The Joys of the Season and the Spirit of Giving

The Joys of the Season and the Spirit of Giving

November 14, 2019

A few days ago, a radio host proudly exclaimed that we are only 2 months away from Christmas! Can you believe it? This automatically got me thinking about all the activities and obligations of the holiday season, rather than the joys.  

So, in the spirit of giving, I’d like to share a few reminders (for myself as well as my readers), and a gift I’m offering each of you:

For many, the holiday season can be a hectic time time as we are inundated with shopping, cooking and social events. While it is easy to let yourself get stressed, I believe you are better served thinking about it in a positive way.

·       Rather than think “Ugh! Another social event!” … think it’s an opportunity to connect with friends and family that I might not otherwise see during the year.

·       Rather than driving yourself crazy trying to come up with gift ideas, think about creating memories. Go to the movies with a friend rather than buy them a gift card. Use up the last of your accrued vacation to spend quality time with you children or (DRUM ROLL, PLEASE) with yourself! Personally, I am looking forward to spending some time in my new reading nook over the holidays. 

The gift of financial literacy, from me to you:

Inspired by my reading nook, I have compiled a list of books that offer personal experiences and practical advice to help navigate through various financial goals and challenges during different stages of one’s life. Whether for you or somone you know, I hope that these books can provide peace of mind and comfort.  

To all my clients, I’ve taken it a step further and purchased all these books for you to borrow - Welcome to the new SMB Library! So, next time you come in for a meeting, are having lunch in Lexington Center or biking the Minuteman Trail, stop in to grab a book!

Caring for Aging Parents

  • Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips & Soul Savings Wisdom for Caregivers
  • How To Say It To Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders
  • Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders

Young Adults

  • The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smary About Money
  • Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School? 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By
  • Adulting 101: #Wisdom4Life

Life Events

  • Suddenly Single after 50: A Guide to Navigating Loss, Restoring Hope and Rebuilding Your Life
  • Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age
  • The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World


So what do you think? Will you be reading any of these books? Do you have any suggestions of your own that you’re willing to share? Please share your own great reads in the comments below.