Hi all! Some things have been on my mind lately with the holiday season upon us and as I am preparing my holiday content (ie. gift guides, holiday outfits, sales, etc). Amongst all of these fun activities, there are a few reminders that I personally have to keep in mind and wanted to relay some of them to you to consider:
It’s NOT About the Gifts
The holidays are NOT about gifts. I think this is obvious for most people, but honestly, it makes me sad to hear that some people look forward to the gifts during holidays first and foremost. The holidays is about being with people who matter in your life. Gifts are a nice addition, but these things don’t make you happier in the long run. Take this time to invest in the people who care about you – let the love flow and know that the greatest gift of all during this period is your TIME.
Support Small Businesses
Holiday season spending is predicted to surpass $1 trillion dollars this year (from Investopedia). While the major department stores are extremely inviting with their incentives such as sales and member discounts, this is also the perfect time to invest in small businesses.
Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and supporting them during this time can be extremely beneficial. There are so many hidden gems within our own neighborhoods and communities and what better way to give back than to support our own entrepreneurs? You can be an integral part of their success and ability to continue!
Focus on Being Present
I, too, am a sucker for all of those “What I Got for Christmas” videos on youtube and seeing all the Thanksgiving/Christmas photos on Instagram. But transitioning into the adult world has made me realized that time with the ones we love is extremely limited throughout the year. So we need to focus on being present during the couple of days/weeks we get to spend with them. Use this time to put down our devices and be in the moment. Take the time to talk and play games or watch movie together. Focus on being present and being together.
Spending is a Choice
Consumerism is a choice. Don’t let me or anyone else online persuade you into thinking that you HAVE to buy something. I am a total believer that shopping in our own closets is just as fun as buying something new. It’s a chance to let your creativity flow with new outfits you can create. And it doesn’t have to be clothes, it encompasses everything else you see. It is hard to see everyone shopping and bloggers sharing all the gift guides, but remind yourself that spending is a choice, YOUR choice. The pressures are at an all time high with Black Friday, Christmas and all, but don’t let it get to you. Create a budget if you do want to shop and stick with it, impulse buying never results in happy bank accounts!
Lastly, make sure you take this time to reflect on the past year and congratulate yourself on the successes and let go of the negative moments. 2020 is going to be upon us before we know it so really enjoy the last moments of 2019. This year has flown by and we all deserve some time to unwind and take it all in. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season content and time off!
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A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!
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