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In the late nineties a department store in Canada (Zellers) aired a television commercial that pretty much summed up how we can get lost in Christmas preparations. It’s a great thing to consider as we make our way into the holiday season.

So tell me- before you start making your grocery lists or inviting friends and family over for a great holiday gathering- what are you giving yourself for the holidays this year? The gift of family is a very important one, but what have you done to ensure you spend quality time enjoying their company? Moreover, aside from the hostess gifts or presents eventually stowed under the tree- what is it that you can give yourself this year that will make the coming months happier and more fulfilling?

Take some time over the next few weeks and consider making a list of things you can do for yourself. Set some time aside to start that book you’ve been putting off. Ditch twenty minutes of shopping time and go for a brisk walk. Take some time for coffee or a glass of wine with friends you wish you saw more of. Visit a health coach, fitness pro, beauty bar professional or even (dare I say it?) a cosmetic surgeon to start talking about how you can look and feel your best for the holidays.

Whatever it is you choose to do with the time you make for yourself- enjoy it- revel in it… and make it the first of many such times you schedule yourself into your busy calendar. Remember- when you feel fulfilled and happy friends and family will be happier too…