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Big Picture, Mindset

Push Beyond

When was the last time you pushed yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of? How did you feel when you emerged on the other side? I always use the example of running a marathon and you are probably over it. But, please bare with me. It’s the ultimate example of pushing one’s self beyond the physical, mental, and emotional comforts we are accustomed to. You have to keep going through the physical pain and battle with your brain whether or not you can will yourself to keep going. Toss in emotions and the physical pain can either diminish […]

Big Picture, Productivity & Planning

How to Keep Up With Your Summer Goals

Can’t we take a break from our goals during summer? It’s time to relax, enjoy the long days, and to be honest, it’s too hot to really do anything. Sitting next to a fan or being at the beach seems to be the only viable options to surviving the heat. Thinking about goals in the heat becomes a distant memory because you’re sleepy, thirsty, and overall fatigued. To be honest, keeping up with your summer goals isn’t about getting a pretty planner or pens. Your motivation is waxing and waning and literally melting with the heat. You don’t have the […]

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What Makes a Good Life

What makes a good life written by from someone who’s barely lived life is absurd. I know this. You know this. Thus, I am drawing on what the expert, namely Robert Waldinger has to say from the longest running research study ever in the history of research by Harvard Univesity. You can watch the video here or have a quick read right where you are. But first, let’s be clear that you don’t have to wait until you’re 80 years old to figure out what makes a good life. A good life can start right now if we take the […]

Big Picture, Productivity & Planning

Free Printable: Christmas Savings Plan

Since half the year is almost over, this means we need to start saving up for Christmas now. We’ve created an amazing and simple 28-week Christmas Savings Plan worksheet for you. Christmas will get here quicker than you can get a tan and before you know it, you might feel sweaty about not having a budget in place for all your loved ones’ presents. The key to saving is to start where you are comfortable and be as consistent as possible. If it’s $10 a week, $20 a week, or $30 a week, the amount is up to you. And, […]

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Why It’s Ok to Say No

There are many reasons why it’s ok to say no, especially in the current world. Many of us suffer from anxiety and depression which makes it even more important to learn how to say no. Saying no sets boundaries. It helps us excel at the things we actually love. When we spread ourselves too thin, our performance, mood, and overall health suffer tremendously. If you are not yet convinced that it’s not ok to say, here are 5 reasons that might gently empower you to say no the next time you just can’t.   It’s Your Life You can’t control […]

Big Picture, High Performance

5 Hacks for Big Goal Attainment

Are you tired of hearing about goal attainment by now? Hopefully, not too much but rather, you feel that we are that team that may not talk to you often, but we are all rooting for you behind the scene to do something great for yourselves this year. Some may think that a life full of unfinished goals may be daunting and full of pressure to achieve all the time. But, a life without any goals whatsoever can be unfulfilling. Some of the best tips below are so simple. The first one is to write things down. You know that […]

Big Picture, Productivity & Planning

5 Hacks to Get Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

How many of you have been sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Over 40% of people who set goals drop them before the end of January. But, have no fear, it’s never too late to pick them back up again. Here are 5 hacks to help you get your New Year’s Resolutions back on track.   RECONNECT WITH YOUR RESOLUTIONS Our favorite reason here is to reconnect with your reasons for any goals you’ve set. I’ve heard more than once now from some internet friends that they’ve been feeling out of sorts and I […]

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How To Get Rid of Things That Annoy You

March is all about renewal. What better way to renew than to get rid of things that annoy you so you can live the month with a fresh perspective and a sense of energetic peace? When you are constantly irked by something or someone in your life, it’s not good for your health. It creates stress, mental strain, unnecessary anxiety, digestive problems, and an overall sense of ill well-being. It even shows in your skin, your hair, and is even exuded in your aura. We are all about positive auras, bright lights, energetic energy, good vibes, and a sense of […]

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How To Deal With The Eternal Optimist

The eternal optimist, we all know one. They are the people who walk around with a smile on their faces despite world hunger, diseases, wars, and dogs in the Sarah McLachlan commercials. They are the people who are fervent believers in the good of people, no matter how many times they’ve been robbed or disgraced. They are also the ones who are certain in their hope that people can change for the better. They are an amazing race of humans. I happen to be married to one, my two best friends are these type of people, and my boss, Teri. […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About Grit

There are 3 things you need to know about grit. It’s not the gunk that’s stuck on your sinks and shower tubs. It’s not that feeling you get when you’re exfoliating your face either. And, it’s definitely not the texture you feel in your mouth when you eat one of those baked goods that are not fluffy and moist. Grit is defined as having perseverance and passion for long-term goals (Duckworth, 2016). But, what does grit feel like? Think back to finals week for school or when you had 52 deadlines set for the coming week. You know you have […]