Give a Gift of an experience and create memories

For Christmas, the commercial tradition commands to offer gifts. Fortunately, there is no obligation!

Adults and children have too many things. We become disillusioned and we do not appreciate any of it anymore.

But, if you still want to give, why not offer something to live and experiment rather than an object? How about offering your time?

I know it’s trendy to offer an experience rather than a thing. It is very “zero waste” and I appreciate that aspect but, what drives me more towards this type of gift is that it creates memories. It contributes to well being

Doing an activity with someone you love, creates unforgettable memories. When I live such a moment, I am growing as a person. Personal growth, gratitude and giving, all contributes to my health.

These memories are inked in us for ever, they become part of oneself.

On the contrary, things are just things. I can live or experience something special with it for a while. It can even be useful and help me do things and experiment in life, but I need at least one person to share it with, for it to become a memorable experience. Things and stuff, I have. At one point, it will create waste and I will forget about it. But, the time spent with that friend/brother/kid will last all my life.

I find it personally rewarding to offer an experience that I can live with someone. Of course, that same person can choose to do that activity with someone else.

It’s your choice to make when you offer it.

You can also choose to offer some of your time. This way, you can help that person in different ways. I think it’s a great thing to be able to spend time with people you love, it’s priceless.

Here are some ideas:

A written promise to babysit for your friend, your brother or your sister

Tickets or a gift certificate/voucher for a cultural activity (cinema, theater, opera, music concert)

Tickets or a gift certificate/voucher for a sports activity (match, ski day, skydiving, hebertism, climbing)

A subscription at a sports center, a health club

Whatever experience/activity you choose to offer, it can also be accompanied by a meal, a snack, a drink, a coffee, a tea in your company.

For example,

  • This card is a voucher. It is exchangeable for 3 hour of babysitting the week night of your choice so you can enjoy these two movie tickets with the person of your choice. I will come to your house and babysit name.
  • I offer you a night out. First, I invite you to this (name) fine dining restaurant followed by a comedy show. Ticket included!
  • I offer you a special day including a lunch, a movie and a snack afterwards.

If you find it difficult to present such a gift, you can put the voucher in an original recycled box. In fact, you can be very original in your written presentation and in its packaging. You can make an Origami box, you can wrap your box with the furoshiki method using a scarf, fabric, a towel, an old world map and even old newspapers. You can even put it in a basket.

In short, be creative! Have fun, enjoy and be grateful!

In health,

Chantal

Unwind while doing something practical

You know when everyone has the same wine glass and, at some point, you don’t know which is yours anymore ? Well, this is a fun and very easy DIY project that solves that kind of mixup. Plus it is the kind of project that enables you to relax and be mindful.

Cutting cardboard and styling your handwriting allows you to focus thoughts on what you do and suddenly, you become mindful and you can relax!

Ready to unwind?

To make wine glasses name tags you will need cardboard. The colour is your choice. Here, I chose black so I can use them again in a different contexts. If you want to make them more christmassy, you can choose red or green cardboard. Whatever you prefer.

Then, take a wine or champagne glass, put it on the cardboard and circle its base with a pencil. Do that step as much has you have guests. Draw a second circle in the middle approximately the size of your glasses stand. I used a small coin to contour, so it can be a perfect circle.

Choose either your guests names or words that you find appropriate. I chose words (in French because my family speaks french) that are also wishes; like Health, Joy, Happiness, Love, Peace and Hope.

Choose either marker or crayon of a bright colour, that contrasts with the colour of your cardboard. It will be easier to read. Write the names / words down in the circles you’ve drawn, limiting them inside. Leave a blank space. Use your best handwriting.

Then, cut along the circle lines as best as you can. Take your time and constantly turn the cardboard so you cut evenly.

Cut a straight line towards the center of each circle. Cut the inner circle using the technique mentioned above.

They are ready to use! Aren’t you relaxed yet?

Meditation

Every time possible, ideally every day, I take time to meditate. 15 to 20 minutes.

For me, it’s before I start my day or before the kids come back from shool.

Early morning helps me set up a great mood and focus for the day.

In the afternoon, it helps go through the rest of the day and be more mindful with my kids.

I meditate with a mantra. I had gone to the Maarichi’s school of meditation and got a personal mantra. But I also use other mantra according to what I want to work on. And sometimes, I just follow and concentrate on my breath trying to be mindful.

Either way, it’s very good for my health and wellbeing.

Do you meditate?