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Easy Ways to Cut Down on Christmas Spending

The holiday season is the time when most families spend the most money. The other time of the year that is a big expense is summer vacation, but most families have more trouble budgeting for Christmas and New Year’s than in the summer. To help you save money over last year without cutting into your […]

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How to Keep Going When Your Dream Seems Far Off

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” ~Oprah Winfrey I needed a bit of extra cash last month, so I took on a temporary events role working at a local design exhibition. I’ve worked in events before, so I didn’t think much about it. I just knew […]

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Is it Smart to Downsize for Retirement?

Retirement is upon you or coming up pretty fast and one of the things your accountant might have told you is that now is the time for you to downsize. While moving into a smaller house might seem to make sense now that the kids are all grown and gone, but like any financial decision you […]

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Healing is Not Linear – Highs and Lows Are Part of the Process

“Just like a muscle needs to tear to grow stronger, sometimes we need to wade into our own darkness to find a brighter light.” ~Lori Deschene Sometimes we need to journey into the deepest, darkest, scariest, most painful places inside in order to reach the next level. This is what happened to me last week. […]

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Just starting out? Follow this savvy financial advice

College graduates just getting started on their lives and careers frequently struggle with finances.  Financial planner Sophia Berg recently offered these tips for staying afloat on the Daily Finance website:  Focus on priorities. Your best bet is to put these goals on the front burner: Build an emergency savings fund; pay down any high-interest debt […]

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The Introvert’s Hate/Hate Relationship With Spontaneity

“The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.” ~Miguel De Cervantes They say you should live in the present, and “they” form a chorus of voices that is growing in number by the second. Everywhere you turn these days, the message is loud and clear: life is better when you live in the […]

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So How Do I Know If My Employees Are Making a Good First Impression?

Awhile back I wrote a blog article about the importance of making a good first impression on your prospects (http://bit.ly/sblW7W). But how do you know if your employees are losing possible customers by making a bad first impression? One of the best ways is to “mystery shop” your own business or practice. You should do this […]

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Sometimes People Don’t Say Sorry—Why It Pays to Forgive Nonetheless

“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” ~Roberto Assagioli When I was a little girl, I used to wonder what my father was like. Was he a nice man? What did he look like? Did he think about me? Did he love me? But, above all I wondered why […]

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Dogs Don’t Like Perfectionism Either!

This piece by Nancy Tanner on how impatience ruins dog training is brilliant: When I am asked what is the biggest problem I see in dog training today, it is the same problem I saw fourteen years ago, and thirty years ago, it is the misunderstanding of time. It takes time to learn how to […]

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What Does Your Organizational Culture Say About Your Business?

Despite its importance in terms of attracting or repelling customers and clients, potential investors, and the hottest new talent, all too often organizations think little about their culture and what it says about their business.  In many cases, organizational culture is something that just develops naturally, but as it speaks of the human aspects of […]

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