'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Written by Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

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1. Make a plan and stick with it.

Write down on your calendar what needs to be done and by when. This will keep you on track, as things become increasingly hectic.

2. Having a Hallmark Christmas would be wonderful, but let's be realistic.

More than likely not everything is going to turn out to be justrepparttar way you planned. Don't try to make everything perfect. Dorepparttar 131129 best you can, and letrepparttar 131130 rest go.

3. Not everything has to be homemade.

In today's world, some ofrepparttar 131131 best goodies and treats can be found in your supermarket. Decide which two or three cookies and candies you will make. Select one day or evening to bake and make, box or freezerepparttar 131132 goodies, and call it done.

4. Make a budget and stick with it.

If you are one of those organized savers that opens a Holiday Club account at your local bank, all you have to do is go torepparttar 131133 bank and pick up your money. If you are likerepparttar 131134 rest of us, decide how much you can take out of your current budget. If you plan on using credit cards, decide how much you will charge, and keep track. Remember that you do have to pay them back beginning in January.

5. Homemade cards are wonderful, but do you really have time?

Unless you began making your cards in June, forget it. Buying them will be just fine. Including a handwritten note in each one is a nice touch; however, unless you started six months ago, let it go. I know many people disdain those form holiday letters, but they are better than receiving a card that is simply signed Don and Diane. Since holiday cards arerepparttar 131135 only time we hear from some people, including a holiday letter helps us keep in touch with our once-a-year friends.

6. You do not have to attend every holiday event.

Limitrepparttar 131136 number of holiday events you will attend. You simply don't haverepparttar 131137 time to go to every single party, tree decorating event, and craft show that will be happening during this busy time ofrepparttar 131138 year. Decide what you want to attend, RSVP in advance, and enjoy.

7. If you are hosting a party or holiday dinner, don't try to cook it all.

If you are hosting a holiday event, consider having some, if not all, of it catered. If that isn't inrepparttar 131139 budget this year, askrepparttar 131140 guest to bring their favorite dish to share. This way you will only have to provide some ofrepparttar 131141 food and will haverepparttar 131142 time and energy to enjoy your guest.

8. Ask for help.

You don't have to do everything. Getrepparttar 131143 family involved. Everything is more fun when done with others. Get help decoratingrepparttar 131144 tree, bakingrepparttar 131145 goodies, and addressingrepparttar 131146 cards.

9. Don't forget to take care of yourself.

The holidays are notrepparttar 131147 time to abandon your routine. Keep going torepparttar 131148 gym, eating healthy foods, and taking time to relax. The holidays can be stressful and keeping up with our self-care will help to reducerepparttar 131149 stress and allow us to enjoyrepparttar 131150 season.

10. Remember whatrepparttar 131151 holidays are all about.

Beyondrepparttar 131152 gifts and glitter, this holiday is really about connecting with friends and family, and celebratingrepparttar 131153 love we have in our lives. Keep in mind what is important about this time of year. Celebraterepparttar 131154 important things and relax inrepparttar 131155 joy ofrepparttar 131156 season.

Rachelle Disbennett-Lee is a certified professional personal and business coach. Coach Lee is an internationally known coach and the publisher of the award winning newsletter, 365 Days of Coaching. For more information about Coach Lee go to her websites www.365daysofcoaching.com or www.coachlee.com

Lose your career and find a new life!

Written by Cathy Goodwin, MBA, PhD

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There are three components to identity: self-concept, social identity and paper identity.

Self concept is expressed when you fill out a series of "I am" statements. You think of yourself as a father, country club member, and banker.

Social identity isrepparttar way others view you. People treat you differently if you're a bank manager or if you're starting a new e-business in a field they've never heard of. Think about how you feel when you're introduced at parties as, "This is Mary. She is a"

Paper identity isrepparttar 131127 way you're regarded byrepparttar 131128 businesses and professionals you deal with. When you have a job, it is easy to get credit and a premium checking out. When you change careers, especially if you start your own business, you may be on shakier ground.

Your response to a new identity will be unique: "After being on my own, I went back to a corporate job. When we gotrepparttar 131129 United Way forms, it hit me. I was now an employee. It didn't feel good." Others will findrepparttar 131130 same world liberating: "No more chasing after clients -- and I loverepparttar 131131 pension contributions!"

I encourage career changers to include a plan for identity change, as a way to help smoothrepparttar 131132 journey.

Cathy Goodwin is a career consultant who focuses on intuition and career freedom. She likes to work with mid-career professionals who are evaluating their futures. Email for her free ezine: subscribe@movinglady.com and visit her website: http://www.movinglady.com

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