Is the thought of hauling out the boxes of old seasonal decor leaving you flat? Just can't get excited about running from store to store, exhausting yourself, to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones?
Is it too harsh to say it's because you're spending your hard-earned money on the same bunch of people who, frankly, wiped out your bank account all the other months of the year?
Yes, them. You know who I mean: the ones you gave, for free, a year's supply of toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, band-aids, Q-tips, Scotch tape, printer ink (that's a big one - that stuff costs more than precious metal), a fully stocked fridge, endless pots of organic coffee with cream and sugar, internet, electricity, light bulbs....and "do you by chance have a stamp?" Yes, of course I do, because I went to the post office and bought them - they are in the drawer. Those people who got dinner every single night, and a sandwich-to-go for lunch, too, had laundry & house cleaning services, and a shoulder to cry on. All this amazing stuff you provided in exchange for some hugs.
And now, because you just aren't that excited that the Gift Giving Holidays are around the corner, they begin to resent you for spoiling all their fun with your selfish "Humbug" attitude! Then they ask you for some wrapping paper so they can gift wrap a present they bought for you with points on Amazon, and a scarf that someone else gave them which wasn't quite their taste so they have generously re-gifted to you.
Remedy! Shop for yourself first, you really deserve it! You don't believe me? A little voice is saying, well that's selfish? It's not! Oprah says it this way:"Taking care of yourself so you can better care for others is an idea many women I talk to still can't embrace. But think of it in terms of the oxygen-mask theory: If you don't put on your mask first, you won't be able to save anyone else."
So Oprah and I say - get out there an buy something absolutely stunning that you didn't buy all year long because you WERE so busy buying groceries (lugging them home, putting them away, and then later on cooking!), household necessities, paying bills...for everyone!
I swear, after you spend the first $500 on yourself - don't even wrap it up with a big bow, just put it in your closet or, even better, wear it immediately - you'll feel a lot better. That's a promise.
Then you can order the stuff on Amazon with points for everyone else.