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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    Gift Calendars: How to Remember Special Occasions and Stay on Budget

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    Here's a technique to help you plan and save for all special occasions, taking into account some of the extra expenses you bear around these times that might be throwing your budget off-track. (An added benefit: you won't likely forget special occasions any more either).

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    Time to get REAL

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    February is real life, and it's probably how things are going to stay at least until summer starts, unless we take action to change them.

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    Building Momentum in Mindset

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    But none of that works -- or at least none of it will stick -- if you don't also get your mindset going in the right direction.

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    Do You Really Need It? 8 Expenses You Can Cut Out of Your Life

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    If you take a critical look at absolutely every penny you spend - a really detailed examination - you might realize that your money is going to a number of places that it doesn't need to go.

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    Building Momentum in Nutrition

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    Review everything I say against your own good sense, and consult with a doctor if you think that your nutrition issues call for it.

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    Building Momentum in Workouts

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    Since I'm guessing that more than a few of you have set New Year's resolutions around fitness, this week I'll suggest a few ways to keep the ball rolling with your workouts.

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    Educating Your Children about Money, Part Two: Guidelines

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    This article will deepen the timeline by giving you some additional tips to ensure your kids have a healthy relationship with money, right from the start.

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    What If You’re Just STUCK?

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    In fact, I recommend that you start with teeny-tiny wins. If you're truly feeling stuck about, your fitness, your finances, your relationships, your career, or any other part of your life; you can gain momentum with a small but effective victory.

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    The Liberating Struggle of Behavior Change

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    Repeat after me: What will I do differently in 2011?

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    The Top Five Things I Learned This Year

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    That's not a bad thing, necessarily. My life is substantially better now than it was 12 months ago. There was just a lot of hard slogging in between. Here are five key things that I learned -- more accurately, re-learned -- along the way.

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    Fostering Flow across Your Life

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    Sometimes the holidays seem to make everything harder: you have more demands than ever on your time, your pocketbook, your family, and even your emotions.

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    Shifting the Holiday Focus Away from Food

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    You're trying to keep yourself in good shape, maybe even lose some weight. And then the holidays roll around . . . and suddenly it's January 15th, and you still haven't gotten back to the gym to start working off the pounds of lard you put on between Halloween and New Year's.

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    Could You Get Rid of Everything You Own?

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    When I became a Professional Hobo almost four years ago, it came with a cost-- one that was hard to come to terms with, but one that was ultimately among the best things I could ever have done. I got rid of everything I owned.

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    Splurges

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    Your weakness could be the big sales -- for shoes, power tools, or whatever -- at your favorite store. It might be wasting whole evenings on junk television, then feeling guilty because you're not caught up on housework.

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    Set Your OWN Expectations

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    Whose expectations are you trying to live up to?

    The holidays are a great time to reflect on this, since so many people make this the season of excess: too much food and drink, too many parties, and too much spending on too many gifts.

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    Count Your Blessings

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    Taking a break for just a few days with our closest family -- no gifts to exchange, no religious ceremonies, just enjoying good food and each other's company -- can be wonderful. 

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    Make a Decision to Kill Clutter

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    Clutter doesn't come from the stuff itself, but from the decisions we make -- or fail to make -- about the things we have and the available space we have for them.

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    Educating Your Children about Money; Part 1 The Timeline

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    Even if you're not the best with your own finances, you owe it to your children not to pass along bad habits and fears.

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    The Holiday Season is Upon us: Will You Let it Stress You Out This Year?

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    I firmly believe that we have a lot of control over how we react to situations in our lives -- which means that we can choose to experience less stress. Sound good to you? Read on!

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    How to Conquer Impulse Shopping Syndrome

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    Impulse shopping is something we all fall prey to from time to time. But when impulse shopping tendencies become a full-on syndrome, we need to find ways to conquer it.  

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    The relief of making fewer decisions

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    Want to increase your will power? Want to smooth out the path toward your goals? Make fewer decisions.

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    Setting Financial Goals you Will Achieve

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    "I want to get out of debt...I want to get out of debt," you repeat to yourself. This is a mantra that you wake up to each morning, go to bed with each night, and are pensive over every day. "I don't want any more bills...I don't want any more bills," is the accompanying harmony.  

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    Lots of Levers

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    There are usually many things you can do -- lots of levers you can pull -- to change things for the better.

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    Ways to Make Money by Recycling

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    Most of us recycle paper and plastic, but there are many more things we simply can't recycle on our own. And if it still works (but just not for us), then it's a shame to toss it in the trash. Electronics in particular increasingly need replacing, but have numerous components that are toxic to landfills.

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    Doling Out the Candy -- or Not

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    So, figure out where to strike the balance between (a) being a responsible parent, looking out for your children's well-being, and (b) not being a complete spoilsport.

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In addition to the blogs, be sure to check out the new CareOne Groups:

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.