The Guide for Surviving Holiday Season on a Budget and Improving One’s Income by Isabel F. William
We all know what the holiday season means – perfect gifts for our loved ones, enchanting Christmas decorations that will give our homes a magical, wintery appeal and lovely dinner parties imbued with festivity. Overwhelmed by the spirit of Christmas, we easily get carried away with our spending and end up almost completely broke by the end of the season. If this sounds familiar, don’t panic! In just a few easy steps, you can limit your expenses and even boost your income.
I get at least three new Facebook friend requests daily and it’s usually from someone I’ve never met but we share numerous “friends” in common. I used to accept all of them–after all, that’s what social is all about. My social strategy on Facebook has been consistently the same for many years: Post cute kid pics and updates that I find hilarious of the crazy things that say and do. This social channel is the onlyone that most of my family follows me on and I like it that way, which aligns to the reason why I talk about my twins. I’m not a parent that is super scared of the internet and have chronicled their lives since 2008.
I used to also post my professional accomplishments and brag about my team’s efforts but I rarely do this anymore, as my wall tends to be filled with one person after an another talking about a client or a project they’re working on. I quickly realized that maybe we all don’t really care about the conference we’re speaking at or the project you championed internally that got three likes Facebook and retweeted twice. Mostly, I noticed that my “friends” aren’t really friends but people I’ve collected that truly don’t know me but are busy creating opinions of me.
Because of the above, I’ve become super guarded and not the real me. So much that when people meet me IRL, they expect to meet someone else. At what point did I start curating my life so carefully that I started to give off a different vibe and that these so-called friends, started sharing their opinions with me.
There was that one HR professional that people pay to speak at conferences that called me a “loose woman” for standing by Planned Parenthood. Or that other vile recruiter that attacked me (and many others) for making a Glassdoor list. Or the Branding professional, that decided while outing a “bully” she’d include me in the drama. And recently two executive level recruiting professionals who decided to attack me for standing with the #blacklivesmatter movement.
At what point do I say enough is enough?
For me that is today! I will no longer accept invitations on Facebook if we have never met in IRL. I will no longer tolerate hatred, negativity and socially inept people. While we are connected and you likely have a different opinion than me, use your wall to share your viewpoints, don’t throw me in the mix. Trust that I am scrolling on by yours, shaking my head but with nothing to add, mainly because, I don’t know you and don’t care enough to debate your thoughts. Find a REAL friend, pick up the phone and rant but keep that shit off my wall.
This is a guest post is written by Jimmy Jacob (@Personalsfacts) author of personalfacts.com whom I just tweeted with earlier this week for the first time which immediately resulted in creative collaborative efforts. Ladies, you have to visit his site for great dating insights (from a straight man’s perspective) with an honesty, humor and spark! (Really!)
It’s the beginning of November, which means hibernation mode will kick in soon for many men out there. And how do men hibernate you may be wondering? We find a girl to stay in for the next few months, of course.
According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition for hibernation is: When a guy keeps a significant other throughout the winter only to dump them once spring arrives to be single for the summer months, they are said to be in hibernation.
I have had many of my platonic female friends ask me why men do this and the answer is simple: It’s way too cold to go to the bar to pick up. (Sad, but true) By the end of November, every girl is covered up from head to toe and temptation is gone making it harder to hook up with ready, willing and able ladies.
If you’re a single guy in November, you can pretty much guarantee you will spend most of the winter having threesomes with “Palm-ela” and “Keri.” (Keri Hand Lotion, that is.)
On the other hand, if you can find yourself a hibernation girlfriend, you won’t have to worry when you are guaranteed sex every time you hook.
So fellas, if you’re looking for your new “snow bitch,” here are some guidelines you should follow:
1. Avoid Your Neighborhood Bar
From personal experience, I have found that although there are many opportunities to find your new “winter girlfriend” at your local watering hole. Unfortunately, you don’t want to sh*t where you eat and when Spring eventually arrives; you may have to sacrifice your beloved hangout to avoid drama after you breakup. Stick to other bars and pubs you are not familiar with to better your chances.
2. Avoid Gyms
The last place you want to find your hibernation partner is at a gym. The whole point of finding a winter girlfriend is to find someone who you can be lazy with. Getting with a woman who works out is counterproductive, since she will probably want you to look your best at all times.
3. Make Sure She Lives Further Away From You
I know what you’re thinking: Why would I want a hibernation girlfriend that lives far away from me? Having your winter gal live far away from you gives you the perfect excuse to end things in the springtime. You can give her the whole “long-distance doesn’t work me” speech. It’s also good to have her live far away because it gives you enough space from each other so you don’t get attached to her. She should be your weekend getaway. Plain and simple.
4. Avoid Drop Dead Gorgeous Gals
This is an extension of number two. You want a winter gal who doesn’t care about appearances and is fairly low maintenance. If she is drop dead gorgeous, you run the risk of falling for her and being lured into a formal relationship.
5. Go For Taurus Gals
I’m not one for astrology, but I have noticed that Taurus women are laid back, lazy, sensual and homebodies. All the qualities you need in a woman for your hibernation period.
6. Make Sure She Has The Same Tastes In Movies And Television as you
During your hibernating romance, you will most likely be watching a lot of television and movies, which is why it is essential to pick a girl that has the same tastes as you. If you’re more of a David Lynch fan and she is only interested in watching Jersey Shore reruns, then it won’t work out.
7. Bonafide Stoner
DVD box sets and ganja go hand in hand during your hibernation period and you know it. If your girl is straightedge, it probably won’t work.
8. Hook Up With Her After The Holidays
You don’t want to worry about buying your winter girlfriend a present or introducing her to your family around Thanksgiving, which is why you should hold off on dating until after Christmas. Sure, you may have to spend New Year’s with her, but at least you will save a ton of money by staying in for the night.
9. She Has To Have A Sexual Appetite That Matches Her Appetite For Food
Let’s face it: the next three to four months will require three essential things to get through the winter together. Those things are TV, FOOD and SEX. One does not go without the other. You will need to burn those calories and you don’t want her to blame you for packing on the pounds after you break up with her in the spring.
10. Don’t Fall in Love
The winter is no time to fall in love. This relationship should be comfortable and easy. When you’re in a genuine relationship, you do fun and productive things with each other outside of the bedroom. Falling for her during a hibernation relationship will only set you up for failure and possible heartbreak. You’ve been warned.
Here’s hoping you can find your hibernation girlfriend this winter!
How long have they been together: 8 years of love.
Where are they from: From the beautiful Ukraine, Valeri’s been living in brooklyn for 5 years and Alex moved to Brooklyn 3 years ago.
Where did you meet: They met in the bus in Ukraine. She was on her way to class and he got off at the same stop she did and asked her out for coffee. She didn’t really want to go to class–so she said yes.
Where was your first date: It was a year later–after we had coffee– Alex went off to Africa, just to explore, and he called me up and asked me out, when I got there, Alex was waiting with a huge arrangement of red roses and in the middle of the dinner he pulled out a little box, it was–a bracelet. What a sweetheart!
What’s your favorite memory as a couple: This one is good, the very first time we had sex– and the reason is because we had forgotten each other’s names. It was a year later, and we remembered one another–just not names. ,
What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC: To travel and play tennis also do a lot extreme things.
Do you believe in love at the first sight: “NO” to fall in love with someone first I have to get to know the person and how do I get to know the person? We have to go on dates and talk.
Should couples have sex on the first date: It’s very individual for each couple.
Dating tip/advice for our readers: They both said: Be very honest with each other and humor helps a lot.
Have you ever had a “forgot your name” sex moment?