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balancing your work life and home life

balancing your work life and home life

I recently read the very annoying New York Times article (that I refuse to link to, because I am still annoyed) about how today’s young people work longer and harder than ever before and are addicted to working long hours. It’s plain and simply true, because it takes a lot more work and a lot more grit to achieve the same level of success. Without getting into my own personal bitterness about generational differences and why things are much harder for millennials than they…

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my 2019 resolutions

my 2019 resolutions

I don’t put too much stock into setting specific resolutions anymore, because I think that sets you up for failure, especially if you try to jump into achieving EVERYTHING at once. So, I set a word of 2019 earlier in the month, and now I’m shaping a few goals around that word. My word of 2019, if you missed it, is well. Meaning I want to live well, eat well, feel well – and just get closer to optimal wellness,…

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my word of 2019:

my word of 2019:

I don’t know when the trend moved from setting your New Year’s resolutions to choosing a word for the year ahead, but I am so totally into it. Last year, I chose the words “focus” and “mindful,” and I’ll be up front: I don’t feel like I was particularly focused or mindful in 2018. And that’s OK. A lot of things happened in 2018. It feels like that, anyway. Mainly, I changed jobs twice. (Which, by the way, I do…

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My advice for setting goals in 2019

My advice for setting goals in 2019

This is my favorite time of year, if I have to be honest – it’s time to start thinking about 2019 goals!  Goal setting is one of my favorite things, and I always feel so productive and fresh at the beginning of the year. I don’t think 2019 will be any different – we have so much work to do at my job, and I have a lot of things I want to achieve otherwise.  There are good ways to…

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5 podcasts for women with big dreams

5 podcasts for women with big dreams

I just recently got into podcasts. Specifically, self-development podcasts. And I’m here to round up my choices for the best podcasts for women – specifically, women who want to focus on their personal development and women who have big dreams. Obviously, I am about 10 years behind. I listened the famous ones like Serial and S-Town and Dirty John (all crime-related, yes) and Patrick and I are known to binge a true crime narrative podcast on long trips, but in…

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35 ways to say no

35 ways to say no

If you’re anything like me, you struggle with overcommitting yourself – and even more, you struggle with how to say no when you need to or want to. I love to feel like I’m wanted, and I love to be helpful to other people. Saying no might be one of the hardest things for me, because I never want to turn down an opportunity to help other people. I don’t like to turn down opportunities, period. That leaves me with…

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a better way to multitask

a better way to multitask

For the longest time, I was convinced that I could multitask with the best of them. I shunned all of the productivity experts who swore multitasking was not possible or achievable, and I didn’t even consider any advice on how to multitask and how not to. I was a successful multitasker, and that was that. Of course, in recent years, I’ve identified many reasons why I shouldn’t have been multitasking all this time. Maybe it’s just as I’ve gotten older and my…

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how to be more respectful of your own time

how to be more respectful of your own time

I know that time management is not everyone’s forte. Some people are infinitely better at it than others, and many of us default to being busy instead of being productive. But life is more about being busy for the sake of being busy. I’m working on training myself to stop replying to, “How are you doing?” with any sentence that involves the word “busy.” Instead, I’m trying to be productive, work towards my goals and value my own time –…

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It’s time to take a break

It’s time to take a break

No, no, not me – you! It’s time to take a break, friend. I have had the last two weeks off as I transition jobs, and at first, I was absolutely furious at the thought of this. But then… it didn’t sound so bad. And now that I’m wrapping up my two weeks, I’m glad I got this time. It was really valuable, and I caught up on a lot of things I’ve been putting off.

7 habits of highly productive people you can try today

7 habits of highly productive people you can try today

I wonder if this is a weird hobby of mine – it probably is – but I love reading about or listening to people, especially women who run their own businesses, talk about their morning routines, how they manage their schedule and how to increase productivity. There couldn’t be enough of this sort of media out there. I want it all. ALL OF IT. I love learning from inspirational people who have mastered the art of a well-managed schedule, and I…

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