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What is Your Major Stress in Life?

What is your major stress in life? A few nights back, while queuing in a drive thru, my kids & I were talking about our personalities. We’re making fun of ourselves, and had a good laugh about it. On a serious side, I blurted out that I was a people pleaser. I wanted people to like me, and yes, it has been a major source of stress for me. It has been that way for me. I want to please my parents, siblings, teachers, classmates, bosses, co workers, hubby, kids, etc. I feel disappointment in myself, if I perceive that I don’t come up to their expectations. I feel ashamed of myself, if I deemed that I fail my children, whether imagined or not. These negative feeling does take a toll on my wellbeing. It took years learning this feeling of inadequacy, so it also took years to unlearn it. It is only through God’s mercy and love,  that I am able to accept myself, love myself. It is only through God’s unconditional love, that I am able to say, that  I  AM  ENOUGH.  I am a work in progress,

Tips on How to Go Shopping for the Christmas Holidays

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Christmas lantern up? ..check.

Christmas tree up?...check.

Christmas lights up?...check.

Mistletoe up?...check.

So what else is missing? uhhmm...

Christmas shopping list?...uncheck!

Well, the most important of all is Christmas shopping to complete our Christmas holidays! This is the most awaited activity during this season. We have all kind of reasons to splurge, fill our shopping bags and empty our pockets during this time of the year! But wait, we don't really have to empty our pockets and went through all kind of stress during this season, you just have to follow these tips guaranteed to make your Christmas holidays joyous, organized and budget conscious.

Plan the day of your shopping 

You can make your shopping date a bonding time with the family. Going shopping with the whole family would be lots of fun so it is important to choose a date where each member would be free for the day. It's a great way to have a personal time with your family, it's like going on a trip but this time it's a trip to the shopping stores. So mark that special date on the calendar!

Set up a budget

A budget is important when going on a shopping spree. Set up a specific amount for Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Baby, gifts for family and friends. If you have a budget plan then you can prepare the amount you'll need for all your shopping expenses. Setting up a shopping budget would also deter you from using your credit cards because you have already allotted a portion of your income for your shopping needs. Stick to that budget girl!

Prepare a list of your shopping items

This is a family shopping date so list your shopping needs per member of your family and per person, you would like to send or give a Christmas gift. Decide on what sort of gift matches the person on your list. Since you had set up a budget, list items which you estimated to fit the allotted budget for a person. Mommies, you need to exercise discipline and do not be tempted to go overboard your budget!

Dress comfortably on your shopping date

This is a whole day shopping spree so dress comfortably. Wear flat shoes or slip on and loose, comfortable clothes. If you want to look good and stylish while shopping. wear something that looks put together and this translates to casual but smart clothes. There is something about dressing smartly that help us exude more confidence and feel more outgoing while Christmas shopping.

Christmas is for the family. It is giving, receiving and doing things in the company of each other. Christmas is a time for joy and laughter. Simple things like going on shopping with your family with whatever budget you have are second only to the happiness gained in the company of our loved ones.

How do you plan your Christmas shopping? Care to add to the list above?

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Middle life is beautiful.

Till next time. God bless

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