Posted in life, lists

Holiday rut

It’s been the holidays since last week where I work. In some places, It’s been Christmas since August. But, likely wherever you live as soon as December 1st struck it was time to get into holiday mode. This is not a new thing. In fact, it’s a very old thing, but traditions are what society thrives on.

Some of those traditions include things like sweet candies, secret santa exchanges or similar white elephant exchanges, bad/ugly sweater parties (that everyone secretly loves because real talk it’s actually a very warm sweater), Christmas trees, and crappy holiday music. No, some of the music is good sure. It wears you down after the hundredth listen or so. It’s still not your favourite, or so you tell yourself because you know actual good music. Anyway, if you have a pretty good job or a job of any kind then you will experience all or one of these things at this forced happiness event called “the office party.” I’ve never actually been to one, mostly because I’m not big on them. Have I thought about? Yeah, maybe one day when I’m boring I’ll go to my very first holiday office party with mediocre decorations everywhere. Can’t wait!

But, since I will probably be working this holiday (I’m in a non-Christian country) I might have to explain what Christmas even is. Something I don’t know how to do, but my elementary school history of bad Christmas concerts better come in handy in this regard. If not, then YouTube is my only hope. If you’re feeling any despair because you have to do something you are not in the mood for, then:

Five things to do when the holidays get you feeling in a rut:

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Stop. Just, stop holiday-ing it up for a day. May need to unplug from social media to do this. No red or green anything. Just, stop. Just be normal for a day.

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Don’t buy anything you don’t need. Let’s be real, you’re not buying gifts yet. Those are all for you, the sale was great and you knew you deserved that top and that hand-washing set and that new necklace plus the chic scarf. Go you, but that’s enough for now. Cool? Cool.

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Listen to music you like. It seems that everywhere we go, from museums to offices to schools even play nothing but holiday music during this time of year. Take a time out from that, because you are not tied to any contract saying you must listen to only holiday music.

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 No more sprinkles. Just kidding, always do sprinkles. Just, make sure they’re like sugar-free because like you’re a health nut who cares about that stuff now.

 

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Go to the mall. Watch children with their parents run around. Don’t think too much. Be a child for that moment and realize that hey, no wonder everyone likes this time of year!

 

Oh and then you wake up. Good morning, sleepyhead!

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Posted in consuming things, life

The season of greed

Around this time, people are wondering what to do about money. I need to save money and do sales and buy this because I’ll get cash back, but add five more to cart to get free shipping.* It’s all a stupid corporate scheme and every year we all fall for it.

Because everyone wants something. Everyone is willing to spend, even if all they have is $35 in their bank account. “It’s 75% off!” or “It’s a steal!” Is it really a steal when you’re robbing yourself of the chance to save money. What is saving money? What is investing? What is budgeting? What is credit? No one that likes to spend knows, or they pretend not know to avoid the ugly guilt trip on their conscience. It might all be a ploy, but its one we’re all familiar with and buy into regardless.

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But, ’tis the season to be wary I guess. Wary of people, wary of ideas that are not like yours and wary that you might not be getting that great of a deal after all. Wary indeed that you just might be getting ripped off. But, its ok because that’s how these things work. The point is to not despair because there is a way around feeling like you lost yourself. The way out is to unplug and rewind.

Yes, you read right. Rewind. Don’t go on anything, read an actual book. If the weather is not rainy or snowy, go outside and feel the cool air on your face. Turn on the light if you’re inside. The dark only brings sadness. Light a candle. Organize your pantry, organize your book shelf. Meditate. Do yoga. Talk to someone in person and not through text or email. Avoid reaching for that phone. That email can wait. That notification is not super important. And yes, resist the urge not to document this moment of silence on Instagram because then you will be lost on there. Just breathe easy and know that you are not buying to any of it today.

(but this year take part in Small Business Saturday, because if you can’t beat ’em join ’em.

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Posted in goals, inspiration, life

Be your own fighting chance

It’s getting cold again. Well, sort of. The other day its was 74 F. but it snowed for five seconds the other day as well. It’s hard to estimate the weather in the time of global warming, but that’s how it is now.

Anyway, when it’s warm people either feel angsty or happy. Most people are stressing about the holidays, while others are stressing about the upcoming president. It’s kind of bad when there are groups of people that worry about their future lives, their safety, and their general livelihood. It’s the worrisome things that fall under the arc of human rights. Things that resonate with people and make them want to make a change. People that are not usually protesters, those that are not trying to be a nuisance but will be if they need to be. Be loud. Be active. Let your voice be heard and don’t care about who hears you or who doesn’t.

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Give a fighting chance to yourself. You are your own superhero, if you believed in what you can do. The magic of the holidays is not just about giving to others, its also about giving to yourself. Give yourself the chance to seek truth, happiness and find courage.

The seasons change and the moments move around. The people that make you want to be a better version of yourself are who you should be around.

Also, don’t give in to coffeeshop protests that make it seem as though one group is superior than another. What’s mainstream is not always cool

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