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Holiday Shopping: Go Getter or Procrastinator

Holiday Shopping: Go Getter or Procrastinator

This is crazy! This weekend will be December…the holiday season…the end of the year. Wasn’t it just summer like two days ago? (And I’m not just saying that because the weather got cooler two days ago…lol).

I want to talk about your holiday shopping regimen. Are you one of those people that has all their holiday shopping done by October? Do you wait until December 23rd to even get started? Are you a regifter? Do you make gifts, buy gifts, or send e-gifts? Geeze…after asking all those questions I may feel even more overwhelmed about this holiday season! 🙂

My usually holiday shopping routine consists of shopping early (mostly online), having gifts shipped to me or picking them up at the store and then procrastinating on the wrapping of the gifts. All-in-all, a very well-rounded approach to the season of giving in my opinion! However, this year I feel like the season has completely snuck up on my this year and I’m way behind the 8-ball.

The good news is that I’ve seen a change in the retail industry as well. Instead of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and then Cyber Monday, it seems it’s now all on sale all the time! It seems retail is taking drastic measure to get you into their store or onto their website. I mean, it’s the Thursday after Thanksgiving and my email is still getting flooded with both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

This is all good news for me since I’m somewhat procrastinating this year, but it makes me think of how the retain industry has changed so much. How many of you have a fully stocked Amazon cart like I do? I mean who needs to shop at various stores or on various sites when you can compare each price to the same product on Amazon.com? I’ll admit that Amazon is very convenient, but it does make me a little worried about what’s going to happen to all the retail stores. There are already so many vacant and storefronts – even entire shopping plazas are on life support.

Who knows, maybe this year I’ll get my booty in gear and take advantage of all the extended sales retailers and websites are offering. Then again, I’m already behind and procrastinating so I guess time will be the ultimate deciding factor.

 

How do you holiday shop?

Talking Politics in the Workplace

Talking Politics in the Workplace

Tomorrow is Election Day and if you didn’t get to the polls during early voting, tomorrow is a very important day! I myself am actually really excited for the 24 hour coverage to begin tomorrow! This is a very important civic duty that everyone should care about – no matter your party affiliation. Election Day to me is always a very exciting day…seeing how everyone votes on both the candidates and the issues in their communities.

All that aside, I usually keep my excitement for Election Day, my party affiliation and political talk in general to a minimum when in the workplace. I’m not saying you have to cease and desist all politics talk (that obviously depends on your office and their policies), but being “politically correct” at work is definitely a good idea. So I have a couple Do’s and Don’t’s to share to help you with the big Election Day work politics.

  • Do: Check your employee handbook to make sure you can talk politics
  • Don’t: Think that just because you’re “off the clock” it’s okay when with coworkers
  • Do: Make sure you’re being considerate of all viewpoints
  • Don’t: Talk about the really heated issues
  • Do: Know when to stop the conversation and remain friends

Hopefully this helps get you through your Election Day work day tomorrow – especially if you have TVs in the office! Get out and VOTE!

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Mid-Week Break: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

It’s time for a celebration this week! Independence Day is this Wednesday – in the middle of a workweek. I think it’s kind of nice to have a mid-week break from a regular work week…two days to hit it hard, a break and then two more days to get things done. But what do you think? Would you rather have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday or do you also like the idea of a mid-week break?

4th of July Activities

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays…mainly because it’s in the Summer – my favorite season. I think you all know by now that I’m a big beach and pool person. If I could go everyday, all day I would! So you can bet that’s where I’ll be on Wednesday!

I like to do a lot on Independence Day to really celebrate being independent. Some of the additional activities I like to include:

  • kayaking/paddle boarding
  • grilling out with neighbors and friends
  • dressing up in my favorite red, white and blue clothes/bathing suits
  • watching fireworks from the roof

What do you have planned to celebrate Independence Day?

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

Summer is Coming…Are You Ready?

My favorite season is DEFINITELY summer! That’s right…I love summer in Florida. For me, every weekend is about hitting the pool or beach, riding with the top down and sipping on summer-inspired cocktails at restaurants along the beach and intracoastal.

This summer, I’ve vowed to do more than my usual routine (even though it doesn’t get old for me). I want to take more advantage of Florida in the Summer. In case you need a little inspiration for your summer (at least when it’s not pouring outside), take a look at my summer bucket list below.

  • Visit a natural spring in Florida
  • Pedal power my Summer by booking a Cycle Party tour with friends and family
  • Ride my bicycle more around town
  • Make my way to Miami more and visit unique locations like Concrete Beach Brewery
  • Write more (see…I started already!)
  • Go hair-free with Body Details to make Summer fun even easier

What do you want to accomplish this summer?

 

New Year…New Goals

New Year…New Goals

I’ve gotta be honest…I’m not much for resolutions. I am big on goals though. But what’s the difference? To me, resolutions never stick. When it comes to a new year, everyone starts talking about resolutions, fresh starts and drastic changes to their lives. While I believe this is a great way to think for a new year (especially when it comes to bettering your health, finances, life, etc.), the word “resolution” still has such a negative connotation for me.

Since “resolution” is most notably linked to the term “New Year’s Resolution” I automatically think that it’s something that will never be completed – since almost all of mine go unfinished. It may be just semantics, but I’m a much bigger fan of the word “goal”. I can set my own goals at any time of the year without the pressure of all that New Year excitement. I can amend my goals as I go to further the success already obtained from the original goal!

Here’s the bottom line. A resolution is what you set to “fix” something. A goal is what you set to fulfill your dreams and ambitions. So this year, I will be setting no resolutions…only goals.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year!

 

Holiday Shopping Getting Out of Control?

Holiday Shopping Getting Out of Control?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well…it is for most. For others, it’s a busy time of holiday shopping and list making to ensure no one gets left behind when it comes to receiving presents.

I myself start my list-making well before Thanksgiving and get a rush every time I check something off of my shopping list. Every year it’s different….and different for everyone. My list includes parents, nephews and a niece, friends, my awesome service peeps (nails, lashes, etc.) and the list goes on. For others, their lists are even longer.

Hopefully you’ve already made your list of holiday gift recipients, but just in case you haven’t take a look at the list below to get to “making a list and checking it twice!”

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • Boss
  • Co-workers
  • Service people
  • Clients
  • Neighbors

Enjoy your holiday shopping and wrapping! And definitely try not to let it get too overwhelming for you.