9 Tips to Enrich Your Holiday Season!

by Julie Kleinhans on December 1, 2014

While the holidays are a time of celebration and joy, for many it can bring up a lot of stress and overwhelm.

These days, it seems that the holidays are more about doing than being. Especially if you are a parent! There are holiday parties, school events, shopping, baking, cooking and cleaning, visiting lots of relatives and friends, decorating, bills to pay, kids parties and more. Wow, how do we find the time for it all while still enjoying the true meaning of the holidays?

Many years ago I gave up the belief of stressing and ‘doing’ too much for the holidays and I have to say I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS even more than I did when I was in my early twenties, with not nearly as many responsibilities as I have now!

How did I do this? Simple. I set the intention to do so. I decided. I affirmed. I deliberately create it each and every year. It’s true we all create our own reality so I decided that my reality every holiday season would be about bringing in the spirit, the true spirit, of the holiday season.

Here are 9 Tips to Enrich Your Holiday Season to help you ground in the spirit of the holidays and truly enjoy each moment!

#1 Make it Simple

I decided many years ago that I was going to make it simple…as simple as it could possibly be. To me that means shopping locally (avoiding large department stores, malls and chain stores) and maybe meeting a friend for dinner or coffee while enjoying the festivities in town. I love going into a local town and buying gifts that are unique, thoughtful and eco-friendly, while also contributing to the local economy. I also take advantage of purchasing things online to make it easier.

#2 Saying, “No Thank You”

Another big thing I say is “No Thank You”. There are many parties and gatherings that we may feel obligated to attend. If it feels stressful or overwhelming to me, or if it takes me away from other things I would prefer to be doing, even if that is relaxing by the fire, then I give myself full permission to say, “No thank you.”

What’s the point of doing, doing, doing, if we cannot be fully present and enjoy what we are doing? People understand when you say “no thank you” because they are busy themselves. And if they don’t understand, well, that is their issue that you don’t have to take responsibility for.

#3 Aromatherapy

Surround yourself with uplifting scents to arouse your mood. There are lots of amazing aromatherapy scents for the holiday season that bring up that warm, delicious, joyful and serene holiday feeling. Choose non-toxic, clean essential oils. They keep you healthy and uplift your mood.

#4 Schedule in Family Time

The people we share our home with are the lights of our life. Being together around the table for meals, conversation, family games or quiet relaxation are the moments we realize that we truly have everything we need.

#5 Slow Down

Focus on slowing down. The slower you go, the more you accomplish. As you slow down, you become fully present.

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What I share is that by enjoying your surroundings you raise your vibration, which therefore attracts better experiences to you. Rather than coming from a place of stress and overwhelm, where you will then continue to attract more things to feel stressed and overwhelmed about.

#6 Setting Your Intention Daily

Take time each day, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes, to set the intention and call in the energy of what you would like to experience for the day and/or season. It could be peace, joy, gratitude, appreciation, laughter, romance, etc. This year I choose to have a romantic holiday season. I visualize and feel the romance of sitting quietly by the fire with my loving husband, enjoying the sounds and sights of the winter season.

#7 Make Your Passions Your Priorities

Learn that it’s okay not to do everything. Pick the most important and passionate things and really live those up. Celebrate them and make them the focus on your holiday season.

#8 Gratitude

Give daily gratitude and appreciation for all the blessings in your life. The people you love, the people who love you, the money you do have, the home you do have, the health you do have, the food you do have. There are a million things to be grateful for in this moment!

#9 Giving Back

Give back. Donate, volunteer or simply send special notes of gratitude and appreciation to people or organizations that have made a difference in your life.

© 2014 Julie Kleinhans, Mind Focus Generation

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How to Remove the Worry About Your Child’s Future

by Julie Kleinhans on October 31, 2014

As a parent, it’s extremely easy to worry about your child’s future. You want the very best for them. As they are getting older, you may find yourself becoming more concerned about what their future will look like and if they will become a confident, happy, productive adult.

First I’d like to ask you two important questions:

  1. Do you want your child to engage in a future that they are passionate about?
  2. Are you open to your child exploring any passion that they have?

I ask these questions because many parents have pre-determined ideas about what their children should do with their life or what they think their child would succeed in. In order for your child to truly find their way, they will need your support to travel any path.

I’ll give you an example. When I was a teacher, I remember having a quiet boy named Jordan in class. He didn’t like school very much because he didn’t feel that he was a good student. One thing he was passionate about was video games. He loved all aspects of the video-gaming world.

When I spoke to Jordan about all of the possibilities of having a career in the video gaming industry, his entire perspective about his future changed. A shift in his perspective allowed him to get excited about the possibilities of himself as an expert in video gaming, making lots of money designing cool games. The thought that he was talented at something that can be applied to his future career helped him to feel much more confident about his abilities.

You can nurture this confidence and excitement with your own children. Here are three things you can do right now to inspire your children and remove your own worry.

  1. Stop Comparing Your Child to Other Children in a Way that Puts Them Down

    It is very hurtful to a child when they are compared to other children in a way that puts them down.

    Instead, use comparison in a way that lifts everyone up by showing your child the value that everyone contributes. For example: “Sam is great at math and doing well in his math classes. Becky, you may be struggling with math right now, but that’s okay. You will eventually learn what you need to know. You are doing so well in your English class. We are proud of you and Sam exactly as you are.”

    It is important to boost confidence in every child so they can thrive.

  2. Help Your Child Focus on What They Enjoy Doing

    Every person is talented in so many things. Including you – Mom or Dad! Help your child to focus and nurture what they do enjoy doing and get creative with them to think outside the box.

    You may want to make a list with your children of the things you each really enjoy doing. This could be a fun family activity for everyone to write their lists together and then participate in those activities on the list.

    Get ready to think in and outside the box. For instance, things like painting and playing catch may be on the list. Some other things people enjoy doing but don’t always think of is making lists, planning, cooking, reading, etc. Look at everything each of your enjoy doing and help each other with your “Enjoyment List”. You each may forget things you enjoy doing and reminding each other makes this an extra special family experience. You may be surprised what your children notice about you and they may be surprised about what you notice with them.

    Remember that so many things you enjoy can be turned into careers. A person that enjoys painting may become an artist, an art curator, own a gallery, etc. Your child may like to play catch now and in the future could do it professionally as a player, a coach, a manager, a sports news person, etc. Someone that enjoys making lists and planning may become a great project manager, travel agent or entrepreneur. Cooking is a great skill that can be applied to restaurants, cooking shows, books and more. Those that enjoy reading may become authors themselves, editors, proofreaders, book store owners or work in book publishing.

    There are a myriad of opportunities for any and all passions that you and your children have!

  3. Find Your Child a Mentor in the Passion That They Have 

    If your child is interested in a particular career, help them find an adult in that field to have a conversation with. I recommend having a conversation with this person first to be sure you are okay with your child learning from them. Then set up a phone call or an in-person meeting for your child.

    Your child can talk to this person about how they got to where they are today and some of the obstacles they overcame to succeed. Have your child make a list of everything they’d like to know and see about this career choice, so they can make the most out of their experience. Having a tour of the work facilities of this career would also be helpful so your child can envision if this is a place for them.


It’s important for children to explore their passions without judgment. Allowing them to find their way will most certainly guarantee their success.

© 2014 Julie Kleinhans, Mind Focus Generation

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:

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