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holidays

The Holidays are Almost Here. Are You Prepared?

By appreciation, focus, holiday gifts, holidays, overwhelm, plan

We all know the holidays are coming. Television and email ads have bombarded us for months now. My local tv station gives a countdown – and today marks 9 days until Christmas and only 8 more shopping days. Nothing like a little pressure. Are you overwhelmed? Gifts need to be purchased and delivered, holiday parties given and/ or attended, holiday dinners organized, and holiday outfits put together. Giving Gifts: While the intentions of the massive amounts of advertising are to give us ideas of things to give our loved ones, they also give us the feeling that if we aren’t…

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Thanksgiving Feasting

By accomplish, holidays, organize

The Thanksgiving Feast I went to in Connecticut was fabulous! There were 35 people there at 1 table! Imagine that. Lots of people brought parts of the meal to share. I brought the pies from a wonderful pie shop here in Atlanta. Others brought vegetable dishes, potato dishes, cranberry relishes, and some other desserts. Someone else brought a fabulous array of appetizers to nibble on while the dinner was being assembled. Did you attend a fabulous feast? Did you maybe over-indulge the way I did? Party Time! The party season is here. I know I will be snacking at parties…

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Say What You Mean, Is Your Message Clear?

By holidays, kindness, tasks

Later this week a movie about Mr. Rogers starring Tom Hanks opens in movie theatres. I can’t wait to see it! My children grew up watching Mr. Rogers. I enjoyed the shows just as much as they did. We sang along to his songs and looked forward to finding out what the different characters were going to do next. We also talked about the content of many of the episodes. The messages contained fabulous teachable moments. Examine the words I never realized the trouble he went to in producing each episode. I recently learned in this article in The Atlantic…

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Remember Your Routines

By flexible, holidays, plan, prepare, Routines, schedule

Halloween has come and gone. We are back to standard time. I am very thankful for that since I walk my dogs early in the morning and it had been staying dark until after I was already home. Things are about to get crazy busy with holiday events, holiday shopping, holiday parties and the holidays themselves. How do you maintain your equilibrium? Stick to your routines! Routines serve to guide us through various parts of our day. Your morning routine may involve some household chores. Mine involves walking my dogs, watering my plants, and (on certain days) doing laundry. Then…

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Start Your Holiday Planning Now!

By Budget, calendar, clothes, expectations, flexible, holiday decorating, holiday gifts, holidays, memories, Planning, relax, self-care

I know, it’s still October. However, the truth is that the holidays are right around the corner. Start your holiday preparations now to avoid stressing out during the holidays. I asked Alexa to give me the numbers today (Sunday, October 20th). As of this date there are 11 days until Halloween, 39 days until Thanksgiving, 62 days until Hanukkah, and 66 days until Christmas. Halloween is not officially a holiday but to me it feels like Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. I recommend beginning your planning now so that you set aside time to: Plan Holiday Meals:…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By calendar schedule, celebrate, holiday decorating, holidays

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed at this time of the year. There’s so much going on! There are always work projects, household projects, and then add to that preparing for the holidays. How do you get these things done without stressing over them? I have a few tips to share with you. Let’s talk about shopping for the holidays. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of everyone you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping online, make a note by the person’s name of what you purchased, how much it cost, and when it is expected to arrive….

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Pack Your Patience

By attitude, calendar, celebrate, family, holidays, kindness, patience, schedule

Are you traveling for the holidays? Maybe you are visiting family or maybe family is coming to visit you? Perhaps you’re spending the holidays with good friends? Whatever your plans be sure to pack your patience. Traveling at this time of year whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile can be stressful. Lots of people are on the road. Holiday expectations are high. I know that whenever I’m traveling during the holidays I simply can’t wait to get where I’m going and for the FUN to begin. Do you ever feel that way? So, the slightest delay can…

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