"How am I ever going to get through everything?" summed up one of our members how she felt about the run up to Christmas. There's definitely not enough time to buy gifts and get the house ready. And on top of your own hustling it's difficult to get people to reply your business enquiries or get anything processed. And what a nightmare to organise a social gathering because everyone is so busy.
But why? Why does it always have to be like this? Are we doing all of this hustling because we enjoy it or because we think we should be doing it? And what about those gifts. Will you be giving gifts that you think you should give or that would genuinely be useful and help someone? Perhaps there should be another way to approach giving at Christmas.
Rather than getting people more stuff, no matter how well you know your best friend the best you can do is to get her her favourite colour scarf yet again. If she's a driven woman she might actually appreciate something quite different.
Let's take a quick look at my friends. There's been a big shift from long corporate careers to self-employment or entrepreneurship and most of my friends have at least one creative project they do on the side if they are still in a corporate job.
All these businesses, brands and side projects are created by incredible women, and online makes them very accessible. So I realised how easy it is to help an entrepreneurial friend in the age of digitalisation and we should all do more of it. 'Sharing is caring' they say, but I'm surprised how little sharing still takes place.
But what could be a greater gift than giving your friend's business or project a personal recognition.
It's emotionally much easier to buy her a smelly candle, of course, as you don't have to get involved. You don't have to make a statement, you can stay in the shadows. Are we afraid of saying we like and support something? What if it fails? Do I look like a fool then? The only thing stopping us from helping our friends is that we choose to be too busy to really care.
So what to give to a driven woman this Christmas? She may be a female entrepreneur, a career girl with a side hustle or just a fabulous, driven girl who has something to say. Here's some ideas that cost you nothing and only take a couple of minutes or even just seconds to complete.
- Share links and images about your friends' business or project
- Leave a comment on her blog
- Comment a tweet or Instagram post
- Volunteer to comment and give feedback about her project
- Write a review about her business or product
- Recommend her on LinkedIn
- Make an introduction to people you know who might be helpful to her
- Ask how you could be valuable to your entrepreneurial friend
- Send her links and useful articles that might be helpful to her business or project
- Offer her your expertise for free of charge
I would be personally delighted if I got more of these kinds of presents this Christmas. And as I'm not limiting these acts of kindness to Christmas, I'm going to make a special effort to reach out to people around me this Christmas to see if they need my help.
And the best part, giving such a gift where you are fully personally present will improve your own happiness million fold compared to presents found after a mad rush to the shops.
Or what would you personally appreciate more?
ps. And yes please, I'd love a comment :)