This Holiday, Choose

It it just me, or did the hype over "black friday" and "cyber monday" deals start really early this year? I can't log on to the internet much less look at my Facebook feed without being slammed with people wanting this deal or that deal or this discount code or that coupon. Really?! Let's face it, the holidays are stressful, but they don't have to be. Honest! I should talk, right? My husband and I have the world's smallest gifting budget this year having just bought a house. Really, the holidays can be filled with family, food, and fun. It just takes one thing - mindfulness.

I promise the world will not end if you don't give the "perfect" gift. There is not a single part of the holiday season that requires us to be stressed. Being stressed is actually a choice.

So, before you get up at 2am on Friday to go stand in line for whatever it is you "have to have," stop and breathe. Make a choice. Make a pledge to yourself, to your family, to your friends, and to your community. Pledge not to stress; to think before you act.

Your world will not end if you don't get that whatever at sixty percent off. As a matter of fact, the world will not end if you choose not to gift. I promise.

Whatever you do, choose. Choose mindfuly.