3 Strategies to Get You Thru the Holiday Season

by Sponsored Post on December 20, 2014

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3 Strategies to Get You Thru the Holiday Season
By: Judy Davis

holiday stressJingles on the radio, bell ringers at mall entrances and beautiful lights around every corner; the stage is set for a perfect holiday season. So why are so many of us finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit?

Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of decorating, holiday parties and gift purchases. Perhaps it’s the realization another year is coming to an end.  It could even be the anticipation of yet another get together seated around the table with Uncle Joe and his awful table manners or an evening spent wondering who will make sure Grandma gets home safely.
Holidays are a time when we gather together with family and friends to celebrate the season and while it’s something we look forward to; it can also be quite stressful. Without realizing it, we have so much going on that it can become overwhelming leaving us feeling stressed out and edgy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 3 strategies that will help you get through to the New Year and allow you to celebrate the season without the stress and drama that often comes with it.

  1. Limit how much you take on.
    During the holidays we often become overwhelmed with all the extra tasks we add to our already busy lives. To insure you aren’t taking on too much, evaluate each task, activity and event before adding it to your calendar by asking yourself these two questions:a. Is it necessary
    b. Will it enhance the holiday I envision for myself and my family.If you can’t answer yes to both of these questions then don’t put it on your schedule.
  2. Remember the holidays are not a time to open old wounds.
    Gathering with family and friends is a holiday tradition, and sometimes that means you will be in a situation that is less than ideal. Put grudges aside and try to have an open heart, especially if you find yourself surrounded by people you avoid seeing for the rest of the year. If you are feeling the tensions rise or an argument begins, take a step away and refocus your attention on something that brings you joy. There is a time and place for resolution and this isn’t one of them.
  3. Don’t buy into the hype or try to keep up with the Jones’.
    It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind isn’t it? Every television commercial, storefront and radio ad would have us think there is the perfect gift, the perfect party and the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. But we aren’t Norman Rockwell or a Hallmark movie. How your family celebrates this time of year is very personal and it’s important to stay true to who you are. Stick with traditions and activities that bring you joy. Spend within your budget and don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’; they don’t have to pay the bills nor do they know what makes your family happiest.

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Tech Moment: The Power of a Twitter Chat

by Judy Davis - The Direction Diva on December 15, 2014

Power of a twitter chatAs a blogger and social media influencer I’m often asked about twitter chats. What they are, how they work, why they are powerful.  So I thought I’d shed some light on this topic because

1.  I love twitter chats
2.  I think that this type of engagement is an important social media trend that can really help you engage with your clients and attract quality prospects

It’s an effective and informative way to create relationships while providing quality information and content above and beyond what the average Joe is sharing. And that’s powerful….So let’s dive in!

What is a Twitter Chat?

A twitter chat is a pre-planned conversation held on a specific day & time that utilizes the twitter stream and is focused around a specific topic that is designated with a unique Hashtag. The hashtag is used to link the conversation together, facilitate interaction and highlight a brand/organization/topic..

How Does A Twitter Chat Work?

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Military Life: Are you a survivor?

by Judy Davis - The Direction Diva on December 10, 2014

“Tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring”
- Tom Hanks in Castaway

Are You A SurvivorThe other day we were sitting watching the movie Castaway. I have always liked the movie, and Tom Hanks is incredible, but this time it really hit home. It was like an AHA moment for me, and it made me think about my life. Castaway was a story about one man’s life journey.

It was a story about a character that grows and becomes a survivor, and I wondered if I would fare so well given the same circumstances. What would happen if I suddenly found myself lost in an environment that I knew nothing about. Would my instincts take over? Would I push through the pain and not only learn to survive, but learn to thrive & remain optimistic?

And then it dawned on me that while it wasn’t a deserted island, becoming a military spouse had similar challenges that I had to overcome. And like Tom I have never lost sight of my ultimate goal of embracing and making the most out of my experience. [click to continue reading …]

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How to have a Better Holiday Season

by Judy Davis - The Direction Diva on December 8, 2014

how to have a better holidayA while back I was reading a book by my long time friend Sandy that had tips about how I could do a better job at enjoying the holidays. You see for years I spent most of my time stressing out to make sure everyone around me had a magical season. Who cared if I enjoyed myself, my mindset was that I was responsible for making sure that my family had a Christmas like it was in all the hallmark movies.

So you can imaging how excited I was when she shared these 8 steps. Instantly I began to feel less stressed and much to my surprise I was able to have more fun AND so did my family. I loved these steps because they helped enable me to create a Stress free holiday and just had to share them with you.

How to have a Better Holiday Season 

inspired by Beyond Eggnog & Mistletoe

Do you remember doing this as a kid? Maybe you had an advent calendar, maybe you marked off days on a wall calendar, but we all got so excited when December 1st arrived. Then each morning we woke up all excited because we are one day closer to Christmas.

You can have that same joy now, even in the midst of all your holiday preparations.

I’m going to give you a simple system you can follow to do it. The only catch here is that you have to do a little planning, and you have to make some choices. If you will do that, you can celebrate every day in December just like you did as a kid! [click to continue reading …]

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