Monday, December 10, 2018

15+ Ways to Stay Calm During the Holiday Season

It is no secret that the holiday season can be stressful and frustrating. As a concierge in a big city like Houston, I am pulled 5 million different directions constantly. Here are some ways to stay calm during the holiday season.
  • Begin your day by meditating.
  • Go for a 30 minute walk.
  • Jump on a trampoline for 15 minutes.
  • Read a book.
  • Cook or bake a new recipe. 
  • Sit and watch a movie with no distractions.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Do yoga.
  • Write down what you are thankful for.
  • Write a letter to someone who did something nice for you.
  • Give back.
  • Talk to a neighbor, friend or family on the phone you.
  • Say thank you.
  • Decorate your house a little at a time.
  • Choose to look at the positive of the holiday season.
  • So NO to things you don't want to do.

Friday, December 7, 2018

15+ Tips for an Eco Friendly Holiday Season

The holidays can revolve around a lot of material things. Here are some eco friendly was to make your holiday season a little more eco friendly by choosing greener options.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree. 
  • Buy energy efficient LED lights.
  • Give back. 
  • Use recycled materials like recycled paper or cloth when wrapping presents.
  • Buy carbon credits from sites like TerraPass if you are traveling this holiday season. 
  • If you are deciding on where to travel choose and eco friendly or green destination.
  • Support local when having your holiday feast. 
  • Sponsor a family in need. 
  • Give experience gifts rather than stuff. 
  • Draw names and only give one gift. This reduces waste and lessens the stress.
  • Utilize timers to save on usage. 
  • Use nature as a way to decorate. 
  • If you are going to different holiday activities with others, carpool.
  • Compost leftovers.
  • Send digital cards.
  • Use non-disposable plates, glasses, flatware and napkins.
  • Buy organic or biodynamic wine and alcohol. 
Photo by Jeremy Gallman on Unsplash

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Bucket List

I love the coziness of the holidays (well here in Houston sometimes it's still hot & humid). Here is what is on my holiday bucket list this year.

  • Sit by the fireplace more.
  • Have dinner outdoors and utilize the fire pit.
  • Go ice skating at Discovery Green.
  • Look at Christmas lights in River Oaks.
  • Do some fun holiday activity in The Heights.
  • Visit the Zoo Lights.
  • Make cookies with my grandparents.
  • Cut down our Christmas tree.
  • Watch holiday movies.
  • Host an outdoor movie night.

Photo by Rodolfo Marques on Unsplash

Monday, December 3, 2018

2018 Holiday Intention

I talked about my holiday intention last year and did really well planning early again this year, especially on the gift giving side of things and with my calendar. Of course there will always be chaos that ensues, but for now I hope to be well prepared as possible for the busy holiday season.  This year my holiday intention was to give back more and it came in unexpected ways.

I am the philanthropy director for the National Concierge Association of Greater Houston and this year our give back project is to bring donations for MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital to our December meeting. Plus, I am rallying my neighbor's like I do most years and some of them will be contributing this year as well. 

Then I was helping Heroes for Children this year and decided to sponsor a whole family instead of a child. Hope this family will have some holiday joy. 

Then of course, there will be volunteer projects sprinkled in this holiday season. 

What is your holiday intention?

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all of my clients, colleagues and friends!