The holidays are such a busy time of year for everyone. We are scurrying around buying gifts…like the head-scratching gift for your Aunt Sally and the obscure toy that is at the top of your child’s wish list that you just have to find. We are off to holiday parties, and waiting in line at the post office to mail packages and trying to get a photo for the holiday card that meets the approval of the scrutinizing eyes of the teenagers in the family.
As development folks, it’s also our busiest work season! Final eblasts are going out, year-end letters are in the mail and hopefully, gifts are pouring in and you’re busy making calls and writing thank you notes. On top of all of this, maybe a proposal has to get in the mail or you finally got that meeting set with a donor that you have been hoping you’d see about a major gift.
While gratifying and exciting (when you’ve found that perfect gift for cousin Andy, and, a large gift comes in as a result of cultivation and stewardship across the year), this time of year can be overwhelming and exhausting. We are burning the candle at both ends to make sure that everything, both at home and at work, goes smoothly.
At this time of year, I’m not offering any thoughts on how to tweak that final eblast to include ideas about stock gifts or IRA distributions (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). I do offer this thought, however…take some time for yourself.
You may think you don’t have an ounce of time to carve out for some “me time.” But, work hard to find it. Go to a yoga class and breathe deeply. Make a lunch date and catch up with an old friend. Go to the movies or a holiday concert – with a friend or by yourself. Take a nap or read a book. Whatever it is that brings you a little peace and joy during this busy time, make the effort to get out of the office and do it. This little treat to yourself will go a long way …it will help clear your mind and recharge your battery so that you can be your best self – both at home and at work.
Happy and Peaceful Holidays to You and Yours!
by: Susanna Decker, Senior Consultant HUB Philanthropic Solutions