Three ways to enjoy the holiday season

Benihana Christmas One party

If you’re not interested in simply gritting your teeth and pushing through the holiday season, I have some tips to help you through the duration of December with a remnant of your sanity intact.

1) Don’t leave your house

This is probably the biggest reason you’re feeling stressed. Going out shopping and seeing people purchasing expensive items, especially with cash, is sure to make the mug you picked out for your parents look like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Instead of venturing out into the wild, do your shopping at home. This way you’ll be clueless as to what everyone else is buying and be able to relish in your sensible gifting finds.

2) It’s best to avoid excess caffeine

Sure, caffeine puts a little zest in your step and it might help fight off depression, but it can also heighten feelings of anxiety and leave your body dehydrated. The last thing you’ll want to have happen, while shopping in an overcrowded and over-heated store, is to have a panic attack while feeling like a sock is stuck in your throat. Bring some water, lose the coffee, and hope for the best.

3) Set a spending limit with friends and family

Money is a huge issue this time a year. Most people feel like they don’t have enough of it. The best way to counter the inadequacy blues is to set a spending limit on gifts. This way no one has to feel guilty and everyone can better enjoy the company around them without fear of being judged for the amount they spent on a gift. With the money you save on gifts, why not donate a percentage to charity.

This year make spending time with the ones you love a priority!

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Keep It Simple, 2014.

If you’re ready to put on your dunce hat and call it a day, don’t. 2013 is almost over!

 

My New Year's won't be quite like this, but yours can be.

My New Year’s won’t be quite like this, but yours can be.

 

Though 2013 has had some good moments, its torrid weather patterns, political battles, and bitter coffee has burnt me out. The New Year I envision is one of simplicity and a good few accomplishments. Seeing as I want the next year to be slightly better than the last, I’ve thought up a few ways to help navigate the unknown.

Being out of school for a little while now, I forget writing can be an enjoyable experience sometimes. So I plan on writing something bad like Devin suggested in her 10 Resolutions post. Instead of getting bogged down by an intricate plot twists, or AMC worthy dialogue, I can focus on dreaming up the novella of my dreams. I’m thinking Edward Norton as the mysterious neighbor next door who always has the aroma of cinnamon buns coming out of his apartment.

In 2014 I want leap into the world of non-fiction. This year most of my reading time was spent on poems and novels. I want to switch it up and get out of my depressing fiction rut. I have a list of titles I’ve gotten recommendations on. If you have any suggestions on essays, memoirs, autobiographies, etc, feel free to leave a comment. Also, I’d like to get back into V.C. Andrews novels. Don’t ask me why.

Not the most uplifting read

Not the most uplifting read

All in all, I’m eady to say farewell to good ole 2013. I want to write and submit Essays, stories, and poems, read and write as if my life depended on it, as is my usual. I also want to get involved with my poetry and fiction communities in my area.  There’s no need to feel like an isolated writer when feeling like a poor one does just fine.

Have a happy and safe New Year everyone!

Imani