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Blog: Discovering Your Core Values
Are you ready for your holidays??

Are you rushing here and there, all frazzled and stressed out?  Do you feel so busy that you can't even enjoy the holidays?

Grab a mug of eggnog, stop, sit in front of a fire, and ask yourself, "What is my reason for the season?"  The answer does not have to be religious-based at all, although it can be.

Why do you celebrate what you celebrate?  What is important about it?  What do you want to pull out or remember?  What do you want to teach your kids?  What traditions do you want to uphold or create?

What exactly are you celebrating?  What core values of your family's are involved that you want to support?  And then what do you do with the rest?  You don't necessarily have to chuck the rest out the window, but you definitely want to pick and choose.

There is no need to fill every moment, no need to attend every party, event, parade, or other function.  No need to make every craft, cookie, or decoration.  No need to put all those expectations on yourself and your family.  If you don't need to meet any expectations, you don't feel let down when don't meet them.  You're happy with what you've done, what you chose, and that's it - that's enough.

I'm often asked, as I'm sure you are too, "Are you ready for the holidays?"  As though 'the holidays' are some end result.  I like to view them as ongoing - a series of days to enjoy, one at a time.  Am I ready?  You bet!  I am ready for today and whatever that might bring.

See, such a huge part of being ready or organized, has to do with planning ahead and prioritizing.  What is it that I want or need to do?  What is it I want or need to attend or enjoy?  How much do I want to give of myself in time and/or donations.  What is my budget, who's on my list, and where do I need to shop?

Once you've answered the above and other important questions, prioritize it according to importance versus urgency.  Sometimes you will not get to things.  Let them go.  Adopt a good enough is ok attitude.

Once you've prioritized, schedule the tasks into your schedule.  Going to Target?  Pick up X, Y, and Z for Aunt Mary, Kristee, and Hannah.  Getting gas?  Coffee?  Groceries?  What else can you pick up?  What is nearby?  Carry your list with you.

Taking a look at the big picture, knowing what's most important, should put your holiday season in perspective.  Take the time to take the look - What is your reason for the season?

Are you ready for your holidays or are you enjoying each day as it happens?

posted on: 12/8/2007 12:00:00 PM by Tami Gallagher
category: The Mental Side

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Discovering Your Core Values

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Tami Gallagher is a Professional Organizer who specializes in Family Time Management. Her company does individual family consulting, workshops and presentations, and also provides community resources for families. Ms. Gallagher believes every family matters. She teaches families how to examine their core values and use them as a foundation in organizing their lives. Available on her website is The Family Core Organizer CD. This fun, practical, and easy to use tool is the ultimate planner and information keeper for your family. Everything you need – all in one location!

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