It’s such a busy time of year! Our already over flowing to-do lists grow and grow this time of year. Are we doing it to ourselves? Do we really “have” to do it all? I say,no!
Just my two sense:
Are you buying out of guilt or are you buying for the right reasons? Do you find yourself buying something for someone just to give them a gift because that is what you are “supposed’ to do? Or is there meaning behind the gift? I think we can all agree that we all love to buy and receive gifts. The million dollar question is what is all this gift giving costing us? Can you really afford to? If you find yourself going into debt or having to cut back on your own family gifts then maybe it is time to cut back on purchasing gifts for others. You will be saving time and money.
If you feel that you must do something, then invite that person over for coffee, tea or dessert – it doesn’t have to be a meal but just getting together to visit has more meaning than something you could ever buy.
If you are just buying to buy then there is a chance that you are purchasing clutter! If that person does not need the item you are gifting to them then it becomes clutter. Some people have a hard time letting go of things because someone gave it to them. You could always bake cookies or bread, gift wrap it and give that to them instead.
Learn to say no! Take a look at your list and see what tasks you can remove. There is always something you can find that you think you “have” to do that you really don’t. Try and focus on those tasks that have meaning and bring you happiness. Saying no to a few things here and there can have a big impact. Saying no is not easy, which is why I suggest trying it out on your to do list first. Then each year cut back a little more and in doing so you will find that it gets easier to say no. By saying no to other things you are saying yes to yourself!
I focus on my family and our traditions. Traditions are very important to me. Traditions are what I call watering the seeds that I have planted with my boys. If you would like to read more about our traditions, you can read this post that I wrote last year here:
If you are looking for some ideas on how to plan now for next year, you may want to read about how I plan here:
This is also a great time to reflect on the past year and think about what you would like to change for the coming year. Last year I wrote what I learned in 2013 and who I wanted to be in 2014. If you would like to read what I wrote, you can read that post here:
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!