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Link Roundup: Fall Resolutions

I may not have stepped foot in a classroom for nearly a decade, but fall always reminds me of a fresh start. It’s my kind of “new year.” Since October starts on Monday (…wow, really?), I’m using this weekend to sort out some of my fall goals. I like having quarterly goals for myself, my…

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Stop Lying to Yourself: Why Fear Has Nothing to do With Reality

Tough love time, folks. I know you think you’re protecting yourself by playing small. It’s a big scary world out there, and you’ve got a million reasons why you should just stay put right where you are. You think it’s safer this way. Better to stick with your current job, relationship, weight, friends, and other…

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First Things First: Why Getting Ahead of Yourself Can Leave You Behind

She was going to explode…I was sure of it. I was captain of my high school’s speech team (neeeerrrd!), and I often stayed after school to practice with my teammates. One day, a group of us were rehearsing when my teammate T grabbed her water bottle quickly. “Oh my god, I’m SO thirsty!” she exclaimed.…

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Happier at Home Book Review (Video)

One of my all-time favorite self-empowerment books is Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Based on her popular blog, The Happiness Project follows one woman’s quest for happiness without winning the lottery or moving to an ashram in India. And of course, she finds that it IS possible to be happier right where you are now.…

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Link Roundup: Trust Your Instincts

Have you ever had a bad feeling about something but you weren’t sure why? This week Chris and I brought Skyla to a new doggie day care center to check it out. We took a tour, spoke with the manager, and Skyla seemed to enjoy herself. A few days later we returned to drop off…

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Increase Your Focus and Productivity With a Brain Dump

When I was in elementary school, my teachers would have us do the same activity before writing an essay, story, or other important paper. They called it “brainstorming,” and we were instructed to fill a piece of paper with whatever thoughts or ideas we came up with about a particular topic. We were just supposed…

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Trust Me, Lying Can Be a Good Thing

Here’s the truth: in about 99% of life’s situations, honesty is the best policy. But the rest of the time, lying can actually be beneficial and give you a better, happier outcome than telling the truth. Don’t believe me? Come on, would I lie to you? Here are 3 situations when lying is OK. To…

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