Bah Humbug – Easing My Holiday Despair

November 19, 2007

Ask many people what their favorite time of the year is and you’ll frequently hear “the Holidays”! That used to be my answer as well but for the last 7 years my “wonderful” job has turned me into Ebenezer Scrooge during the holidays.

Christmas Crunch Time
Our busiest time of the year at work is always the end of the year. What this means is that while everyone else is in the Christmas mood and making plans for holiday cheer my group is overworked and stressed out. It’s hard to make plans for visiting friends and family when you have huge year end deadlines that you’re not sure you can meet.

When Thanksgiving draws near we already feel the pressure of year end looming over us. The closer we get to the last two weeks of the year, the more stressed and irritable everyone becomes and the harder we have to work. Luckily I’ve never had to work on Christmas day but I’ve had some pretty miserable months of December and January.

Stop Complaining, Do Something About It
I don’t mean to be a complainer, I’m sure I’m not the only person going through a lot of hard work and stress during the holidays. I am afraid however, that with everything else going on that the frequency and quality of my contributions to this site might suffer during my hectic few months. I’ve been giving this some thought for several weeks now and decided to find someone else to help me through the holidays this year.

A Fresh Insight Into Personal Finance
I’m pleased to let you know I’ve met a writer that has agreed to help me out on Money Smart Life over the coming months! I’m very excited to add a new perspective to the thoughts on personal finance that you read here. I’m sure you’d like to know a little more about this new contributor so I’ll publish a post welcoming her to the site later today or tomorrow.

I think the addition of her viewpoint will enhance the quality of this site over the holidays. I won’t be struggling to keep it updated while balancing a crazy work schedule and family holiday time and you won’t be left for days without fresh personal finance updates. I’m looking forward to the addition of her perspective on money and life and will introduce you to her in the near future.


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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