Life Balance

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    5 Budget friendly Family Travel Tips

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    Whether it is taking the kids to Disney, a cruise or a family friendly resort, chances are that your family getaway will not happen if you are not able to afford it.

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    Assessing Your Fitness

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    How fit are you? How fit do you want to be? Answering these questions, and writing down your answers so you can revisit them later, is a great way to kick off a fitness program -- or to take your fitness program to the next level.

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    Raising Kids with Healthy Habits

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    Want to adopt healthy habits for yourself? Spread the love! Helping your kids to eat better, stay active, and practice good financial habits is a winner for everyone.

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    Automatic Progress

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    Moving ahead on your goals is hard enough when you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. It might be impossible -- and will certainly be discouraging -- if you're constantly flitting from one method to the next. What you want are some rock-solid habits that bring good results (even small ones), rain or shine

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    Take Pleasure

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    See how often you can repeat those words to yourself in the days to come, and let those words steer your thoughts in a positive direction. The point is to take pleasure each day, in the normal settings of your life, instead of waiting for things to be better "someday."

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    Eliminate Distractions!

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    What I'm proposing today: clear your mind and your schedule by eliminating everything extraneous so you can pour yourself into the Big Things.

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    Track Your Progress Visually

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    My super-simple suggestion is that you make visual reminders that help you stay on track with where you are and where you're headed.

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    Take the (Guess) Work out of Investing With Dollar Cost Averaging

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    With dollar cost averaging, you take the guess work - and the grunt work - out of investing, safe in the knowledge that you are getting the best average returns for the least effort expended.

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    Organize Your Nutrition in Advance

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    In other words, don't just go through the motions at the gym or on the jogging trail. Instead, set some goals, hit them, and then set some new goals. Push yourself, even if it's just a little bit.

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    Set a Training Schedule and Follow It

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    I set the topic for this post a couple of months ago. I figured I would tell you to use all of your belief (this blog's theme for January), discipline (February), and motivation (March) to follow through on your training schedule. Believe you can do it, have the discipline to do it, and keep motivating yourself to do it . . . and you can't lose!

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    Automating Finance for the Undisciplined and Disorganized

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    Is managing finance not a passion for you? An onerous task you'd prefer to ignore than attend to? No problem. Here are nine ways to automate your finances so you can focus on other things in life.

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    Simplify!

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    We have more choices today than ever. More communication channels, more ways to entertain ourselves, more ways to spend our time. We can live anywhere, do anything, read anything, and see anything. The variety is amazing, and I'm grateful for it.

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    Visualize Steady Improvement

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    In a nutshell, a feeling of self-efficacy means that you feel like you're able to succeed at what you're trying. You feel competent.

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    Making Big Life Changes: 20 Ways to Stay on Track

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    Making big life changes can be so daunting some people don't even get started. Whether it's buying a house, starting a business, getting married (or divorced!), changing career or lifestyle, losing weight, or eliminating debt, life changes require patience, dedication, and commitment.

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    Build Better Relationship Dynamics Now

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    Are you lonely? Divided from a loved one? Tired of fighting? I'm going to suggest a few ways you can get the ball rolling on living a better, happier life, based on the attitudes you bring to your relationships.

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    Visualize Your Fitness!

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    How does that feel? What does it feel like to be light and springy, even after running so far? It's much better to focus on those sensations than on the hardships that inevitably go along with marathon training.

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    Focus on What You Want from Life

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    This month's theme is motivation. How do you motivate yourself to pursue what you want from life? How do you maintain that motivation with your fitness, your finances, and your relationships?

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    Budgeting and Saving: 18 Ways to Stay Motivated

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    You decide to clean up your finances, create a budget, and start saving money. But a few months later, progress is slow and you're losing inspiration to stay on track.

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    Take Responsibility for How You Express Your Emotions

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    Some people try to work out their emotions by yelling. Others take their own feelings of insecurity, anger, or pain and use them as an excuse to manipulate those around them. But actions like these tear down relationships instead of building them up, and they'll tear you down if you practice them. You need to choose something better.

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    Automate Your Financial Decisions

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    You may not choose to wear the same thing every day, but when it comes to your finances you should choose to do the same things, day by day and month by month.

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    Controlling Your Tax Refunds with Payroll Deductions

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    You get a tax refund because you've paid too much tax throughout the year. Your employer deducts tax from your paycheck based on your annual income, but this doesn't account for various deductions and credits that might lower your taxable income.

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    Fitness Only Hurts at the Beginning

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    The truth is that regular training, especially over the long haul, feels good much of the time. The parts that don't feel good are manageable and brief.

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    21 Days to Success

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    There's an old idea in personal development -- probably first espoused by Dr. Maxwell Maltz -- that it takes 21 days of doing something every single day to make it a habit. As far as I can tell, there's never been a thorough scientific study to prove that it's 21 days (instead of 17 days or 35 days or whatever), but let's proceed as if it's basically true: You repeat a new behavior enough times and it becomes second nature. The big question then is . . . how do you get yourself to repeat it enough times? That's what we're talking about today. Make the Decision Once Don't try to establish a bunch of new habits at the same time. You can make sweeping changes in your life -- people do it all the time -- but from what I can tell, you're likelier...
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    Having the Discipline to Reach Your Goals

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    Reaching your goals can be a tiresome slog, but it doesn't have to be an act of sheer miserable force of will. Here are some tips to help you maintain the discipline to reach your goals - with minimal pain and lots to gain.

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    You CAN Achieve Life Balance

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    Today I'm going to talk about promoting life balance as a whole by examining your own beliefs about what is required of you . . . and what would be required to live out the life of your dreams.

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Starting Out

Are you finally out on your own and figuring out how to balance your finances? If so, this is the group for you. In Starting Out, you can talk about the challenges you are dealing with in a group of like-minded people.

Settling In

Do you feel like you are finally understanding what being a "grown-up" is all about and are settling into your adult life? If so, this is the group for you. In Settling In you can connect with others who are just like you.

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