Monday, November 30, 2015

Setting Goals for the Christmas Season - Day 1

Welcome!  This is Day 1 of the 21 Days to a Stress Free & Debt Free Christmas.  I'm so excited that you are joining me for the start of what I hope will be a really helpful series designed to walk with you step by step through the Christmas season in a way that ensures you keep your sanity and that you don't overspend.

If you haven't already, make sure you are following along so that you don't miss a thing!

Today is all about laying the groundwork for the next month - setting goals for the Christmas season.

The Christmas shopping season is officially here!  Black Friday has come and gone and with today being Cyber Monday, I think it's safe to say that this Christmas season is off and running, whether we are ready or not.

With all the hustle and bustle, it's tempting to jump right in and GO-GO-GO!  After all, there is a lot to be done and we have a deadline that is quickly approaching.  In fact, you may have even begun your Christmas activities and shopping.

Take a Minute

Even if that is true, I'm going to encourage you to take today to sit down and do some thinking before you proceed much further.  If you are married, I'd encourage you to include your spouse in this.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

What do I want out of this year's Christmas season?
How can I ensure I don't bite off more than I can chew?
Does this year pose extra challenges that I will have to overcome?
Is it even possible to have a stress free & debt free Christmas?

Jot Them Down

After you've asked yourself these questions and thought about your current season of life, take a moment and jot down some goals for this Christmas season {no more than 5}.  Since this is the 21 days to a stress free & debt free Christmas series, include goals that will help you achieve this.  This exercise may seem silly to you, but I find there is something really powerful about writing my goals down.

Once they are written, post them somewhere that you will see them on a daily basis {mirror, day planner, fridge, etc}.  Take a minute each day to read over your goals and remind yourself to keep things in perspective as the season unfolds.

Going Forward

As we go along, I've built in some flex days that are specifically designed to help you get caught up on previous tasks and to assess where things are and how you are doing.  It's my hope that you will use those flex days to renew your commitment to your goals and give yourself a pat on the back as you complete tasks.              

At the end of each day's post, I will also include a short assignment.  You should have expected that The Teacher's Wife would give homework!  These are meant to help push you along in the planning and preparations.  I'd encourage you to try and complete them if you can because you'll find that they are things you should be doing anyway.

Check back in tomorrow for Day 2!  If you aren't following by email, then I'd encourage you to do so HERE.

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Answer the questions listed above {in italics}.  Jot down your goals for this year's Christmas season, including goals that will help you be stress free & debt free.  If you are married, do this exercise together with your spouse.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Join Me for 21 Days to a Stress Free & Debt Free Christmas

It's hard to believe that fall is over and the Christmas season is upon us!  I don't mean to rush things, but before we know it, Christmas morning will be here and it's my hope that these next couple of weeks will be filled with the things that matter most rather than stress, chaos, and debt.  

The idea behind my very first 21 days to a stress free & debt free Christmas series is to walk with you through the entire Christmas season, helping you think through and plan in a way that ensures you get the important things done while enjoying every moment with those you love.  And since money can often be a stressful part of the Christmas season, there will be lots of ideas on how to keep your budget intact.  

Starting on Monday, I'll be posting for 21 days straight {which I've never done before!!}, writing about a different aspect of the Christmas season - decorating, cards, purchasing gifts, food preparation, etc. - and even giving you some assignments to ensure that you are getting things done so you don't get overwhelmed at the last minute.  I believe that with a little planning and some strategy, it's totally possible to get through the Christmas season stress free and debt free!  

I hope that you will tag along with me, as we embark on this Christmas season together!  I'd encourage you to sign up for my emails HERE, so that each day's post will be delivered straight to your email {you can opt out at any time}, but you are welcome to follow in any way that suits you best.

Here's to a stress free and debt free Christmas this year, friends.  Let's do this!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

I truly hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.  If I could, I'd reach through the screen and give you a hug right this second!  I'm so thankful for each and every one of you who take the time out of your busy life to read here.  I love connecting with you and hope that you are encouraged in some way whenever you decide to stop in.  

Since I know you have lots of things to do today, I just wanted to share some links to posts that you may want to check out if you have some extra downtime later in the day.  Some of these are older and others are more recent.        

Also, I'm excited to share about an idea I have for posts this Christmas season, so check back on Saturday if you can when I will share more about my plan.

In the meantime, make sure you are following along in whatever way suits you best.  I don't want you to miss anything.

Since our day is still getting started here and our big meal won't be for another couple of hours, I'll have to share a Thanksgiving picture with you later.  But, this picture expresses our morning so far.

Have a great day!
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