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I don’t know about you, but I can hardly
believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away with Christmas four weeks
Would you like to avoid the stress that too often comes with
Let me give you two crucial
A MUSTif you want to have a stress-less holiday
Even with a
robust economy, planning a budget and sticking to it relieves the unnecessary financial
stress we, as a society, too often place upon ourselves at Christmas.
Pitfalls to avoid:
1) Don’t ask Tommy what he wants for Christmas before you’ve established a holiday budget!Otherwise, you may feel too much pressure to
get Tommy “X” when you really can’t (or shouldn’t) afford it!
2) Don’t make purchases based on the reasoning; “it was a really
good sale!” Be stealth and look for deals only for the items ON YOUR LIST!
Peace to discover:
1) Financial peace.Need I say more?I will anywayJPeace is the opposite of stress.Which sounds more appealing to you?
2) Sticking to your budget and making gift selections by
that budget will take the chaos out of shopping.Whether you shop at retail or online stores,
you’ll experience a calm confidence in your purchases!
For the love of landfills…
Did you know that children loose interest in their new toys
in a matter of months (if not less)?The
“latest and greatest” toys/games/gadgets lose their shimmer in a hurry!
Will your gift end up taking residence in a local landfill?
What never ends up in
landfills or is lost?Memories.
Consider gifting memories this Christmas season.Gift -experiences
to young and old.In fact, memories grow
fonder as the years go by.
I guess you
could say it’s the gift that shimmers brighter with time!
A MUST if you want to
have a stress-less holiday season!
planning goes hand-in-glove with creating a holiday budget. Once your budget is
created, planning the “whats” and “whens,” is a piece of cake!
WHAT holiday meals are you going to be involved preparing?
WHEN should you get the ingredients?
WHAT gifts do you need to purchase?
WHEN do you need to have them purchased by? (When will your
WHAT holiday events (school concerts/office parties/church-community
outreach events) are you involved with or attend?
WHEN do you need to schedule/purchase tickets, etc. for
WHAT family members are coming as overnight guests during
Well, it’s Wednesday. Congratulations,
you’re half way through the week!
Are you wishing the
weekend was here NOW!
How can you find a little reprieve mid-week and not feel
like you have to hold out for the weekend to roll around?
Let me encourage you to create a place of retreat in your
home.A place that is clean and tidy.Small spaces make great retreat places, cozy nooks where you can be
alone; regroup and relax, if even for a few precious minutes alone!
When my kids were younger, the bathroom was my escape
place.I would light some candles and
take a nice, hot bath.The bathroom was upstairs,
away from the main living space and was also the room that was not cluttered
with things like unfolded laundry, toys, and unprocessed mail or other paper clutter.
In our second home, the master bedroom was my personal retreat
room.The bathrooms in our second home were
located in busy areas of the house and therefore were not very “retreat-friendly.”
We are now in our third home as a family and the kids are almost
all out of the house (my baby is a Senior this year and the only one left). I have converted my middle child’s small
bedroom into my home office/reading room.It is the smallest room in the house (except for the bathrooms), but it
has become my new favorite room!
My retreat place:)
There is something to
be said about coziness that invokes peace!
Create your own stay-at-home- oasis:
1) It needs to be a place away from distractions.
2) It needs to be a place that you have control to keep green clean and tidy; not dependent on others to
keep it clean.
Remember, messy & cluttered spaces do
not invoke peace, calm and rest!
3) Convert a walk-in-closet as a retreat space.
4) Make your master bedroom a place you LOVE to retreat to!
Am I just being selfish to want my own space?
I would say a strong, NO!As a parent, you need some quiet time to detox from the day.A place for inner rest-for mind, body,
soul.If you have even 15-20 minutes to
yourself in a clean place, you will feel refreshed!
A refreshed You Is…able to handle the pressures each day brings.
A refreshed You Is…a more loving mom/dad, husband/wife.
A refreshed You Is…a better
See why a quiet place
to get away and unwind is valuable?
If you can’t “escape” a little every day, then make sure you
Call it your “Wednesday Retreat”!
Spend at least 20 minutes alone and in a place you can
Brenda and Charlie
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