Life Balance

Nora and Tim help you find balance when dealing with a stressful debt situation. Learn how to manage stress and enjoy travel without breaking the bank.
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    How fit will you be a year from now?

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    Even if it's never worked for you before, you can plan your fitness and then carry out that plan over the next 12 months. In my experience, making that happen is a lot less about the specific fitness plan, and a lot more about coming to grips with what you can't control and what you can.

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    House-Sitting: Feel Right at Home on Vacation, and Save Big Money

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    For your next vacation, how would you like to receive free accommodation, get off the beaten tourist trail, and feel right at home the whole time? If this type of vacation appeals to you, then house-sitting could be a great fit.

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    Take a Vacation Every Day

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    What if we could experience little slices of that vacation vibe -- the relaxation, the feeling of escape -- in every working day?

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    3 Ways to Keep Your Kids from Driving You Crazy this Summer

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    Now, too many children spend their summers parked in front of a TV, computer, or video-game screen, eating a bad diet and seldom leaving the couch. And if you're "lucky," they'll also complain about being bored!

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    Have You Considered Voluntourism as a Vacation Option?

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    Would you like to volunteer during your next vacation? Do something that helps a local community, or nature, or animals? Great! But be warned: volunteer vacations can be quite expensive, and aren't all created equal. Here are a few tips on how to find inexpensive volunteer vacations.

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    Back to the Basics of Fitness

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    Whatever you do, remember this: even though the hard work of exercise can make you temporarily tired and sore, you pursue it to promote your overall sense of well-being and joy. Tap into that bigger feeling of better health.

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    Setting Family Expectations for Vacations

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    My friend -- who has young children -- expressed surprise that my sister and I didn't fight throughout the thousands of miles in the car. I clarified that it wasn't all harmony and light between the two of us, but I also explained that my father had been a youth minister for many years. During that time, he and my mother racked up lots of experience in both making things fun for kids and gently but very clearly enforcing boundaries and expectations.

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    Budgeting; The Swiss Army Knife of Accomplishment

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    You want to eat healthy, and you want to feed yourself and your family without spending a fortune on food. So how do you get your budget of calories and nutrients to harmonize with your budget of dollars?

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    Is Your Pride Holding You Back From Success?

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    Last week I used that quote from Benjamin Franklin to talk about idleness and how it undermines us as we try to live out our dreams. This week I want to pick up on the subject of pride and the bad effects it has.

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    8 Things to do With Mismatched Socks

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    Beware of the sock monster. It lives in clothes dryers, under dressers, and behind furniture. And it's a vindictive monster, because it likes to bereave you of just one sock; it has no desire for pairs.

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    Secrets of Success - Benjamin Franklin Style

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    In this post I'll talk about the example he gave us for avoiding idleness. (We can talk about pride another time.)

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    Where do you go for inspiration?

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    Do you need inspiration? Do you know where to go to find it? I've got some tips to use if you feel like the well of inspiration is running dry for you.

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    Find the Power in Tracking Your Expenses

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    One of the reasons budgets fail is because a crucial first (and ongoing) step is missed in the budgeting process: tracking your expenses.

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    Show Veggies Some Love

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    Everywhere you can, look for food with ingredients that have been processed less rather than more. Most of the junk food around us is loaded with highly refined flour, sugar, and other starches; it also has minimal amounts of identifiable fruits or vegetables, and very little fiber.

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    Adventures as a Non-consumerist in a Consumer Driven World….

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    I have a strange confession to make; I have turned into quite the non-consumerist, in fact I have spent less than twenty dollars on myself since the first of the year.

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    Get Outside!

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    Hey, I'm sure the weather will be better a month or two from now. So what? Get out there anyway! If the ground is still soggy, put on some Wellington boots -- or just go in your bare feet -- and enjoy the spring air.

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    Splurge or Save: a Tax Refund Dilemma

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    So what is the best use for your $500? Let's look at the options.

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    Let Every Windfall Build Your Net Worth

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    In this post, I'm advising you to steer away from that habit. Instead of spending your tax refund -- or your bonus at work, or money you get from moonlighting -- I suggest you use it to build your net worth.

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    Year-Round Fitness

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    This is what's been happening with me: Although I'll never win any athletic contests, I'm a fairly serious weightlifter, and, after a hiatus of several years, I've also been getting back into running. But work has been unbelievably hectic, family duties have intervened, and, next thing you know, three weeks go by and I've only worked out twice. It happens. Do It First

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    One Daily Question that Will Keep Your Life from Stagnating

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    You get up. You go to work. You go home. You go to sleep. And you repeat this pattern until all of a sudden, months have passed and you're not exactly sure what - if anything - you have to show for it (except maybe a few more wrinkles).

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    Reset Your Resolve

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    The good news, however, is that you can renew them anytime you want -- like right now, for instance. So please get a notebook and pen and work through three little exercises with me. I promise it will be (mostly) painless and highly practical, and only take a few minutes of your time.

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    Treating Yourself Right

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    My advice: take the focus off of what's wrong and what you can't do. If you think you're not rich enough, not thin enough, or not good-looking enough, the problem is arising from your own mindset, not from your bank balance, your waistline, or your looks. If there's something real that's wrong -- alcoholism in the family, persistent bad financial habits, illness, or the like -- then commit yourself to making it right, not to focusing on all the ways it's wrong.

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    Got the February Blahs? Ever Think of Taking a Sabbatical?

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    But time away from the office is quite necessary, and can even be financially beneficial (as counter-productive as it seems). You'd be amazed at how rejuvenating a sabbatical can be for your life and career.

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    Working Off All That Chocolate

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    So, Valentine's Day has come and gone - plus Super Sunday, Christmas, and all the other pig-out holidays. What are you going to do about all the extra, empty calories you've consumed?

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    Replace Valentine’s Spending with Better Displays of Affection

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    Even more importantly, whoever's on the receiving end of the gifts can also do a lot to communicate clear expectations. So even if you're the one waiting for your partner to "surprise" you with a Valentine's treat, read on.

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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.

Balancing It All

Struggling to balance all that an established lifestyle has to offer? The balancing it all group is for you. Discuss the challenges you face when your responsibilities at work, at home and with family and friends all compete for your attention.

The New Retirement

Are you currently retired or planning on retiring very soon? If so, this is the group for you. Times have changed and so has retirement. Learn how others are redefining retirement.