Life Editor’s Picks: Cozy Book Nook

Today I’m introducing a new series of posts to share some of my favorite things. But unlike Oprah, these are things you can most likely afford. It’s probably no surprise to you that I’m an avid reader, seeing as I’m a former book editor. I have a dream of designing a reading space in a…

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7 Painless Steps for Breaking Your Bad Habits

Breaking bad habits is a lot like breaking up with your high school boyfriend. You remember him right? The one with the drug problem who was always pressuring you to hang out all night at the 7-11 with him and his skater friends. No? Well, I had a boyfriend like that, and I was magnetically…

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Editor’s Notebook 1

Welcome to the very first Editor’s Notebook! If you’re anything like me (and of course you are—why else would you be reading my blog?), then you probably have dozens of notebooks, scribbled-on bits of paper, and Post-Its all over the place. That’s how editors’ minds work. We have hundreds of creative ideas spinning around our…

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Carrot or Stick: Uncovering Your Secret Motivation

When it comes to accomplishing a goal, most people are motivated by one of 2 things: a carrot or a stick. Huh? The phrase “carrot or stick” refers to rewards (ie, carrots) or punishments (ie, sticks). If we were horses pulling buggies, the idea of carrots and sticks would make perfect sense. But since we’re…

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Where’s My Gold Star?

When I was 10 years old, I was already a hardcore addict. Now, I’m not talking about alcohol, crack, or even poorly drawn tattoos. My addiction was stickers. Every day I went to school aching for the next sticker high. Since I was an especially smart student (not bragging’, just sayin’), I would get high…

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Question of the Week: Favorite Indulgences

It’s important to take pleasure in life…stop and smell the roses and all that. My favorite indulgences include eating my beloved Twizzlers, buying beautiful notebooks, and lounging on the couch all day with a stack of magazines and a cup of tea. Indulging in something is supposed to be forbidden. We’re not supposed to be…

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