Black Friday (deals) kind of defines the beginning of the holidays season; it’s no longer a thing in the US only, just go check your mails to find all the “last minutes”, “great deal”, “black/yellow/blue week”… If you’re not familiar with it, #BlackFriday
falls right after #Thanksgiving
So we go crazy buying things we do not need, right after being grateful for what we already have 🤪
. I just finished reading a book that I quite enjoyed; its tagline says “the Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and quoting Arianna Huffington, “it’s an essential read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, wellbeing and happiness”. By the way, the book is “Essentialism”, by Greg McKewon. .
So, this got me thinking… if LESS (but better) is directly related to happiness, how come we fall into the insanity of the holidays shopping spree?
I’ve been flirting with the concept of #Minimalism
, and even though I would not call myself so, I’ve adopted some good practices as a starting point.
One is the habit of seasonal #decluttering
and of chosing to keep those things that I REALLY love. (Another good book – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up did its deal 🌸). The other is thinking twice before I buy something:
Do I really need it?
Is it really good value for money?
What am I going to let go to welcome this?
Can I save the money for something more important?
I have to say that it works. I own less but better for sure ☺️ .
To wrap up, my advice for these holidays then is not to go crazy with shopping stuff you do not need; if you want to make a nice gift to someone you love, think of a nice plan together 💛 .
~ The most loving gift you can give someone is your time and undivided attention ~
Presence is the best present! 🙏
Love, Paula 💕