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Don't Wish Your Life Away

One of the things that makes humans, well human, is our ability to anticipate the future. We can make plans and take action today so that sometime in the future something else will happen. It's a wonderful ability. Planning for the future is an exciting activity. However, one thing that we need to be careful about is not getting too hung up waiting for our well laid plans to unfold. If we don't watch ourselves we can end up wishing our lives away!  ... read more of this story»

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If You Remember One Thing This Christmas, Remember This

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be a trying time for the would be frugal saver. We are pressured to spend now more than any other time of the year. We've got family coming to visit or we're booking trips to visit others. It takes a lot out of us all to keep our personal finances from flying off the rails in a flurry of Christmas eats and treats. There's one thing you mustn't forget and you mustn't skimp out on this Christmas though and that's enjoying Christmas.  ... read more of this story»

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The Top Two Factors Affecting Personal Happiness

One of the biggest drivers in my life these days is a pursuit of happiness. As such, I've been doing a decent amount of reading on the subject. With goal setting season just around the corner, I thought I'd take a few minutes to share with you some of what I've learned about the key factors affecting happiness. After I tell you about the top two happiness contributors, I'll explain how I'm using this information to shape my own personal goals.  ... read more of this story»

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Simplify By Harnessing Your Urge To Get Ahead

It is difficult to maintain a simple lifestyle when we are surrounded by others who don't. It is tough not to get the latest and greatest when everyone else is getting it. It can be one of the hardest aspects of getting started with simplification in your life and can sometimes cause you to give up. Our desire to compete with others and to compare our situation with others is deeply rooted in our genetic make up. However, by looking at things slightly differently, we can take full advantage of this natural impulse to get ahead to keep us going down the road to simplicity.  ... read more of this story»

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As With Buffets, So With Life

Knowing when to stop eating at an "All You Can Eat" buffet can make the difference between going home with a satisfied belly and going home with a belly that aches. It is easy to feel that we need to get more for less but sometimes it's best to stop when you've got enough -- even though there is more to be had. In a society that evaluates success based on comparisons with others, like the Joneses, it is easy to see that success is not only a moving target but an ever retreating one as well. Once you realize that you've already got enough you can live a happier life with a lot less effort. So put the plate down, ask for the bill and see why the Joneses have got it all wrong.  ... read more of this story»

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On Simple Living

There are lots of labels out there for the different ways a person can simplify their lives: voluntary simplicity, simple living, frugal living, etc. Now someone who is a scholar of these ideas will tell you that there are distinct differences between all the labels. Frugality is different than Simplicity and all that. They may be correct but I try not to split hairs over deciding which label to place on an idea. The fact is, leading a simpler, more frugal, happier life will open doors that were hidden before. You'll have more security, less stress and you can feel good about yourself all at the same time.  ... read more of this story»

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