Here comes Halloween…Halloween!

So much going on in the world and we still need the happiness and wicked glee we all enjoy of this spooky time of year. One night to break free and mentally dress as your inner monster, Rockstar, superhero, French maid, etc.  For businesses experiencing this Pandemic it also offers relief to parents with children who have nowhere to go or nothing to do.

Of course, due to social distancing and the every scary COVID-19 lurking everywhere and anywhere there must be a silver lining as that is what I am all about; one of my huge splurges is decoration that is Pinterest worthy.

An approachable haunted porch or stoop to creep up on and Trick or Treat or Not.

Spooky but Pinterest worthy!

Will you be handing out candy or something else?  This year we placed an apothecary jar filled with masks in our treat bowl shaped like a cat of the night.  Only to increase safety for our children.

Halloween entry foyer, with instead of treats masks.

Halloween is a huge business driver for many industries.  Candy in 2017 sold in the billions one of the highest peaks and last year still maintaining that level.  Undeniably, this year this we will need to wait and see what the trends are, but we know we will be in the low range. 

Many stores pre purchased from their wholesalers this inventory so they may be at a huge loss, towards the end.  A lot of sales November 1, this year on many Halloween items.  The savvy shopper will pick up those deal to add to their collections for 2021.

According to Forbes, we se in the past 10 years, the first peak in 2012 at 8 billion then pretty steady until the next peak in 2017 at 9.1 billion, which was the highest point and then slowly dropped but maintained by 2019 with 8.8 billion in the Halloween expenditures.  

RetailMeNot data 2019 study on Halloween Sales

M&M’s and Reese’s are still the top sellers. Although we love Candy Corns and Jolly Ranchers any thing wrapped is truly the safest always especially during this pandemic.

So far online and discount stores are the highest level where transactions are truly turning those sales and units per transaction (UPT).  The biggest decline was felt in catalogs, unless it was catalog to online and this is because of pandemic.

For my little spices and that is out doggies they are also in the mood being fashionable as always. Coco who was just groomed, is sporting is Candy Corn Ascot and Ginger always ready to play with his Skull chew toy all can be found at PetSmart.

Halloween spice with GingerSnap and his skull chew and CocoLoco with his candy corn Ascot

What ever you decide to do make sure it is festive the best way YOU know how, that’s all for now as I have many other wicked things to do on this journey of Fannytasticlife!

Needs vs. Wants (The in between of Indulgences)

We all need to respect the necessities that life requires but what about the wants we constantly reach for and try to glimpse at and dare hope to touch. An in between does exist and this is called the desires, the whims, treats, pampers, sweet satisfaction of momentary bliss, especially on this journey of Fannytasticlife!

Through life, just living we need food, water, shelter… right… right we can all relate. Abraham Maslow, in 1943 wrote a paper, ” A theory of motivation,” although scientifically there was much conflict with the measurement of this theory: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the bottom line resonated with most individuals.

  • Five tiers include:
    • The physiological needs of air, water, food shelter, sleep clothing and reproduction.
    • The need for safety, personal security, employment, resources, health, and property.
    • Loving and belonging the midpoint of the hierarchy where friendship, intimacy, family and the sense of connection.
    • Esteem, is the level of need where respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength and freedom are found; and,
    • Finally, the top tier of self-actualization where the desire to be the best one can be is here.
Needs

In life we also want for so many things money, fortune, health, designer shoes, bags, a lifestyle of sorts, the finer things. That at times seem too far to touch but then when in our grasps at one costs….?

Wants

What about the in between? We seem to overlook this… Some call these whims, desires how about pampering… telling me this my indulgence…? So what if it is. We have seen that life will not spare us the obstacle so why not enjoy the journey.

Indulgences

Like all my indulgences I love to have the rewards. Yes, rewards as these are not needs nor wants but the trophy that I have earned when accomplishing my goals. I have many goals all the time that I set and every goal I set has a reward. It is important because without the reward you will not be able to find the motivation you make think you will keep it up but a little reward will help you stay focused.

About ten years ago I said to myself, if I get my Notary license as a reward I will buy a Tiffany & Co. pen. Achieved, purchase, crossed off list! I have some new goals that I have set for my next graduation that is coming up, for my new health journey, and recently I said I am going to become an entrepreneur, which is not easy and constantly work on my hustle for my blog, podcast, and licenses along with my credentials. I told myself the first offer I get I am going to get a mani/pedi. It happened this Friday… so what did i do, put a check box on my goal and went to retrieve my reward. This was not a need or a want but a part of my quality of life and recognition for my continued motivation.

I went to this beautiful spa in my town, that I always pass but I did not know they had the services I wanted. Oh My Jesus Christmas (OMJ) … absolutely stunning inside, extraordinary clean and so peaceful. It was amazing from the first moment of entrance. I was handled beautifully by the sophisticated luxury Attaché. I met with my specialist who kept up with the ambiance and provided a superior pedicure and detailed manicure that I was hoping for. This reward of pamper was opulent and yet in my reach. (I provided the link below)

Looma Spa

How do we go about these goals one my wonder. I usually set my goals to two branches of plans in the course of my achieving goals. The first one is my Plan of Aspiration ©  and one in my Back up plan; I refer to these as my Plan A, and Plan B. Both plans move in the same direction and on the same track with the same time line however the Plan B is at half the amount of value. The reason why I do this is because naturally people tend to quit the goal they set, so if I atleast make it halfway I achieved in essence the goal.

My rules are the following for Goals Reward or Reassess (GRoR*):

  1. Set the goal with a Plan A and Plan B.
  2. Establish what the Reward will be, this is important because it needs to be something that is valuable and you really desire.
  3. Both branches of the goal must have a timeline that it is the same process.
  4. Plan B must be worth half of Plan A in order to help you in your back up plan.
  5. If Plan A is achieved the reward is granted and enjoy!
  6. If the Plan B, is used in lieu of Plan A, no reward is achieved and the Reassess comes in to play:
    • Reassess is when the goal doesn’t work out and Plan B is reached and must be reviewed to either make the timeline longer, review the measurable accounts of what was achieved and finally create a new Plan A and Plan B.
    • If Plan a or Plan B, is not achieved it is also suggested to Reassess the realistic process of the goal it may not be achievable at that timeline and the timeline may need to be longer.

Now, if the goal is achieved by all means reward yourself. I sure did, I will always reward my goals as it keeps me focused on attaining my next level of success. Just because a goal is reached this doesn’t mean to stop creating goals. In the beginning you may want to set multiple layers of goals with different timelines.

Timeline

Create a Goal Tracker and Progress checklist to keep a record of your work that way it is measurable.  You can design and use whatever you like. I have added my example that I use below, which I perform on excel and utilize the data on my journey of Fannytasticlife!

Goal Tracker

Now if my tracker is toooo complicated no worries. I also have this adorable book I purchased from Staples. The book is called, this girl has goals by Dayna Lee Collection

*Gror means Cool or Awesome, Urban Dictionary.