'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Written by Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

'Tisrepparttar season to be jolly, unless of course you have far too much to do. It isn't like we can ditch all of our other duties just to deckrepparttar 131129 halls. Holiday chores are simply piled onto our already too hectic schedules. Sure, Martha makes it look easy as she makes homemade, hand-carved reindeer but don't forget that Martha has an entire staff to help her don her gay apparel.

The best way to guarantee that you will be singing fa la la la la duringrepparttar 131130 holidays is to make a plan and stick with it. The first measure is to decide on a budget. If you are one of those super-organized, saving type of people, now isrepparttar 131131 time to go and pick uprepparttar 131132 Christmas club money fromrepparttar 131133 bank that you have been making deposits into all year. If you are likerepparttar 131134 rest of us, decide how much you can take out of what you already have. If you are going to use credit cards, then make a deal with yourself only to charge so much. Remember that come January you will have to start paying them back. Do you really want to haverepparttar 131135 holidays haunt you all year long?

Not everything has to be homemade to create a wonderful heartfelt holiday. Decide what you will make and what you will buy. Homemade Christmas cards are wonderful, but if you didn't begin making them back in June, forget it. Buying them will be just fine. If you want to include a family picture withrepparttar 131136 card, don't forget you will need to getrepparttar 131137 picture in torepparttar 131138 photo developers far enough in advance to have it reproduced. There have been holidays past when my holiday cards became New Year's cards because I didn't have my pictures done in time. In addition, forget about writing a personal note in each one of them. Nice, but again unless you started this months ago, you will not have time. Although I know many people disdainrepparttar 131139 form-type holiday letter, it is better than hearing from someone once a year and all that is inrepparttar 131140 card is Love Dan and Donna. At leastrepparttar 131141 letter gives you a clue as to what is going on and helps you keep up with your once-a-year friends.

Although Martha will be baking a delectable array of international holiday treats,repparttar 131142 holidays will be just as sweet with just a few of your favorites. Decide which two to three types of cookies and candies you will make, schedule a day to bake, box or freezerepparttar 131143 cookies, and call it done. You might also want to consider doing a cookie exchange with some friends. Each person bakes several dozen of their favorite cookies and then exchanges what they make with several friends. This way everyone gets an array of cookies but only has to bake one kind. This is a wonderful way to keep things simple while enjoying wonderful treats and time with friends.

Keep in mind that although you are capable of doing a lot, you do not have to do it all by yourself. This isrepparttar 131144 time to getrepparttar 131145 entire family involved. Ask for help with everything from trimmingrepparttar 131146 tree, bakingrepparttar 131147 cookies, to wrappingrepparttar 131148 gifts. Instead of being in charge of makingrepparttar 131149 entire holiday dinner, have everyone contribute his or her favorite dish. The holidays are about enjoying time with family and friends and not about being stressed out and exhausted.

This year plan to have a jolly holiday season by planning and being realistic about what you can do.

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Being Less than Jolly Duringrepparttar 131150 Holiday Season

Lose your career and find a new life!

Written by Cathy Goodwin, MBA, PhD

I hear from many people who feel trapped in a career after fifteen or twenty happy, productive years. It's been a good ride, they say, but now it's time to jump offrepparttar train. They want to fulfill a creative dream, recover from burnout or just try something new. The old challenge is now a "been there, done that."

If you can relate to that description, you probably recognize that midlife career change is both easier and harder than starting out inrepparttar 131127 world of work. Change is easier because you have resources to greaserepparttar 131128 rails. You have savings, equity in your house, and a retirement fund. More important, you have acquired skills, contacts and networks. You may be able to userepparttar 131129 resources of your current employer to develop new skills.

Onrepparttar 131130 other hand, change is hard because you have invested in your career identity. In my relocation book, Makingrepparttar 131131 Big Move (New Harbinger 1999), I emphasize that moving is stressful because identity is interrupted. The change is equally stressful when you relocate your career.

Often people focus onrepparttar 131132 skills and activities they want to incorporate into their new careers, but ignorerepparttar 131133 impact on identity. Yet I have seen people falter and give up on new careers because they were uncomfortable withrepparttar 131134 new way they had to define themselves. Just saying, "I amů" creates a new reality.

Atrepparttar 131135 same time, once you begin to acquire a new identity, you increase your risk. It will be more difficult to return to a former career or job once you have begun to enjoy a new identity. And your former colleagues will see you differently.

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