“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
Who’s loving the festive season? Who’s getting totally stressed out from it all? With all the holiday parties to attend, one too many swipes of the credit card, scouring the stores for THE perfect gifts and the anxiety of spending time with that family member who just– to put it plain + simple— gets on your last nerve….. the sparkle, magic and beauty of the holidays can turn into a depressing, stressful and lackluster occasion. Don’t let that happen sistas!
We’re wrapping up a big year and that alone is reason to celebrate. In the remaining weeks of December, let’s sloooooow down. Remember the reason for the season. Has ‘gift giving’ turned into more of a commercialized expectation between you and your family and friends, rather than a genuine token of love and appreciation? Has it become normal for you to start the New Year with maxed out credit cards? Please take that pressure off yourself! Some of the most meaningful gifts are the ones that cost very little, but had so much thought put into them. Giving your time and attention to someone who gets very little of it throughout the year can be the best gift you could ever give them and it’s FREE!
Trust me, I love shopping for the important people in my life! It’s so fun to find that perfect, unique gift you just know will bring a big smile to their face and twinkle in their eye. It’s a win-win. The giver feels good and so does the receiver! But, say you had a rough year financially….PLEASE communicate that with your family + friends. It may bruise your pride and ego, but you’ll get over it. That brief sting is better than the long-term pain of paying off the credit card interest throughout the coming year. There are so many low cost options these days. Get creative. Also, many people feel if you buy them a gift then they’re obligated to reciprocate with a gift of an equal amount. WHY? This is just another way we suck the love, joy and beauty out of the season. If you find that perfect gift for a friend, give it without expecting anything in return. That is true giving.
In the week ahead, I WILL…..
Stick to my gift budget without running up my credit cards.
Not feel guilty about declining a social invitation.
Be present in the moment. This special holiday only happens once a year.
Not allow that ‘certain’ family member to steal my joy.
Enjoy the cookies, candy and hot toddy in moderation.
Respect others traditions, but will start a few of my own.
Rock the red lip, red heel, red dress or all three.
Give a deserving person my time and attention.
Not neglect my workouts because it’s an instant stress buster.
Give without expectation!
Need a few gift ideas for the fashionista or the foodie in your life? Check out this video replay:
I would love to hear your thoughts and two-cents on the topic of gift giving. Each and every comment is appreciated! Do you have a great holiday stress-reliever? Share it sista!
We have (2) more weeks of Stocking Stuffer Giveaways! Don’t miss out. Make sure to check in on the FACEBOOK PAGEduring the week. You must be a subscriber to this blog, part of the Facebook Community and make at least (1) comment during the giveaway week! Winner will be announced on Friday. BIG CONGRATS to last week’s winner, Colleen Campbell-Voigt!
Happy Hanakkuh to those of you celebrating!
Wishing you a week full of twinkly lights + sparkly sequin!
Are you a worrier? Or are you a happy girl, naturally? Of course, at different seasons in our lives we may tend to be one over the other. Really, we all have so much to be happy about in the grand scheme of things, but why is it we so often battle with unnecessary worry which drains us of energy, vibrance and joy. When I’m worried, I feel as if I have a dark cloud over my entire life. NO THANK YOU! Bring on the blue skies and sunshine please! Which sounds better to you? HAPPY(adj.) enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment. WORRY (v.) to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. It is truly a conscious choice to stop worrying and choose happiness.
P.S. You girls who have won the AHP limited-edition EP, my hubby wrote a song on this very subject called “Nothing But Blue”- Enjoy!
There’s been lots of talk of HAPPINESS lately and Oprah’s even launching a “Celebrate 30 Days of Happiness” campaign to get us all focusing on our happiest moment of each day. I love this and I’m joining in! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty lazy with my journaling and this is exactly the kick-in-the-bootie I need to get back to it. I know myself and I am much more peaceful and joy-filled when I write down happy moments and things I’m grateful for. Some people think journaling is just a venting session and a cathartic vomit of the negative junk in our heads. Ok- yes, someday’s that is what’s required to keep our sanity, BUT for the month of August– let’s all join Lady O and celebrate the things that make us happy. I want to see some comments below and on Facebook saying YES, I’M IN TIFF!
Here’s my A’s to Shannon’s Q’s:
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I’m sad to say this friday is the last full SOS Summer Swag Bag Giveaway. It has been such a blast giving away such awesome products and helping promote these fabulous companies! We will have a few more smaller giveaways with great books from SOUND WISDOM plus a few surprise goodies from me! Make sure to check in on the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY and make comments. This has been such a fun way for us all the get to know one another better and strengthen our Style Sisterhood.
WooHoo! Get ready to SHOP YOUR CLOSET! Most of the looks for Fall 2011 are repeats and carried over from last Fall. There are a few stand out colors for this Fall- MUSTARD GOLD & PEACOCK TEAL- that you can simply add with a blouse or scarf. In this week’s webisode, Stylist & Image Consultant, Hannah Hilburn and I give your our Top 5 Faves for Fall.
A FEW EXTRAS:
Everyone looks stunning in TEAL. Get a beautiful blouse or scarf for an instant REGAL look- feel like a QUEEN!
Now this color is a bit tricky- MUSTARD YELLOW. It’s the hottest color this Fall, but unfortunately- it doesn’t suit everyones skintone! Make sure it’s vivid- not pale and muted. Pair it with brown, khaki, metallic bronze or wine colors.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I know we have all been directly or indirectly effected by this disease. Thoughts and prayers go out to our Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Girlfriends and Co-workers. Please remember your routine self exams! *********************************************************************
“DON’T PLAY SMALL! STAND UP! TAKE CHARGE! You are doing yourself & others a disservice by catering your actions towards how you THINK others will react. When you are simply being yourself you will ATTRACT everything that is in alignment with who YOU truly are. You will be shocked to see who drops away. Their absence will leave a space for NEW & AMAZING relationships to enter your life. Just be YOU & let everyone else do what they may. You will be rewarded for your COURAGE”. – Jackson Kiddard