020 behind us, taking the blessings and lessons with us, and ringing in 2021! Shine on!
P.S. Be prepared for a good old-fashioned awkward hug from me as soon as it is allowed. I’m a gonna be hugging everyone. You’ve been warned!
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.