🎄Wishing you Wonderful Things for your Holidays!
Being "Merry and Bright" can bring much stress during this time of the year. Be sure to take care of you as you make your way through the coming days. Make time to spend with the people you really like. Often, our time during the holidays is spent on responsibilities. You have to go there; so balance it out with things you really like to do.
For a few years, I hosted a Ladies Night in the middle of the week. It was extremely well received. I realized I did not get to celebrate with the women who were a huge part of my life, that I loved and loved being with. So I fixed it. We got together for a casual evening, good food - contributed by all, some wine and bubbly. It was such a big hit. That evening revived us and we were ready to take on the shopping, wrapping, cooking, event planning, card making, cooking baking........I don't have to list it all for you!
Lesson learned: be sure to schedule in "me time". The "me" meaning you! It can change your outlook and demeanor and spur you on to get 'er done.
Don't forget that getting together with other women is an amazing time to get recipes, gift ideas, all kind of resources to simplify your to-do list.
Massages, facials, yoga/exercise classes, mani/pedis, meditation workshops can all put a little zip in your step. If you need suggestions for any of these, I am happy to send you some. I have grown to know many gifted and talented entrepreneurs that I can absolutely recommend.
Keep perspective during the holidays. It's supposed to be a time of fun, celebration, giving, gratitude, reflecting. When you find that's not quite what you're feeling, perhaps it's time to reevaluate where you are and what you are doing. There are ways to simplify the process:
Spend time instead of money by creating special memories
Do what makes you happy
Simplify: decorations, cooking, baking, shopping, gift giving
Recognize how much time you have for each and plan accordingly. The whole house doesn't need to blow up the electricity grid. Less can be more when it comes to decor.
Cook what you love and ask others to bring their favorite holiday dish. If cooking is your expertise, then go for it. Once again, make a plan. You can get together with a friend or two and each bring a fabulous recipe and make enough for all of your celebrations.
Is baking what puts a smile on your face? Bake away! Perhaps have family and friends join in your joy.
Wrapping gifts: Love it. Do it. Can use help? Let your older children help. The younger ones can put on the sticky bows - getting the job done with some fun. You can also choose to shop where the store will wrap for you without long lines. I'll make a plug here for shopping small!. I couldn't help myself. You can even hire a neighborhood teen to do the job. In my neighborhood, Teenjobsnj.com can help you find just the right young person!
Many shops offer help with your list. Time for a commercial: At Scooch A Mi, we have made you a shopping list. Fill it out, send it in, and we'll do it for you! I know. I snuck that right in there! There are personal shoppers and personal concierges out there also. You can also use a theme. Everyone gets slippers this year, or scarves, or PJ pants. These are all unisex and can be many checks off the old list. Having a gift theme can make the gift exchange really fun.
Keeping it all in perspective and remembering why you are doing what you're doing will keep you grounded. Don't forget there are people in need who can use some holiday cheer. Participating in community and religious projects can be incredibly rewarding.
I wish you and yours a Healthy and Joyful Holiday. Thank you for all the goodness you have shared with me. I am overwhelmed with the love and support I have received as a person and as Head Scooch.
Blessings and love. See you next year!