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Navigating mindful gifting
In a year like no other, with so many good and bad things happening around, it was somehow intuitively that the last bit of it will just top it all off. We are all in a complete rush, timed activities, with responsibilities to be completed before the holidays, and so on. Not to mention the preparation itself for Christmas and New Year’s (please stay safe and keep your loved ones safe too!). As I hope that in the coming days I will manage to clear my mind a little bit, I now have to face the hard fact: what do we do about the gifts?
The one trip that changed my life
My story starts like any other. Back in 2018, personally one of the most difficult years to date, just finished my bachelor's studies, with no idea where and what I would be doing for my master's and with all my dreams a bit blurry. Well, instead of staying home and crying my soul out because of my situation, once I anticipated that this would actually happen, I had already started looking for ways that would help me navigate this situation once it gets to it. Traveling for me has always been something I wished I would be able to be doing more often, but coming from a middle-class Eastern-European family, with many of my relatives never getting out of the country, would bring along some challenges. I knew I had to work twice as hard for me to be able to continue my studies, but also secure one trip here and there once in a while. I couldn't really see happening for me to actually travel outside Europe for now. Well, when you don't have opportunities, you got to make them. And that's what I did.
Black Friday? No thanks.
There is a lot going on around the world right now, and even though many of us are still inside to prevent the spread of the virus, we are constantly exposed to dozens, if not hundreds of ads with the upcoming Black Friday. It's a bit funny as in some parts of the world it already happened (as in Romania, for example), but today I wanted to spread the word out there on one of the initiatives I learned about last year while studying in Sweden. I'll start with this:
Getting ready for a new day
I'm writing this on one of the first Mondays I felt good in a while. I don't feel exhausted. I don't feel anxious. I don't feel alone. I feel good. This year has been really tough, full of uncertainty, challenges, new beginnings, and a lot of sudden decisions to make. I definitely won't hide it, it broke me a little.
Why do people fear change?
When talking about personal challenges, situations, or large-scale systemic challenges, we see that something seems to be stopping us from advancing further in our development or really doing what we truly love. But when it comes to organizations, we know that without strategically introducing change and involving people along the process, we might just end up gathering a huge crowd of people resisting the change we are trying to work out. I have always wondered why that is, and frankly, there is a lot of writing about it out there. Before we dig into specifics, what is change really?