Incredibly, it's almost December, 2019. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebrating collective gratitude. Times are nusto right now, but there's still so much to be thankful for.
I'm so thankful for my friends and chosen family. This year, I'm giving them holiday gifts from my heart by making them, or by recycling them. Recycling gifts may seem "cheap" but, really, who cares and why? The shallow social standards we uphold around The Holidays breaks my heart. I think regifting is a great way to pass on and recycle what's not a good match for you.
Gifts are, afterall, symbols of showing someone you care about them and that you want their approval. So, why not give them something they'll enjoy even if you didn't buy it for them? Or if it's gently used? Buying hollow gifts is using energy that could be better used.
I'm especially excited to make gifts. See below for fun, craftsy gifts to make that save money, the environment and, most importantly, save you from the anxiety and stress of frenzied shopping crowds, internet group think, and commercialized love sharing.
Want to give a personalized gift? Imagine that you received a handmade card from an adult who, in their handwriting, wishes you happy holidays. Or wrote you a poem. Or said they're praying for you. Or shared how honored they are to be your friend. These personalized, authentic messages mean a lot more than an artificially scented candle.
And in the spirit of giving, I'm drumming and singing in a Tears for Fears cover band with fantastic musicians to raise money for Chicago Women's Health Center, see the photo above of teenage Mia with Roland Orzabal! Click here.
I hope you're staying healthy and balanced. Happiest holidays! What are you up to?
"When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” Thich Nhat Hanh