by CeeCee Collins

This article seemed timely as we enter the “darker days,” of the year. Some people tell me they get seasonal affective disorder where they feel like they are getting up, going to work, coming home, taking care of family, and then repeating (think the movie Groundhog Day).

The repetitive nature of not doing anything for yourself or interesting can start to take a toll and you become depressed.

This has snuck up on me a few times. I do try to combat the SAD feeling by lining up activities and experiences that I’ve not tried before. Some ideas are a cooking class (Out of Thyme), a painting class-this saved me during Covid, and I did like 3 classes, Lemons and Limes offers many different types of learning experiences. You could try a new gym-check out Hotworx-for a warm to your bones work out or Activate Brain and Body to wake your brain up while working out, or Power Ryde for a very stimulating stationary bike riding experience.

My husband and I have been doing some symphony experiences. We went to a really cool one with a James Bond theme.

The article included today is about laughter. Who doesn’t like to laugh? When I have a good laugh, I think wow, when was the last time I’ve laughed that hard?!? It’s not enough! I’m watching a dark comedy called Afterlife with Ricky Gervais-stay with it. It is funny!

I hope you find time to laugh and not take things too seriously. We should all have fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

CeeCee Collins is President of the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance.

She was born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio, CeeCee Collins attended Carroll High School and has been a swimmer her entire life. She received her undergraduate degree at Xavier University where she also participated on the swim team for four years.

She graduated from college in 1989 and began working at USA Today Newspaper as a Regional Marketing Manager. After marrying James Collins IV, they moved to Tampa, FL where she worked for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA for 6 years as an Executive Director.

CeeCee and her family moved back to the tri-state area after her second child’s birth. She continued to work for the Greater Cincinnati YMCA for 10 years part-time. CeeCee then pursued full-time work and became the Development Director at Ohio Valley Voices for 6 years.

Throughout her years at the YMCA and Ohio Valley Voices she was active in the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance (formerly the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce). She became the President of the Chamber in 2013. CeeCee continues to enjoy working at the chamber and keeping up with her three children.  She and Jim live in Miami Township.

You can EMAIL CeeCee or call the Chamber at (513) 683-1544.

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