Have you ever wondered why the holidays can be so stressful? Between travel, shopping for loved ones, and just simply trying to get everything 'handled' before the end of year, it's no wonder even the jolliest person can sometimes find themselves being a grouch!
My husband and I were talking about this the other day and how much we kind of missed being deployed during the holidays because it just seemed the expectations when we were deployed were so much lower. That sounds terrible, doesn't it? But think about it. If you have ever been deployed during ANY holiday, you know what it's like: the dining facility will have a nice meal for us - usually surf and turf - and there may be a Commander's Call or some other function designed to keep morale high. And that's it. That's not the experience we've had now that we no longer deploy.
For most people, unless you live near your parents and extended family, there's likely a bit of travel involved - and with travel comes allllll the things that make travel possible (packing, getting pet sitters if your fur-babies aren't traveling with you, making sure someone picks up your mail while you're away, and even finding someone to water your plants). Then there's the hustle and bustle of getting to the airport or piling into the family car - more stress! Then there's the part where you play the game "what did I forget" and panic that you left something really important at home. It can be just a mess all the way around.
When it comes to estate planning, we work really hard to take as much stress out of the process as possible. Planning where your things go when you pass away shouldn't be as stressful as picking the perfect gift for your sister-in-law or favorite nephew. Estate planning should be a stress-less time where you feel completely prepared and at peace.
So now that the holidays are over and we're all getting back into the swing of things in 2023, it might be a great time to take a look at that estate plan, if you have one, or consider creating an estate plan, if you don't. You might be surprised at how much better you will feel know that you've given your family and loved ones one less thing to stress over when that time comes. You'll be giving them Peace of Mind. And, peace of mind is something we could all use a little bit of and the sooner, the better!