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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best Kind of Gift

Today's post won't involve a gift guide or anything material, but it will include a gift that you should give yourself.

I honestly dislike going places during the holidays.  I encounter so many rude and nasty people, and not to mention the crazy drivers who think getting a good parking spot at the mall is more important than the safety of those around them.  This weekend, I HAD to do some shopping.  I hadn't purchased any presents, and I needed to get a gift for my little brother to give our mom since I would be out of town on Christmas.  He had picked out a bracelet, so I went to pay for it.  While we were there, my boyfriend suggested we should look at rings so that he could get a feel for what I like.  BUT some rude, impatient holiday shopper had other plans.  He stood right on top of us and talked and coughed loudly, basically pushing into us.  Before we could even get a ring out of the case, it was unbearable, and we paid for the bracelet and left, because I felt myself becoming that ugly holiday shopper. (Seriously, I thought he & I might become stars of next season's Snapped!)

To calm myself down, I created a list of things that I loved that couldn't be bought at a store:
  • Putting foundation on a freshly moisturized face
  • A good cup of peppermint tea
  • Being able to write when inspiration strikes
  • Finding vibrant colored sticky notes in the office supply room
  • When the little boy that I babysit giggles
  • A compliment - extra points when it doesn't involve appearances
  • The adrenaline of post-event tear down
  • A good hair day
  • Francis attacking me every time I come home
  • A heart-felt note
Today, I challenge you to do the same - make a list of things that make you happy.  And when you're having a bad day and seconds away from becoming that horrible holiday shopper, pull out your list.

I would love to see what makes you happy, so feel free to leave it in the comments or use this as inspiration for your own post.



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  1. I love taking the time to appreciate the things in life that money just cannot buy. Some of my favourite things are the smile on my little brother's face when I walk through the door, the satisfaction of a clean and tidy kitchen, the smell of laundry, the birds in the shrubbery down the street that stay all year long (even through the horrible Saskatchewan winters) and sing to me as I walk by, the friendship that my roommate and I have built, and the feeling of crawling into a made bed at the end of the day.

    Thanks for the reminder to stop and appreciate!

    Sweet Spontaneity

    1. Thanks for sharing your list! A clean kitchen makes me so happy, as well! Hope that you have a great week, dear :)

  2. Great tips to relax during a crazy holiday season!

  3. I love love love this idea! I concur about the puppy attacks, the pure joy that I see on my dogs faces when I pull into the driveway makes caring for them & all the shedded hair! worth it!

    xoxo, SS

    1. Hahaha, I understand completely! I always try to be careful when I come home from lunch because I don't want to get covered in hair, but you're right... So worth it!

  4. This is an awesome list!! What makes people so extra nasty around the holidays, shouldn't it be the opposite?!

    1. I always ask myself the exact same thing! People should be full of cheer, not nastiness!

  5. ah you came up with a lovely list! It's all about the little things in life!
    xxo ClassToCloset

  6. I love the concept of this post -- I have a long list I've been keeping since 2006 of all the little things that make me happy. When I'm having a rough day I pull it out and read through them and I always feel better!

  7. I love the idea of this. The most thoughtful gifts are ones you can't buy in stores!

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