Family Portrait by Michael Mundy for An Afternoon With
There is always a trade-off, of course. But the goal is to make sure what you receive is irresistible.
For small business owners, the trade off for being independent, passionate and lifestyle-rich, is often being, well – shall I say it? Cash-poor (for at least some time, that is). Here’s how it works: What money we make often goes right back into the business. What money we manage to save, often gets hijacked and transferred right back into the business. And all moves we might desire to make as individuals are quickly regulated by what our businesses need. Running a close second to our human-children is the ‘other baby’ – our business. That baby never stops needing, and thus, we’re no longer free to travel, shop and do as we used to – when we were young, wild and free.
This may all sounds like a drag, but to me it’s the trade off for a life of wonder, excitement and passion – (and quite possibly a nice check down the road). I love my mercurial life as an entrepreneur, regardless of the trade-off!
And then, come the holidays…
This is exactly when my dedication to the entrepreneurial-lifestyle is challenged. I think: Who is this all for if I can’t give my kids everything they deserve? (Notice the word ‘deserve’) Am I being totally selfish by insisting on my dreams at all cost? Does it even make a difference if I work a 9-to-5 or run my own company – in the big scheme of things? Questions upon questions…
Ummmmm…Absolutely. It all matters. I’m fulfilled by the people around me, by what I do with my time (to the nano second) and by what I give to the world. Every bit of our murcurial lives matter and add up to greatness. To quote myself: Our marriages can be healthy, while our small business grow, while our children thrive, while we follow our dreams.
For this holiday season, I’m staying on trend – with myself. What that means is Papa Bear and I will be buying gifts for our family (nuclear + extended) that not only keep us on budget but also speak to what’s important in our lives: travel, health, beauty, culture and music.
My goal this year is to not spend too much yet feel like we’ve received the most. And perhaps along the way, the kids will understand and appreciate all that we have and what it took to get those things.
I’ve already started making my list…
6 INSPIRED & INSPIRING HOLIDAY GIFTS:
*Sponsoring A Family
We’re gifting one needing family with our gently used books, toys, coats, clothing, and of course a COMPUTER for the holidays. I’m leaning towards the Dell Inspiron 14z because it’s a great laptop for an entire brood, like ours (we have one and LOVE it!). It’s not too fragile for little hands but it’s totally beautiful, sleek and lightweight. We’ll deliver it fully-loaded, of course, and my Teen will do the honors of uploading it with a great eclectic mix of music and movies for their family.
For my family, technology has always allowed us to #DoMore. We ‘travel’ the world from our living room, ace homework assignments with ease, enjoy movies and music on a budget and explore every idea we’ve ever had. Woah! We’re a gadget-obsessed family and excited to share our tech-wealth with a ‘newbie’ family!
This is the gift that’s so easy, regardless of your budget and will give both you and the receiver a deep sense of gratitude. You can do this through local churches.
*World Map Wall Paper $150.00
Oversized and gorgeous, this world map decorates and inspires. Inquisitive minds will be encouraged to follow their whims and ultimately experience a life of travel, culture and exploration!
*Moleskin Journals $6-$19
Multi colored & multi-sized for note taking, free styling and day dreaming. Gift a bundle of three and watch the creativity flow!
*Family Portraits under $50
Family vs Sandy – PA, 2012
Collect your best shots of family and friends over this past year and beautifully bind them in a gorgeous hard cover book format. This keepsake can be done effortlessly through iPhoto. Give them annually for an awesome library of your life. Wow!
*Personalized Fairy Tales $32
Who better to star in a great superhero story than your own child! Tales about your kids with their names and skin tones cutomized into each book is priceless. My parents gifted these to me when I was six, and it became my favorite pastime to read stories about myself! I think they make great gifts for the mature audience as well!
*Gold – Luxury Skin Cream $21
Beauty is perhaps the most adored gift. And whenever I’ve gifted GOLD to my friends, they’ve thanked me! I made this natural moisturizer to be used all over the body. It helps smooth and soften dry skin, prevent stretch marks, sun damage, and face wrinkles. It’s my magic – perfect for the most sensitive skin type, both old & young. Awesomeness in a jar.
No Need to wrap this beauty!
Tip: This cream is kind of genius. I use the Citrus on my son and it helps with his eczema. My friends use it on their faces while skiing to prevent wind burn. A couple of dabs on kinky hair and it’s the perfct leave-in. I use it all over just a few minutes before getting dressed in the morning. This is absolutely what’s ‘in my bag’. (FYI, I’m obsessed with the Geranium Rose.)
**GORGEOUS NEW PACKAGING JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YAY!**
I’m all about spreading and receiving love + ideas in multiple forms. The computer, the books, the body cream…all that! Gentle sparks to help ignite your passion.
#StirItUp for the holidays.