As we head into the final days of 2020, I urge you to take some time to meditate on what you want for the coming year. (Remember, meditation doesn’t have to be sitting cross-legged on a cushion in a darkened room – some of my best meditation sessions have taken place while walking the dog or soaking in a bath or hiking up a trail. I’ve heard of a chocolate cake meditation and I really want to try that one this coming year!) It is wise to remember that action is always preceded by thought, so think about what you want and let’s begin the new year with clean slates and lifted eyes.
Finances are on many of our minds right now – we often overdo during the holidays. For that reason, I’d like to suggest Kiva as today’s worthy charity. They do wonderful work with “microloans.” You might think the $25 you can spare isn’t enough to do much good, but when you team up with a dozen other people, you’d be surprised how far a few hundred dollars can go. You can screen your donations to particular geographical areas or types of loans (education, agriculture, etc.). I’ve been using them for a number of years now – I get a periodical update on my loan and can then “re-loan” the money to keep the good stuff circulating. Check them out – great work is being done.
From the bookshelf, I’d like to recommend But First, Save 10 which is designed for women with little-to-no background in financial planning and limited funds. For generations, it seems that it was considered “unladylike” for women to worry our pretty little heads with something as grubby as money and interest and investments – codswallop. It’s important to know these things, and not only for our own independence. If we want to help make the world a better, more equitable place – well, that takes cash and we need to have our own houses in order.
For today’s Diva drill, I straightened up the office space a bit (the desk still isn’t totally clear, but I’m working on it!) and brought out my watercolors again. Creative activity is, as you know, considered an Essential here at Splendor. Painting, writing, scrapbooking, needlecraft, photography, woodworking – everyone needs a creative outlet. Explore!
For holiday celebrating, I thought about what I wanted to do for New Year’s Eve, which has never been my “go to” holiday. This year, there are even more reasons to stay at home. Rain is in the forecast, so I decided to set up the fire pit under cover for some celebrating and quiet reflection tomorrow night. Lay in whatever supplies you want to have on hand and plan how you want to spend the final night of 2020 – a year that I think many of us will be eager to see go!
See you tomorrow!