I am all for a calm, sane approach to Christmas, forsaking the madness and mayhem that often accompanies this time of year.
No more mad last minute shopping dashes, with all the rabid crowds desperate to part with their money.
No more wearing ourselves out in an effort to do what we think will please those who we love, and the rest of the family as well.
No more wrapping marathons, mad cleaning dashes, overcommitted social calendars… no more yelling, crying and pulling your hair out!
This has been a big topic of discussion between me and my dear friend and colleague Chris Owen, over at Pink Apple (and the Take a Bite Blog). Chris has been kicking, screaming and plunging her head deep in the sand over the whole issue of Christmas.
She started out telling me that I am crazy, and that in no
WAY is it possible to have a sane, calm, happy Christmas. That women
are trying to fit so much into their already busy lives, and to add
preparations for Christmas on top of that really would be the straw
that broke the camel’s back. And we both started thinking about this
issue some more.
Then one day last week, Chris phoned me and said – let’s do
something about this TOGETHER! In fact her words were something like "I
have SOXS written on my whiteboard, and I want to do something for
women who are totally freaked out about Christmas this year."
Well, it turns out that SOXS stands for Save Our Xmas Sanity!
And an idea was born. We are on a mission to provide a personal and meaningful way for women to really connect with each other and put the sanity back into the silly season.
The workshop will run for three evenings over three weeks, with
eight women in the group at my place. We start our first group on Tuesday November 22nd from 7:30 to 9:30pm. I say first, because we are so convinced this will make a difference,
that I am preparing to run more groups – (at my place, or get a group
of 5 or more friends together and I will come to you AND bring the
bubbles and treats!)
Over a glass or two of bubbly (cause it aint a party without
bubbles!), we’re going to get women changing their Christmas Past into
Christmas Pleasure, with narry a bah! humbug to be found. We’ll have
you "doing" Christmas differently, like you’ve so long vowed! (oh, and
we’ll have both the champers kind of bubbles and the lemonade kind as
We’ll have you turning your usual Christmas Mess into Christmas Magic -
you know, the kind of magic that’s actually achievable, that wont
completely exhaust you, and will leave you looking forward to Christmas
There’s lots of planning, reassurance, idea-sharing, laughs,
SURPRISES, nurture and tips on the agenda. You’ll be empowered to make
Christmas the way it suits YOU! In Chris’ words, This is Serious
Secret Women’s Business turned on hard and strong to get us out of
insanity and NEVER going there again!
We have planned some surprises and little ‘gifts’
along the way (what would Christmas be without surprises??), as well as
a ‘lucky door prize’ of two months one-on-one sessions with The
Clearing Space, worth over $500, to stretch the Sanity into the New
Year for one lucky woman! There will also be exclusive special savings
off our Get Your Year In Gear programme, commencing early in 2006 for
all who join us.
Is your sanity worth $90 and six hours, before it’s TOO LATE?
You can register here, or give me a call on 07 3201 2417.
If you’d love to come but those dates or times arent right for you,
or would like to get a group of friends together so I’ll come to you, drop me an email,
along with your day and time preferences, and I will make every effort
to fit in with you! I will certainly discuss running a weekday
mid-morning group and/or a weekend daytime group.
My apologies to interstate and international readers – at the
moment these events are strictly local to Brisbane and Melbourne – but
please do check back regularly, as we are also working on a program for
those who cannot attend in person!