A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a post about being Meaningful within Your Means. Meaningful within Your Means is a challenge to try or do something differently this year so that we can avoid a case of the “overs-” and create lasting meaningful memories of the holidays. I wanted to check back in and give you an update on how I am doing with my goals and share a couple of new resources with you.
These were my personal goals from the first post a couple of weeks ago:
YOU – It’s all about simplification for me this year. I’m not stressing about mailing out the perfect Christmas card to friends and family. Honestly, the added expense is just not in our budget this year. It’s smarter to stick to our budget and be intentional in all of our commitments to reduce stress. (Here’s a link to a holiday budget planning spreadsheet to help ensure you stay within your means!) We will have a brand new baby this year, I can easily let go of perfectionism. I just want to create meaningful memories with my family.
TOGETHER – Since neither of our families live close by I want to be intentional to get together with friends during the holidays to celebrate the season. I’m committed to keeping it simple, and not creating added stress with fancy meals. With our families, I’d like to focus on creating memories and experiences together as a family instead of focusing on gift giving.
GIVING – Giving is my favorite part of the Christmas season. We always incorporate giving with our children. We also volunteer time at our church to help with benevolence ministries. I am committed to continuing this tradition with our family.
So, how am I doing? Well, right after I posted my goals I was admitted into the hospital and delivered our third baby. Our new baby, Jordan Hope, is now two weeks old and I have to be honest I haven’t thought about any of my Meaningful Within our Means goals for my family for Christmas. Instead, I along with my husband and two older children have been adoring our new baby girl. But, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start. Instead of being discouraged, I realize that I have to consider my season of life and do the best that I can. I want to be real with you here, because I know life happens to all of us. The good news is that today is a new day and we can start brand new.
So, in keeping it simple and considering I have a newborn here are three things I can do this week:
1. Plan our Christmas list using the budgeting tool to make sure that we stay on budget thus avoiding any extra stress that comes with overspending.
2. Make Christmas cookies with my kids for my husband to take to his office to share with his co-workers. This has a two fold purpose. First, I want to create intentional memories and Christmas traditions with my children. They especially love baking together. Secondly, we want to make sure that we are “others” focused. Teaching my kids the importance of serving others is so important to my husband and I.
3. Pick an angel off the Salvation Army Angel Tree to bless this Christmas. In keeping with “others” focused we want to bless those in need and take the focus off of ourselves. We are blessed to be a blessing.
What about you? Here is a fabulous Holiday Planning guide from Suntrust to help you get started, plus you’ll want to check out the holiday hub site here for all of the Meaningful Within Your Means content. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by with regrets.
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