In Today’s episode, we are talking about being present for the holidays this year and how to show up differently. 

Hello my friends, I don’t know how it came up so quickly but the holiday season is in full swing and this year will not be like other years.

I wanted to talk about being present for the holidays this year and how to show up differently. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the decorations but more importantly, I LOVEEEEE our traditions. We have traditions we do as an immediate family and traditions we do with our extended family and this year will be different, to say the least.

As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I always need to remind myself to slow down around the holidays and soak it all in. I want to cover 3 ways you can show up and be present this year that will make your heart happy.

Episode Highlights:

[00:52] If we go into lockdown, we’re stuck there for 28 days.
[01:18] 3 ways you can show up and be present this year that will make your heart happy.
[01:31] Gratitude has been scientifically proven to boost your happiness level.
[02:01] 30-day Gratitude Challenge
[04:30] We donated Smile boxes to the Canadian Cancer Society to give out to the first 50 cancer patients receiving treatment that day.
[05:17] Ideas of random acts of kindness.

Episode Quote
“Be present this holiday season and embrace it.

Kara Charron

Read The Full Episode:

Hello my friends, I don’t know how it came up so quickly but the holiday season is in full swing and this year will not be like other years. I wanted to talk about being present for the holidays this year and how to show up differently. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the decorations but more importantly, I LOVEEEEE our traditions. We have traditions we do as an immediate family and traditions we do with our extended family and this year will be different, to say the least.

As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I always need to remind myself to slow down around the holidays and soak it all in. I want to cover 3 ways you can show up and be present this year that will make your heart happy.

The first thing I want to go over is gratitude. Gratitude has been scientifically proven to boost your happiness level and I think now more than ever we need to focus on what we are grateful for instead of focusing on everything that is missing in our lives right now.

It has been proven people who practice gratitude on a daily basis respond better under circumstances that are not so great!

I have a 30-day gratitude challenge printable and you can pick it up for $1.99. Why am I charging for this? Well, it’s also been proven people who purchase something are more likely to use it than if it was given to them for free. If you want to check out my brand new shop at kara.shop it’s the only thing in it right now but more amazing things will be coming soon!

I promise you this challenge will serve you well and not only give you a little boost over the holidays but a nice start to the new year! Next up on my list is to do a random act of kindness now this can be big or small it can be something that costs you time or money. That is what is AWESOME about it.

If you have kids you should have a fun family meeting and say over the holidays as a family let’s create X amount of random acts of kindness and make a list. Our family runs an e-commerce store called sendasmile and it was a project we started for a few reasons.

1. To have my kids learn about digital business.

2. To create a fun local brand here in Canada

3. To give back. $1.00 from every order goes to charity. Beyond that this past week we donated 50 smile boxes to the Canadian cancer society to give out to the first 50 cancer patients receiving treatment that day. A nice way to kick off the holiday season.

Below I attached a pic of my kids and the staff who helped deliver them. It was so much fun and felt great to bring smiles to people who are fighting for their lives. It also reminds us how grateful we are because even though we are in isolation we have our health and that is a precious gift.

Some other ideas for random acts of kindness:

  • Give an unexpected compliment.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Let someone cut in front of you in line.
  • Pay the toll for the car behind you.
  • Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic.
  • Let someone else take that primo parking spot.
  • Buy a warm meal for someone in need.
  • Stop to assist someone who looks lost.
  • Donate flowers to a nursing home.
  • Pay for someone’s order behind you in a drive-through.
  • Take the time to write a great online review for a restaurant you love.
  • Pay for the meal of the people at the next table. (Leave before they realize what you’ve done.)
  • Leave a positive comment on a news article or blog post.
  • Tip 100% of your bill or just a big tip. (we did this recently and the waitress was shocked she said oh wait you made a mistake I said no I just gave you a really great tip so enjoy.)
  • Shovel your neighbours laneway and scape their car or mow the grass if you do not get winter.
  • If you know of a family who is struggling, have take out or groceries delivered to their house.

 Those are just a few ideas of how you can do some nice things over the holidays together as a family.

Our Christmas Day Scavenger Hunt

 

My last idea is to create a NEW tradition and you never know, it might just stick. I told you we have so many family traditions and as our kids are getting older we are retiring some, but others they still love.

One example is we do a custom type of scavenger hunt on Christmas day. Think of ‘minute to win it’ mixed with ‘the amazing race’ and my kids love it! Clues are all around the house and each clue reveals where the next one is, but sometimes they have to complete a task before getting it.

Example:

1. we have to each figure out a math equation and put the numbers together and get it right before the next clue.

2. Another one was 10 perfect passes in the garage with a volleyball (my kids both play volleyball competitively.)

3. The final clue reveals to them a gift.

Every year it takes about 20-30 mins before they open their first gift. They LOVE it and want to carry that tradition on when they have kids.

What tradition can you start this year that you haven’t done before?

Be present this holiday season and embrace it, I know it’s a challenging time but don’t let that get in the way of you having a wonderful holiday.

I wish you and your family all the best and if you feel like sharing, come to the podcast post and comment what new traditions you started or random acts of kindness you have done.