Our sunny welcoming South African summer is here!
Take it in with all your senses! Embrace the smell of sunblock! The sound of the birds and laughter of the kids playing outside! Notice the change of colour around you in your summer wardrobe, the swimming towels and vibrant colour of summer salads and cold drinks!
Enjoy and cherish the time with your loved ones!
The other day my three-year-old son asked me to play with him outside, tired and really just wanting to relax inside, I tried to squash myself into our little sand pit. With wonder in his eyes he looked up at me and said “I am sitting with you Mommy”. That is it. That is what’s important – just be present!
Get some rest!
We all know how busy the holiday season can be. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of all the preparation tire you out. Rest will pay off in the new year and ensure that you are able to be present in the precious moments that count the most!
Spend your money wisely
The malls over flowing with excitement and holiday music can make it hard to resist the “On sale” sign.
Some tips that might help with your finances this season:
- Keep a list (Yes, even Santa knows it’s wise to keep a list! This will help you to focus on that which is planned and budgeted for).
- Don’t over spend on your credit card, if you don’t have money for this now, when will you be able to pay it back? If you don’t have a reasonable answer to that question, rethink your purchase.
- More than “deserving” the item (you don’t have money for) – remember you don’t deserve the emotional stress that comes in January when all the holiday lights are out. Emotional health is just as important!
SO, this year before you enter December 2021, plan and focus on having a memorable and meaningful…
… a festive but peaceful
…. fun filled but wise Festive season!
Janene Marais | Associate