By: Ashia Sims
It is officially October, which means the holidays are right around the corner. If you’re single or away from your family, the holidays can be hard. I know it may seem easier to just put your head down and try to soldier through it, but I have some other options you may want to consider.
Don’t wait until the day before Thanksgiving to try to figure out what you plan on doing. Start thinking about it now so you have time to research and set something up. You have more options than you think.
Many community service organizations need more help during the holidays. Holidays are a great time to give back to someone less fortunate than you. Plus, there are often other people in a similar situation to yours doing the same thing. It’s a great way to connect with people you may not normally run into during your day to day routine. If you aren’t sure where to go, there are many websites that list the different volunteer opportunities all over the country. www.volunteermatch.org or www.serve.gov are two great places to start your search.
2. Have a Party!
If you’re going to be alone over the holidays, there are probably other people in the same boat. You could organize a gathering where everyone comes together for dinner. Since you have time to plan, you could send out emails or a notice on facebook and see who would be interested in participating. Nothing takes your mind off of things like planning an event.
3. Take a Vacation
People tend to be friendlier when they’re on vacation than any other time and since the holidays are during the off season for many places, you can find great travel deals. Visit an all inclusive resort on a tropical island. Use the time to decompress from the year that has just passed. Then when you come back, you’re refreshed and ready to tackle the new year!
So if you know you will be alone over the holidays, don’t let them sneak up on you and end up spending the time by yourself wishing you had somewhere to be. You don’t have to do it. There is ample time to ensure that your holiday season is a memorable one.
Ashia Sims, is a writer, producer and Executive Producer for Friday Girl TV. She enjoys business, traveling and teaching women about fashion on her blog, www.cluelessfashionista.com