Gearing Up for the Holidays

It’s November! For many, that is the official start of the holiday season, and I am certainly no exception (though I’ve been shopping for Christmas all year, and I started watching Christmas movies in September). Now, though, is when I can start doing Christmassy things with other people!

Fortunately it looks like the holiday season may be off to a decent start, and I’m hopeful that the next couple of months will be positive ones, in all aspects of my life!

Business

Friday I had the first vendor event scheduled for the season. While it wasn’t a spectacular show, I was fortunate to have received part of my book order prior to the show (that afternoon, actually!), so I had items to sell. And from my experience, I think cash and carry is the way to go at these events. I suspected it might be, and the show on Friday confirmed it.

This makes me happy, since I have a lot of books still on the way! And, in light of the “glitches” I posted about earlier with regards to my Usborne business, I made the decision to schedule a couple of additional vendor events. As long as the rest of my books come in in time (and they should, at least for the last couple), I’m confident I will be successful.

The show on Friday also taught me another thing: I do not want to do combination gifts and books shows again! In some ways, I’m grateful the big show on November 19 is only gifts. It’s just too much to think about — and too much to pack! — to do both at the same time. Two sets of inventory, two displays to set up, two sets of paperwork and signage and miscellaneous supplies to worry about. I’m definitely going to keep them separate from now on.

The House

OK, so my house is still a disaster area. I had hoped it would be in better shape by the end of October. While that isn’t the case, I did make progress, and I hope to keep it going. At the very least, I need to make room for the Christmas tree getting set up at the end of the month, and all the presents that are waiting to go under it!

I am confident, though, that I will get it where I want it to be. I am still working on it, after all, so it’s got to happen eventually! And if I can be diligent in working on it, however slowly it goes, I know I’ll stay motivated and be successful.

Family

This, of course, is the most important part. The holidays are, after all, time to spend with loved ones. And there are a bunch of events taking place over the next couple of months to have some holiday fun. While this past weekend was more work than play (though the kids had a blast jumping into leaf piles yesterday!), I know we have lots of fun stuff planned over the next several weeks — even if Mommy has vendor events mixed in, too. There will be plenty of time to gobble like Turkeys, make some crafts, meet Santa, enjoy the lights, sip hot cocoa, and play games. And this year will be even more fun, because Emily actually understands what’s going on!

All in all, I’m in a positive frame of mind. I hope I can keep it going! This is my favorite time of year, and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. And I want my kids to enjoy it as much as I do — if not more! With a little effort — and a lot of planned fun! — I know I can make it happen.

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