Ever Heard of the Holiday Sister Pact? Let's All Make One!

7 years ago

This is re-broadcast of a post I wrote for www.womenworking.com as their November Career Coach.

I decided to write a follow-up post to having a Holiday Success Plan as there seems to be a rising tide of articles across the net on the holiday season and the particular impact it has on women.

Case in point this Forbes article: Women Brace For Family Fued.

Here is one of the key quotes from the article, "In a poll by iVillage, NBC’s website for women, 68% of respondents said they are expecting family drama before dessert."  Ugh!

I think one element of having a successful, less stressful holiday season is to give each other a break - I call it "space and grace."

Clearly there is exponentially more pressure on women than men to plan, manage, and execute all the doings of the season.  With that in mind, let's make a "sister pact" to cut each other some slack.

Let's make a pact to loosen expectations, to support, to carry the keen awareness of this extra pressure on our fellow sisters as we move through our holiday happenings.

Let's make a sister pact to be more patient, kinder, and flexible to family, colleagues, and strangers.  Let's reserve judgment and generate joy.

If someone has a "moment of insanity," let's extend grace rather than take offense.

You know our topic this month has been the 1% Challenge. If we all committed to add 1% more of the qualities above each day, that could make all the difference for a host of folks this season.

Who is with me?  Let's make the sister pact! Share this post, post your thoughts, actively advocate the pact in the office and with family.

In the words of John Lennon - let's "come together" - make the Sister Pact!

Your Sister, JoAnn

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