Welcome back readers!
Now that the craziness that is midterms is over, I’m back to write to you all about something very close to my heart; giving back. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in how much money everything costs, and getting everyone that perfect gift. Sometimes it’s not the perfect gift that matters most, it’s the time you spend with the ones you love, and maybe even the ones who need help. So here are a few of my ideas on how to keep the holiday spirit by giving of your time instead of only your wallet.
- If you have to give gifts, make them thoughtful. Not every gift needs to be this elaborate piece of technology you got on sale during Black Friday. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you buy from Dollar Tree and assemble yourself. They mean just a little bit more because you put the extra time and effort into making the gift, instead of buying something thousands of other people may have.
- Have a Friendsgiving or a Christmas dinner instead of exchanging presents. I do this one year-round for birthdays and other special events. Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a lunch where you just sit and catch up. Now that I don’t see some of my great childhood friends on the daily, I cherish those lunches with them more than anything they could send me in a package.
- Donate your free time to someone who needs it. It’s easy to get caught up in me-me-me during the holiday season, but really it’s the perfect time to give back. There are TONS of charities that need volunteers during the holidays for things like bell-ringing, feeding the people in their shelters, giving gifts to the young ones in need, the list goes on and on. I participate every year in Dressember, which I’m sure you know if you’ve read some of my other blogs, because I am passionate about ending Human Trafficking and it’s a way to remind myself every year that there are people out there that need my help. Every morning in December when I put on my dress and tights, I think of the young girl trapped in slavery either across the globe or just the next town over, and it makes me feel like I’m helping and that’s a great feeling.
- Fundraise for your charity listed above and maybe even donate a little yourself! Charities are constantly looking for donations, but especially during the holidays. If you’re going to volunteer, why not donate a little, and maybe even convince others to do so too! If it’s a cause you genuinely believe in, and you’ve done your homework about the organization, go for it! I fund raise with Dressember because I believe in the work they do in their organization and their partner organizations.
- Remember that the holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time. The holidays are meant to be fun and a chance to spend time with the ones you love. You shouldn’t have to stress out over how much money you are spending, when really all the other person may want from you is the gift of your time.
The most important gift you can give this holiday season is the gift of your time. I’m giving my time to Dressember this year, (Check out my page HERE, or join my team HERE) where will you give yours?
P.S. If you have any questions about Dressember, comment below or fill out the contact me form on the contact page and I would love to talk about it!