I absolutely love this time of year. The food, the music, the decorations. It all makes me so happy. The only real issue that can overshadow it all is the obsession with STUFF. I love getting gifts. I love giving gifts. But I really do not enjoy the push for materialism and wish lists and consumerism that comes from this time of year. The good news is I’ve found a way to reduce the noise and enjoy the moments that matter. It is possible to simplify this season and the gift giving process. I shared a little on this last year in terms of gifting better, and as I’ve continued to simplify, the season has only gotten more joyful.
1. Love others. Spend time with family. With friends. Make new traditions with your neighbors or your kids or your core group of friends. Give the gift of time and memories that will last.
2. Focus on giving. Give to those who have big needs. And little needs. The things we don’t often see or think about. Refugees come into our cities with nothing. Homeless shelters get overcrowded when the weather turns cold. Our neighbors have needs that often go unnoticed. Go say hi. Bring joy. Bring blankets and shoes and grocery gift cards. Everyday items can be the greatest blessings.
3. Give the unexpected. Instead of heading to the mall to buy sweaters and electronics and toys, think outside the box. Give experiences. Give handmade. Give love.
In need of some simple gift ideas?
- Simplified Planner or Recipe Binder // TODAY is the last day to order for pre-Christmas delivery!
- 2017 PowerSheets // Goal setting isn’t just for New Year’s but it is a great time to start fresh and plan for a great year of intentionality and simplicity.
- Handmade Treats // Check out this post and this post for some great homemade food gifts.
- Gifts with Purpose // Check out companies that do more than just make profit, and give back in some capacity, such as Sseko or Noonday Collection.
- Buy Small // Shop in your community, from small businesses, from people who are working hard to pursue their passions. I love Taylor Custer Jewelry, coffee from local shops, and friends’ home-based businesses. Send someone a hot meal from Chasing Food ATX, pamper someone with spa items from your local Mary Kay consultant, or gift a comfy tee from LulaRoe. With so many businesses like these popping up, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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How is it already December? I feel like I say that every month, but with family in town, the Vegan Month of Food, and a busy work schedule, November just flew by. I am intentionally setting fewer goals for December, giving myself space to relax, enjoy the season, and focus on the things that matter right now. With so many ideas and projects and events happening in the coming months, it can be easy for me to go go go to get it all done now, but it can wait. January will have enough days to get it all done. Today is about Celebrating.
November in Review:
- Plan a date night (1. Plan for it) // It definitely felt strange but good to finally be back at our favorite date spot!
- Add new Celebration Nutrition clients (3. Grow it) // Lots of good things happening through November and December. Working to finish all of them well.
- Write every day. (3. Grow it) // Surprisingly, it ended up being easier to batch write a bunch of things this month, instead of a little each day, which is unusual for me. But at least the writing happened!
- Stick to Pilates 3 times per week. (6. Push it) // Daily walks/runs plus daily Pilates has helped so much this past month. Going to stick with it each weekday from now on.
- Host Girls Night Supper Club (1. Plan for it) // This is finally happening, and I am grateful for the women in my life that I get to celebrate.
- Relax and enjoy holidays at home (4. Schedule rest) // December’s focus is on celebrating people and events and real life. No getting stuck on the things we cannot change or influence. Let it go and Celebrate!
- Complete one food photography lesson per week (7. Capture it) // Nothing like the end of the year to finally crack down on this goal, but its written down in my planner each Monday, so it’s happening!
Let’s go make this last month of 2016 a great one! Happy Celebrating!
November goals are coming a little early this year, thanks to some fun things coming later this week (and month!). October literally disappeared in what seems like a week. I definitely did not get everything done this month, even with a shortened goal list. Lots of grace, starting over, and moving on. And ready for the holidays!!
October in Review:
- Host a girls night (1. Plan for it) // Girls night was postponed, but Supper Club was had! Grateful for all the people in our lives right now.
- Finish Celebration Nutrition project (3. Grow it) // Wrapping this one up today!
- Prep for Vegan Month of Food (8. Share it) // Yup, it’s happening again this year, and with posts every single day, starting tomorrow!
- Plan a date night (1. Plan for it) // This has been hard to do with exhaustion, sickness, and weird food aversions, but I am determined to get back in the habit before the end of the year.
- Add new Celebration Nutrition clients (3. Grow it) // Working on some holiday promotions and networking now that the above big project is (mostly) finished.
- Write every day. (3. Grow it) // Writing is not my favorite thing to do, but a necessary part of my work, and with a lot of projects coming up, it will be helpful to get in the habit of writing even a little bit every day instead of blocking entire days to get things done, which is what usually works for me with other tasks.
- Stick to Pilates 3 times per week. (6. Push it) // In addition to running/walking most days, I was consistent with Pop Pilates at the gym up until last week when it started to get a little more difficult with a belly. I found some online prenatal Pilates videos, but at home workouts are always hard for me to stick to. Hoping the public commitment helps me here!
Happy Halloween! And get excited for a fun month of recipes and food!