Some people are looking at the past year and wondering how it all happened/how we got to this new one already. Considering that time felt like it was barely passing and flying by at the same time, I can’t say I have answers for either of those wonders, but I do have a few ways to curb expectations this year.
Whether it’s been feeling less productive, connected, inspired, entertained, or a myriad of other in-betweens, a lot of us have had quite the year and we’re coming down to the end of it. The closer I get, the more I realize that at least for me, a lot of what I’ve been doing has been just to get the job done without remembering why I’m doing it in the first place. As I always remind people to take care of themselves, taking breaks to hit the refresh button and step back from the burnout is one way to do so.
This year is different. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The holiday season can be one of the brightest and most joyous times of the year filled with family and loved ones; alternatively, it can also be very tough on people’s mental health for a myriad of reasons, and this year, things have been harder for larger populations. So, after a deep breath, make a holiday plan and answer this question: What can this month hold for you?
Once you combine Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day, however, you get one single idea: a conscious shopper. One of the biggest issues people have with Black Friday is that people tend to go out and spend more money than necessary on too many things. When the alternative of Buy Nothing Day came around, some people decided to then buy nothing at all.
Thanksgiving has become all about gratitude, right? They say one of the best ways to become more grateful for what you’ve got is by volunteering to support those around you. So if you’re willing, what can you do?
Well, if you decide to forgo in-person holiday festivities or can’t make traveling happen this year, I get it. So to mediate the circumstances, here are five option to preserve that quality time feel with others while also keeping distant and safe too:
A lot of us have been tuned in all week and well, maybe you need a break. Even if you don't feel like you need one, I’m here to provide some reprieve anyway.
For those of you who may need it, I’ve collected a bit of information on options and the different ways to get your votes in. Not all options are created equal, especially at this point in the voting process, so stick around if you’re looking for some important info to know before you take action. This will be quick— you’ve got things to do after all.
There’s still a possibility to find comfort in so much that is unknown around us because we know that most people are probably in a similar spot too. If you need a reminder of that, check out this article in the New York Times by Melissa Klein about that awkward in-between state many people are finding themselves in right now. I say lean into it; can’t get out, so why not lean in, right?
Have you ever wanted to learn something from a really large company, maybe attend one of their cool conferences or see someone speak, but it just wasn’t going to work out for you? There could have been countless barriers in the way, from bad timing to ticket prices. In a lot of cases, there are incredible events happening around the world and for one reason or another, people cannot access them.