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Surviving Your Relatives During the Holiday Season

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You’ve seen all the cute holiday movies where everyone gets together and treats everyone with love and respect. Your family get-togethers might not have that same Norman Rockwell feel. Your mom still pesters you about being single. Your uncle still asks you to pull his finger. And your cousin, the surgeon, still makes fun of your sensible shoes.

The holidays aren’t all good times and cheer.

Try these strategies:

1. Realize that the holidays have unreasonable expectations. We’ve been bombarded…

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Tips for Getting Through the Holidays – Part 1

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Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in negative thought patterns and expecting the worst possible outcome in every situation? It’s a common mind-set that proves difficult until you finally decide you’ve had enough. Unfortunately, negative thoughts tend to breed and multiply on their own – even when you’re not consciously trying to think negatively.

The good news is that turning a negative outlook into a positive one just takes a bit of patience and persistence until the positive thoughts be…

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Surviving the Holiday Crunch

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The holidays are supposed to be a wonderful time for you and your family, though sometimes the stresses leading up the holidays make it seem like quite the opposite. Remember that even in poor economic times there are ways to enjoy yourself and survive the holiday crunch.

Spending Money

Chances are you'll be spending at least some money during the holiday season. With careful planning, you can make a small budget go quite a long way.

Consider the following holiday money saving tips:

1. Save …

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Add Joy to Your Life by Inventing Your Own Holidays

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We have many "official" holidays throughout the year to honor important people and events. The holidays provide a great opportunity to celebrate while spending quality time with loved ones.

But why not go a step further? Create your own holidays to transform ordinary days into special ones that could boost your health, well-being, relationships, and career.

Create Your Own Holidays to Boost Your Health and Well-being

  1. Go to bed early. Adequate sleep protects your health and productivity. Des…

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Protect Your Identity While Holiday Shopping Online

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The holiday season is one of the busiest online shopping times of the year. It’s also one of the most dangerous to your financial safety because online criminals are in full force during the holidays. Even so, you can stay safe and enjoy your online holiday shopping by taking some easy of these easy precautions:

1. Watch your Smartphone carefully. It’s easy for someone to steal your identity online by using your logged-in credentials on a Smartphone. You may want to set up and download apps tha…

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The values within you at the very core of who you are

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What I value makes me who I am. Spirituality, family, health, giving… They give me purpose. They fuel my inner guidance and outer confidence.

The values within you at the very core of who you are. They are the building blocks; the foundations and cornerstones for you. Things like respect, progress, family, fun, nature, achievement, or freedom.

When you find yourself feeling angry, frustrated, demotivated, or deflated around situations or people it may because one or more of your values is bein…

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Your Confidence Muscle May Need Some Exercise

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Confidence is a muscle, and like any muscle, you need to exercise it so that it doesn’t atrophy. The problem is that unlike your biceps or glutes, which tend to stay in the same place, your confidence muscle can be harder to find.

How do you develop your biceps or firm up your glutes?

By doing exercises that are designed to work that muscle over a period of time until you see the results you were looking for.

It’s just the same with confidence.

Let’s say that you’re the kind of person that d…

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Can You Trust Yourself to Make Great Choices?

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People spend copious amounts of time analyzing and looking for signs that they’re doing the right thing and that they are on the right path.

Sometimes we get our answer from hearing that we’re doing well at work. It could be encouragement from a friend or loved one. Sometimes we get that feedback by seeing our material wealth or possessions grow.

Rather than looking on the outside for those signs, how about going within for awareness of what you’re telling yourself?

How about trusting yoursel…

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Living on Purpose: One Rock at a Time

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A few summers ago I went to Sedona, AZ where I spent a week relaxing, re-energizing and revisiting the key values in my life. In this magical place are rock formations to climb and commune with nature and spirit. I decided to take a hike up one of the formations called Bell Rock.

The climb was a pleasant and beautiful experience.

On the way down I was in a hurry to get back to my car when I would meet up with my friend who I had come with. I was going too fast for the terrain that I nearly fel…

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Making Their Day Makes Yours

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Just wondering. What do you do to make someone’s day?

I make a point of reaching out to people to let them know I’m thinking of them. I may not have an hour to chat on the phone when people pop in my head, but I have time for a text or an inbox message to let them know they matter.

Take my word for it. Treating others this way is really fun. You feel just as good as they do. When you make someone’s day, it bounces back to you. It's a great feeling to witness their joy and surprise. Especially …

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