We are super excited to have one of our friends over at The Henley Company, Nicole Matthews, break it down as a guest blogger this week on how you can take the daze of the holidays. This time of year can be crazy… here is how to NOT let it get the best of ya.
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Part 1: Take the Daze Out of the Holidays
Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season
We recently had the pleasure of doing several in-home concierge parties, focused on helping clients to take the daze out of the holidays. It gave us an opportunity to present our Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season. Over the next few days, we will share with you a few of our top-10 list tips so you too can have a stress free holiday season!
The average woman spends 60-80 hours preparing for the holidays. This includes shopping, cooking, wrapping and attending events. Be strategic about navigating the holidays and make a plan early in the season. Plan time to bake, shop, write holiday cards, etc. so that you don’t feel crunched for time as the holidays get closer. Decide what can be delegated to your holiday elf!
Remember what the reason is for the season! As a family, come up with 3 words that you want to signify your experience during the holidays. (i.e. Family, Joy & Peace). Post these words in a visible location so it continually stays top of mind. Before saying yes to any invitation, activity or commitment, make sure saying “yes” falls in line with your family values. Turn this into a new family tradition.
If holiday travel is on your agenda; try these two tips:
- Don’t let parking at the crowded airport cause you stress; instead call ahead and reserve your spot.
- Sign up for Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. in the city where you are traveling. Offers great suggestions on fun and unique activities at a discounted price.
A woman should not measure her value by what gets crossed off her to-do list; but rather by the level of happiness in her heart, and the kind of wife, mother, sister and friend she becomes. Juggling lots of balls should be left to the circus acts – be a woman who values time over “to-do,” and commit to a lifestyle that focuses on unique experiences, family memory-making and sophisticated simplicity.
Nicole Matthews, Lifestyle Architect
The Henley Co.
Check back on Friday for tips #5 – #7 on the Top-10 List!
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