‘Tis the holiday season once again and you’ve probably already been reminded in a million different ways how to slow down, de-stress and enjoy this sacred time. How’s that working for you?
Try as we may, the reality of the season is that it is a demanding but joy-filled time. My experience has taught me to accept this heading into December with a knowing that everything will get done, so there’s no need to worry. I try to control the things I can—healthy eating, daily exercise, moments of quiet stillness and plenty of sleep. Every time the flood of duties, responsibilities and “to do” lists invades my peace (which is often), I remind myself that, as always, everything will get done if I keep my focus on the task at hand and enjoy what I am doing, trusting that future moments will take care of the rest.
Another less stressful way to enjoy the holidays is to step away from the big box chain stores and, instead, visit local artisans, farmers and small business owners. It’s fun, supports our community and sparks new friendships. Unique gift items, locally grown food, gift cards for indulging services and more can be found if you know where to look. And you can feel good knowing your food is fresh and healthy and your gift was not made in a sweatshop thousands of miles away, where employees are mistreated and hazardous materials are often used in dangerous environments.
This issue of Change is loaded with ideas and options—people and places that are open for business and offer the kinds of gifts that give back in many ways. Start with our advertisers, most of whom are feeling the effects of an economy that is calling upon us to be more frugal. It is vital that we spend our dollars with these hardworking members of our community.
When I read the articles in this issue I was amazed to learn of all the creative talent surrounding us! Our writers have worked especially hard to bring you a selection of articles focused on beautiful handmade gift items, recipes for adapting your favorite holiday meals with homegrown flair, a local children’s author, ideas for contributing to happy holidays for the less fortunate and other great finds.
Please share your special finds and comments with us on our website. Every article invites you to comment and post to your Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also post on our Facebook fan page and join our Twitter community. Spread the word that going local is a good investment any time of year.
Look for joy in every moment and a funny thing happens…you find it!
Peace to all,