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Month: December 2017

How to Smash through New Year’s Resolution Barriers for Success All Year Long

How to Smash through New Year’s Resolution Barriers for Success All Year Long

Spend any time on the internet in late December and you’re bound to find articles on New Year’s resolutions and how to make 2018 the best year yet. I’m all for optimism and cheer around New Year’s, especially since research has shown just how powerful January 1 can be. I’ve written before about how you shouldn’t wait until New Year’s to kick start your resolutions. Thinking beyond resolutions though is what is on my mind. I unabashedly admit that I…

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Self Care Saturdays are What Dreams are Made of

Self Care Saturdays are What Dreams are Made of

As of 5pm yesterday, I am officially on Christmas vacation. It almost felt like this day would never arrive. The only thing on my mind right now is some much needed self-care after a very challenging couple of months. With that in mind, my first full vacation day was a smashing success. I woke up this morning plenty early due to some insomnia. I didn’t let my earlier than usual morning bring me down though. Why not? There was a…

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How to Switch from Survival to Serenity this Holiday Season

How to Switch from Survival to Serenity this Holiday Season

I’m officially done with my teaching duties for the semester. I spent four hours this morning proctoring my students final exam. With teaching over for a few weeks, and only another week of lab before going on holiday, I’ve been preparing to celebrate Christmas. This week I mailed our holiday cards, and the tree is completely trimmed. My display of collectible holiday houses is up, and we even have lights on our front porch this year. The only thing left…

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How to Avoid Balanced Living Fails

How to Avoid Balanced Living Fails

Balanced living takes work, even if you’re committed to living a simpler, self-care focused life. I’m reminded of an article I shared earlier this year from Brigid Schulte about how even work-life balance experts are awful at balancing work and life. I wouldn’t quite put myself in that category, but I definitely have my share of fails. Tuesday night was one. My husband was working late, so when I got home from work I had the entire house to myself….

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How to Do Deep Work When You’re Incredibly Busy

How to Do Deep Work When You’re Incredibly Busy

“Deep work is a luxury not all of us can afford” is what a colleague recently mentioned in passing when I suggested he hunker down to finish a manuscript. His thinking, like a lot of people, is that with everything on their plate, finding one let alone two hours in a day for focusing on a single task is next to impossible. This presents a false dichotomy. Too busy to engage in meaningful, focused work while at the same time…

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