I bet when you read the title of this blog, you thought it was going to be about shopping, wrapping, planning menus and decorating. Nope! It's about all the other "prepping" that goes along with the holiday season. Just some more of my insights to help get you ready for the Season's craziness that is at hand!
Prep Emotionally - Being prepared emotionally is a good place to start for the rest of the holiday season. I think you can take it one of two ways. Either be a GRINCH or a SANTA'S HELPER. If you decide to be a GRINCH, you can safely say NO to anything and everything! Let others know, this year you are going to take a "break" from too much hoopla and that next year you will make up for it! I have had a GRINCH 'tude for a lot of years! Well, Semi-GRINCH. I decided how far I would go with my decor, involvement in other activities etc. As far as my family went, I was still "all in" with holiday meals, gifts and things like that. Maybe you need a GRINCH season! Or, maybe you have been a GRINCH for far too long and now you need to be a SANTA'S HELPER for the season! (I know I am using Christmas specific things, but you can use whatever character or motivation you need to!). A SANTA'S HELPER goes above and beyond with others. For the kids' school(s), for the community, for your church. Maybe this is the year you sign up to help with a specific project or use extra funds to make a large donation, or organize the office Christmas Extravaganza! Whichever you are going to be this season, it's okay to be either, or decide somewhere in between. Then stick to it! It will help ease the guilt if your not doing something this year and give you motivation to get something new done.
Prep Mentally - Once your emotions are (sort of) where they need to be, prepare your mind with some back up plans too. Have lists to remember things you need to and to help you organize things that you have to get done. Plan one thing at a time, so it can be done thoughtfully and correctly and constantly remind yourself what is the most important this holiday season. Just those three things can keep you focused and on track for what all you need to.
Prep Financially - 'Tis the season for SAVING! Put some things that can wait on "hold" until after the holidays. Hold off on big purchases for your home and don't sign up for any extra TV services until after the holiday giving season! Save money where ever you can. Use your coupons, eat cheap and keep expensive items until AFTER the holidays. That way, if you need a little extra here or there for an extra gift or something charitable, you will have the cash ready to go. Also, opt for heartfelt gifts over store bought when you can. Usually the heartfelt felt ones make the greatest impact on someone. Then, the store bought stuff can be the icing on the cake!
Prep Physically - During the busy holiday season, you need to get plenty of rest, eat right whenever possible, take your vitamins and don't over indulge on all the holiday goodies--a little goes a long way. Being careful with your health will give you a better chance of getting through the busy season with less of a chance of getting sick. Keep this up with your kids too. There will be a lot of extra activities with a lot more people than usual, so keep your body strong to fight it all off!
I hope some of these holiday preparations will keep your spirit un-clogged with the seasonal guilt that usually comes this time of year. Having a small plan can take a big burden off your shoulders. Who knows? Maybe by the end of the season your guilt will be non existent and your heart will have grown a few sizes larger!
Until Next Week!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker!