Happy Christmas Ladies! I admit that Christmas is my least favorite holiday. It’s commercialized, stressful and fraught with bloated expectations and loneliness for a single girl. Especially a single mom like I was for many years. Ugh.
We women are expected to give give give! Look after everyone else and like it. Or else!
I’m over it. At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, I’m here to tell you that giving to everyone else and resenting it is a recipe for disaster. The disaster will be your life as a cranky woman when you finally can’t take it anymore.
What to do instead? Put down that to-do list and take a deep breath. This Christmas (and every day forward if I have my way) I’d like to encourage you to give to yourself.
What do I mean “give to yourself”? Maybe you already have a closet full of clothes and shoes, a great apartment or a nice car. You may already buy all the things you want for yourself. I hope you do, but that’s not what I mean.
Do you give yourself the benefit of the doubt? Are you hard on yourself? Do you set appropriate boundaries in your relationships?
How much time do you spend at work? What percentage of your time is spent doing things that you don’t want to do?
Do you know what you really want out of life? If so, are you spending time working toward your goals?
This Christmas, I’d like to give you the gift of yourself. Listen to yourself. What is it that you want most? Take some time for yourself and figure out what that is if you don’t already know and then pursue it as if your life depends upon it. Because it does.
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