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Here is this week’s video message:

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays to everyone!!!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Full of cheer, goodwill and peace on earth … but also some S-T-R-E-S-S.

For some tips on making this holiday season less stressful … whether that’s dealing with Uncle Joe’s insensitive comments at dinner, having unrealistic expectations for the “perfect” holiday (think Clark W. Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), or the child ego states that show up when you get together with family, take a listen to his recent Fire and Earth Podcast episode:

“Making the Holidays Less Stressful”

This will help get you through the holidays feeling better than you have before, breaking old habits that in the past have made your holiday season a little less merry that it should’ve been.

The end of each year also means new beginnings in the new year. I’ve got some very exciting news to let you in on in the new year, so stay tuned.

As I mentioned last week you can now register to access the full archive of CAE Briefings in an easy to use FREE course.

Not only do you get access to all of the weekly videos and links, but you also receive additional resources, videos, and suggested readings.

You can sign up for free at:

Happy Holidays!


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Jason Mefford: Welcome to another episode of The chief audit executive briefing. Hey, I’m coming to you this week with a different hat on.

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Jason Mefford: It’s about Christmas time here in the US. So I thought I’d do something a little funny and a little bit different this week.

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Jason Mefford: One of the things in our family, you know, every family kind of has different traditions for the holidays.

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Jason Mefford: And one that we have is we wear Christmas hats all day on Christmas. So I’ve collected a lot of different Christmas hats, as well as the other hats that I wear. So this one’s my Los Angeles Rams hat.

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Jason Mefford: Go rams. First, we’re not doing as well. This year, but that’s okay. Still root for the for the team.

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Jason Mefford: So I’ve got this hat and actually just picked up this other one this year, which I think is pretty funny as well. So it’s a

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Jason Mefford: Santa coming down the chimney in my head. So anyway, like I said I wanted to make this a little bit more lighthearted and just make sure and wish everybody a happy holidays.

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Jason Mefford: Now I know at this time of the year. It’s normally you know the great feelings of joy and peace on earth. But I also know that sometimes it gets a little stressful.

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Jason Mefford: And so one of the things that I that I’ve made available for you as well it you’ll see down in the email is a link to a recent podcast that I did with my friend Kathy gruver

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Jason Mefford: On making the holidays less stressful. So if you’re one of those people that you know you love the holidays, but you feel a little stressed out.

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Jason Mefford: During the holidays. Take a listen to it. It’s 20 or 30 minutes but there’s some really good information in there about some things that you can do.

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Jason Mefford: To make this holiday time, a little less stressful. Now you know i know we all have different things that we’re dealing with. But like I said in that episode.

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Jason Mefford: You’re going to learn some quick tips that will really help you make this holiday season. A lot less stressful. So take a listen. Have a happy holidays. If you celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas.

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Jason Mefford: And I will be talking to you again. This next week. Now, as a reminder, I have put together. Also, the, the chief audit executive briefings in an archive course.

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Jason Mefford: So what that means is if you register for that course. It’s free. So you don’t have to pay anything for it. But if you register and sign up for that course.

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Jason Mefford: All of the archives. So all of the videos. The links the different messages that I’ve sent out each week will be included in that so that way you can go back and take a look at that.

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Jason Mefford: You know, during, during the year. Go back and refer to things now in that Santa’s starting to fall down a little bit.

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Jason Mefford: In that course as well. I’m going to add some additional videos and things like a suggested reading list and other things.

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Jason Mefford: That you’ll only be able to access through that archive course. So if that’s of interest to you. There’s a link down below. Again, just go ahead and click on the link and register and you will get access to all of that information.

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Jason Mefford: So with that, my friends have a very Merry Christmas. If you’re celebrating Christmas, Happy holidays here at the end of the year, and I’ll talk to you next week.

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