Every year around the holiday season, we hear a lot of women guiltily saying, “I should be buying for other people, but …” as they browse and buy for themselves.
I always joke around and say things like, “You can’t give to others unless you first give to yourself!“. This year, I started looking at this phenomenon a little more seriously. What is it about women that we feel so guilty about doing nice things for ourselves? So many of us, whether we’re moms, sisters, daughters, wives, friends or partners give and give all year round.
I’m thinking of my friend Sarah who contributes to her community in so many ways. She plans and runs events at our sons’ school, is on the Parent Council, does fundraising and organizes fun events for us all when we get together. She’s also the one you can always count on for a thoughtful gesture, a hug or a glass of wine just when you need it. She’s everyone’s emergency babysitter. And she does it all with a smile. She just gives and gives all year long to everyone who knows her. Her friends, family and community are all so lucky to have her.
Then, there is my friend Jaclyn who can always be counted on for all kinds of amazing things. When a bunch of her friends who didn’t know each other were pregnant or had babies around the same time, she started a monthly “Mommy Meet” group – even though she has no kids! While we got to know each other and talked about the perils of maternity pants and diapers, Jaclyn loved every minute of it because she’s just so into her friends and bringing people together. Seven years later, we’re still all good friends, celebrating birthdays and milestones and even though Jaclyn has moved out of the country, she makes the effort to visit often and stay in touch. She also makes jam, hosts bike repair workshops and makes quilts for anyone she knows who has a baby.
I have many women like this in my life. I’m sure you do too, and I’m sure you’re one of them – giving for the pure joy of giving all year round.
So, now, and I’m going to get tough here: Don’t you go walking around feeling GUILTY about giving to yourself! You go out and buy yourself whatever lovely treats you want this year! You ask the people in your life for what you really want!
Think about all those great women in your life who keep your family running smoothly, who help take care of your kids, who contribute to your communities and who just make your life better and more fun by being in it. Maybe they could use something nice this year too?
Now, of course, to make it easy, we have a great selection of presents at Fresh Collective. We have earrings, necklaces, nail polish sets and tights, all under $25.00, and we have our favourite gift, The Best Gift Ever.
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How awesome would it be this holiday season to have everything you want? How rewarding would it be for you to give someone on your list this holiday season, everything they could ever want, and might not know to ask for?
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