Retail therapy always does the trick

I’m sure all moms have been there. It’s that moment when you sit back and realise, whoa…I’m not superhuman after all. I can’t do it all, I can’t handle it all, and I need a break!

Well after a couple of super busy, stressful, sleepless weeks, I had one of those days yesterday. I took the morning off, left the girls with the nanny, and went shopping.

It certainly did the trick. There is nothing like retail therapy to help you escape the world for a bit.

I found yesterday’s shopping spree even more therapeutic as I went to shop for my Santa Shoebox pledge, which meant not shopping for myself or my own family, but buying goodies and Christmas presents for two underprivileged children.

I found this to be one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had in a long time, as I really realised in that moment just how fortunate my own family, and especially my children, are.

Buying an outfit of clothing, a toy, some toiletries and other essentials for a little boy and girl who would otherwise not be getting any presents for Christmas, who likely wouldn’t be seeing a Christmas tree lit up in their home or scoffing a turkey dinner over the festive season, really made me quite emotional. It was humbling. It was an eye opener. It was just what I needed to put a lot of things into perspective.

I don’t usually think twice when buying my kids clothes or toiletries, or sometimes even toys, but there are so many out there who have so little, and in that moment, I was so grateful for all my blessings.

I can’t wait to extend my little retail therapy session onto Saturday afternoon when I meet up with some girlfriends to wrap up our Santa shoeboxes together over a glass of vino and a proper catch up. It has been far too long!

If you haven’t pledged your Santa Shoebox yet, go do it here now! It’s a great cause!


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