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Gifts for (Gasp) You!
What a bold concept! As you are rushing to and fro, and frantically trying to fit a 35 hour day into the 24 hour one we all receive, don't forget to think about gifts you would love to receive this holiday season.
Oh, yes, I hear you saying it's all about giving to others; it's the thought behind the gift; it's the hand-made item you've been thinking about for months and now are hurriedly trying to finish on time.
Maybe it's not handmade, but certainly you've been spending time thinking about it, searching for it, or pricing out just the perfect present for that special someone.
So I ask you, how many wool scarves have you received that you absolutely cannot wear because they scratch the dickens out of your neck? How about lovely aprons that would work if you loved to be in the kitchen, but you don't? Get the picture.
Sometimes we think our spouses and special people in our lives can read our minds and know exactly what we're thinking. Well, I hate to disappoint, but they are no mind readers. We hope if we drop subtle and not so subtle hints that the perfect present will magically appear on Christmas morning just as Santa and his reindeer are exiting.
Two words: Dream on!
If life has been a little bit too chaotic this past year and you are looking for ways to face the New Year promising to do things differently, here are a few suggestions for your wish list:
1. Simple Pleasures, 101 Thoughts and Recipes for Savoring the Little Things in Life, by John Hadamuscin.
2. Simplify Your Life, 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter, by Elaine St. James, or any of her other books on simplifying.
3. The One Who Is Not Busy, Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way, by Darlene Cohen. (We are all working).
4. This is Not the Life I Ordered, 50 Ways to keep your head above water when life keeps dragging you down, by Stephens, Speier, Risley, and Yanchiro.
The above-named books are short and sweet; pick them up, set them down, read a page waiting for car pools, doctor visits. Open up to any page, even if you have only 5 minutes.
Don't have five minutes to read? Ask for the book on CD and "read" it in the car.
Are there some gifts of time that you would thoroughly enjoy receiving?
Think about it. How about a manicure, a pedicure, perhaps a massage? Maybe a Starbucks card and an afternoon catching up with a good friend.
What about some tasks around the house that have been gnawing at you? You had promised yourself all year to get to them and now are feeling frustrated they're still on your To Do List. How about a Gift of Time: a teenager to assist you getting a project started, or some extra babysitting time from a neighbor so you and your hubby can have a date night?
Picture your Best Year Yet ahead of you. What will help you get it started? Jack Canfield says in his great book, The Success Principles, Ask, Ask, Ask, Principle 17.
Needing help with some organizing projects that look overwhelming? Many of my colleagues and I offer Gift Certificates. These make wonderful gifts, especially for that individual who is ready to make a change, and wants to get organized for good. Visit my website at www.theredteam.com and drop me an email if you would like to know about gift certificates for San Diego County. For those of you living in other areas, I can suggest individuals in your general area who specialize in organizing.
Until next time…
Making Your Space a Special Place…
the R.E.D. team – Reinventing Everyday Designs
posted on: 12/7/2007 12:30:00 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations
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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.