Last Minute Christmas Shopping

  I know I already turned off the procrastinators out there! For you, last minute is next Friday. Yes, I’m talking to you. You’re the one who still thinks those popular gift items are still in stock. It happens every year right, Christmas just seems to show up. But it doesn’t. These days Christmas is competing with Halloween for attention. Thanksgiving shows up wrapped in Black Friday and then the Christmas frenzy…

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Office Party: Don’t Let This Be You

Every workplace has that notorious story that keeps on giving! The employee cringes each time the story is told. But knows telling each new employee the story is an unofficial part of orientation. It’s December and workplaces near and far are hosting holiday parties for their employees. Coworkers are excited to attend and celebrate the holiday season with the people they spend most…

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Money Makeover Monday: No Spending Diet

Would you be able to go a week or a month without spending anything on clothing, shoes, electronic gadgets or dining out?  We are calling for our readers to put themselves on a spending cleanse!  In other words, spending will be limited to necessities like rent, utilities, transportation, medicine and groceries. During the no spending diet, buying the latest fashion trend, catching the newly…

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Money Makeover Monday: The Ca$h In Your Closet and Home

On Saturday, our neighborhood had a community garage sale.  It was advertised in the local paper and a banner was placed on the street leading into the community.  But the weather was overcast and drizzly. Needless to say traffic was light.  Some of the older residents did set up but used the time to catch up with each other. The younger…

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Little Things To Help Usher In Spring!

Ah finally,  March 20th, the first day of spring! We are already enjoying more sunlight in the evening.  Many are gearing up to become outdoor  warriors.  For others  who are not quite ready to conquer the great outdoors, there are still ways to get out there.  Spring is often a short season taken over by the  scorching heat of summer.   To help  embrace the subtle beauty…

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Weekend Pressure

TGIF!   We wait all week for Saturday and Sunday.  We look forward to not waking up early and the daily grind.  We have a peep in our step, ready to conquer Friday.  We walk into work, engage in the usual morning pleasantries then  review  the day’s to-do list. Then it happens.  Co-workers start to rattle off  all their great weekend plans.    As they…

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Work-Life Balance – Possible?

Work–life balance is the ability to strike an equilibrium between the competing interests of work (career goals) and lifestyle (family, friends, faith, health and relaxation).  Many of us struggle with trying to be all things to the various facets of our lives.   Save some frustration by accepting it is impossible to give competing demands the same amount of time. Let’s suppose,…

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Ending Sunday Night Blues

I know I am not alone when I say, I often get this heavy feeling on Sunday evening.  In fact, Monster.com recently conducted a poll and 76% of participants in the U.S. said they suffered from Sunday night blues “really bad”. Worldwide,  45% of poll participants said they too suffered from Sunday night blues. Sunday evening brings the realization that the carefree freedom of using our weekend time in any way is…

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