Well hello there lovelies. Happy Wellness Wednesday to ya. How is it possible we’re already knee deep into the holiday season? As you know, I’ve barely had a moment to embrace it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the internship, my business and adulthood I forget to take a step back.
My emotions may seem dramatic at times but that’s who I am. And with that comes endless feelings of overwhelming anxiety but also a lot of deep love. I’m no longer ashamed of these up and down spirals that embed my soul you know? In an effort to wake myself the heck up from stress, I decided to share with you some ways to give back this holiday season.
Not only a reminder to myself that HEY embrace this seasonof giving and love. Take a break even if you get behind, say no to events or mess up at work…take a breath. It’s okay to slow down. With that comes channeling my inner empath to reflect on givingback in some way to others versus getting caught up in my own messiness. We allhave our baggage. Sometimes I have to remind myself that things aren’t as big as they may seem. Paying it forward always brings me back down to earth and I’m hoping this fun roundup of ideas inspires you to reflect and do the same!
Would love to hear how you give back over the holidays orways you practice reflection! Feel free to comment below or send me an email. Ilove connecting with you all 🙂
5 Creative Ways to Give Back for the Holidays
1. Throw a Donation Themed Holiday Party: A reason to get together with your favorite humans AND donate to a local charity, food bank, childrens shelter, etc. Get creative and theme it! Things like Board Games, Cozy Clothing, Quality Canned Goods, Holiday SOCKS. That way instead of spending money on hostess gifts or an exchange, you all get to give back some love 🙂 While poppin the champagne…
2. Gifts with a Purpose: There are many non-department-store gifts out there that take some of their proceeds towards charities or research. Check out my favorites below 🙂 Click on the bold lettering to go to the website!
–S’well Reusuable Water Bottles: These water bottles are trendy (and cute) for good reason. S’well is dedicated towards using their profits towards the UNICEF Tap Project which provides clean water and sanitation to children around the globe. Their ProductRed Bottle also donates 20% of their profits towards the Global Fund to help fightAIDS.
–Krochet Kids Accessories: Their knitted beanies and scarves are ADORABLE and thiscompany parners with the non-profit CAPABLE to help employ women in poverty in strickenregions of the world (mainly Northern Uganda). Fun fact? They’ll send you alittle intro on the person who handmade your product. I’m crying are youcrying?
–One Hope Wine:You can’t go wrong with wine for holiday gifts (and sanity). This specific winery, located in Napa, California HOLLER, gives back to a different charity with every single bottle made. So not only do you have fun picking out wines but you get to see what charity you’re helping to support with that purchase. I’ll sip to that.
–Warby Parker Glasses: You’re not cool until you own a pair of Warby’s. These babies are not only reasonably priced given the quality but they partner with non-profits to ensure for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is given to someone in need. Pretty rad.
–Everlane Clothing:This clothing company is built off ethical practices. They partner with factories around the world that provide fair wages and a respectful environment (seeking out & visiting the factories themselves). They thrive off a mission of “radical transparency”. Learn more about their philosophy and factories HERE. The clothing is top notch and cute AF as well.
3. Workout for a Cause or Host a Charity Fitness Event: Lots of fitness studios like Soul Cycle will host charity events during the holidays! Look up your favorite workout places in your area and see if they’re offering any soon! Or search for an outdoor race like a 5k that’s hosting a holiday event.
4. Bake for your local Fire Fighters: Or even the mail man that’s delivering your packages Christmas eve. There are lots of service people working on Christmas and baking can be a fun way to make them feel connected. Make it a party with friends to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, bake and decorate cookies. In fact, I may be hosting one of these myself this year Here are some holiday baked good ideas if you need inspiration! (some TNK faves of course)
5. Celebrate a Charity with your Family: Sometimes getting together with the whole familia can be drama (we all have it) and stressful trying to find gifts for everyone. A fun alternative could be to choose a charity (see some ideas below) to all donate money to. Or do a game night with each team playing to raise money for their favorite charity! All about that friendly competitiion for a cayuse 🙂
-Action Against Hunger: Delivers aid to 7 million malnourished children around the world each year.They’ve even improved survival rates by 90% in communities they’ve helped.Amazing.
–Human Society of the United States: One of the largest animal protection organizations in the country!
My Reflection on Giving Back
I’ve always wanted to volunteer in the pediatric unit on Christmas eve. Now that I have exposure to the hospital setting every day from my internship, it really puts things into perspective, more so than I thought it would. I think that’s why I struggle so much…my emotions get the best of me and I am constantly absorbing the energy around me.
That being said, it also brings me back down to earth in that life is simple. Things are happening for us, not to us. We GET to wake upeveryday, nourish our souls, connect with humans and move our body in challenging ways. Some are a lot less fortunate and I try not to take advantageof the fact that regardless of my hardships in the past, I’ve lived pretty splendidly. Others don’t even get that choice or know what it feels like to run down the stairs on Christmas morning to cookies and presents.
It breaks my heart but it’s a friendly reminder to not get so damn stressed over the holidays. Instead, put money or time towards something outside of ourselves, something to give back to the community, help others in need or those suffering. Gosh I want to tear up just typing but I promise paying it forward feels a lot more grounding than getting worked up over holiday hoopla or spending. Okay ready to go call my grandparents now and hug some humans. TNK will be back Friday with recipe coziness, stay tuned!