Today is the day.
Well, actually, more importantly, today is the last day.
The last day before my holiday from work until the New Year.
It has been a crazy December… and truthfully November was insane… and so was October…
You get the picture. I need a break.
And I’m willing to bet that you need a break, too.
Fundraisers work hard. All year long, but especially in the final quarter of the calendar year. It gets a little crazy.
So whether you’re lucky enough to have a long break away from work, or just a few statutory holidays, my Christmas wishes for you are these:
Take a real break. Unplug from your phone and computer as much as is humanly possible and really disconnect from your work. Give yourself a challenge; maybe it’s just Christmas Day that you spend entirely disconnected from work/electronic devices. Maybe it’s a few designated hours a day. Maybe you take a walk every night and leave your phone at home. Whatever it is – do it. It’s healthy, and you need it.
Indulge! That’s what the holidays are for! Drink that extra glass of egg nog, stay up late to marathon your guilty TV pleasure, eat too much cheese… whatever your vice is, indulge in it a little bit. We can’t do that all the time, but during the holidays it feels so good.
Be with those you love. Work too often keeps us away from family and friends, so take the days you have off and be fully present with your loved ones. Whether it’s your significant other, your kids, your nieces or nephews, your sisters or brothers, your grandparents, cousins, in-laws, or friend who’s in from out of town… take advantage of your time away from work and really be with the people you love.
And come back ready to work! The great thing about taking a real holiday, is coming back on the other side rejuvenated and ready to hit the ground running. I want the holiday in and of itself, but I also want to approach January with renewed energy. I know I can’t do that without some real rest and relaxation, so I’m committed to it.
And so I’m following my own advice. I’m going to disconnect from Twitter a bit, and I’m also going to skip my weekly blog post next week to give us all a rest. I’m going to have a spa day with my girlfriend Kate, colour in my new adult colouring book (so therapeutic), finish “The West Wing”, spoil my nephew, have drinks with my best friend Brian who lives in New York, and more!
So with that, Merry Christmas to those of you that celebrate it, Happy Holidays for anyone who doesn’t, and all the best for a very Happy New Year!
See you in 2016!
Written by Maeve Strathy
Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in fundraising for over eight years. Click here to learn more about Maeve.