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What to Do With Unwanted Gifts: A Metaphor For Surviving 2020

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”  – Soren Kierkegaard 2020 is over, and the New Year is upon us … finally.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been this anxious and excited about bringing in a new year since Y2K. In my last post of 2020, we …

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5 Simple Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”  – Vern McLellan New Year’s resolutions—love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re inescapable this time of year. And even if you hate them, for many they hold an almost mystical appeal.  The new year gives us …

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How to Cope When Things Feel Out of Your Control

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James Approaching a new year always makes me reflective.  As artificial as New Year’s day can be considering, on one hand, it’s just another day—I do appreciate the chance to reflect forward, individually and collectively. There’s not much point in talking about …

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How to Stay Productive When the Days Get Shorter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”  – Aristotle It may feel like it’s been winter for months already, but December 21 marks the winter solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the shortest day of the year, and the official start of …

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10 Free Gift Ideas to Restore Meaning to Your Holidays

“It isn’t how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”  – Mother Teresa A few weeks back, I wrote about how to enjoy the holidays without overspending—and of course that’s possible. That post included tips on gift-giving without breaking the bank . . . since before we consider the radical idea …

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How to Handle Family Time (When You’ve Already Had Too Much)

“Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley The holidays are a bit of a mixed bag, right? On one hand, there’s a lot of great food around, and you don’t feel as bad about eating it as you would during beach season.  On the other hand, …

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How to Find Things to be Thankful For in 2020

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” — Melody Beattie Ah, Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  The time of year when we gather to stuff ourselves with turkey or tofurkey (!) and pumpkin pie …  And—when we’re doing it right—pausing long enough between bites to be thankful. …

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How the Home Edit Fall Short

LET THEM EAT … LABELS?! If you’re a Netflix watcher like I am, you’ve probably at least seen the trailer for The Home Edit.  The show caught my eye, and not just because it’s about one of my favorite topics: home organization.  It pops because it’s beautiful.  There are wide shots of color-coded walk-in closets, …

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How to Enjoy the Holidays WITHOUT Overspending

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”  – Will Rogers Here’s an unsurprising statistic—consumer spending around the holidays, particularly in the United States, has risen steadily since 2008.  We’re so used to seeing images of a frenzied mob on Black Friday that …

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