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.
  • Life Balance

    How fitness goals help you manage the rest of your life

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    Life gets complicated. We try to give attention to work, family, finances, fitness, and at least a little bit of relaxing . . . but the effort can easily turn into a clumsy juggling act instead of a harmonious composition. 

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    Getting to know your neighborhood on foot

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    "Walking is the best possible exercise." Thomas Jefferson said that two hundred years ago, and it remains as true now as it was then. Even with all the weightlifting and other exercise that I do, taking long walks in my neighborhood remains one of my most enjoyable activities. Walking is also the cheapest form of exercise, since it requires no special equipment, no special training, and no team meetings or uniforms or playing surface. You just put on your shoes and go

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Vacationing Without Traveling: Taking an Effective “Staycation”

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    So, you've got some vacation time burning a hole in your schedule, but you can't afford to go away. If you like the feeling of escape that a vacation provides but money is tight, try taking a "Staycation!" 

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    Shopping the Grocery Store for Your Health

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    We don't even think about how spoiled we are when we walk into the grocery store. There are so many tempting choices that we're overwhelmed by them. These days, merchants have to pull out all the stops to find new ways to draw us in with attractive marketing messages and the slickest packaging. 

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    Swimming Is the Perfect Summer Exercise

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    The middle of summer is the perfect time to beat the heat and get a self-paced, full- body workout at your favorite swimming hole. 

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Fall is the Season for FREE Family Fun!

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    With school back in full swing, this is a perfect time of year to enjoy fun family activities that won't break the bank.

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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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    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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    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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    15 Things to Expect From Your Financial Planner

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    If a financial planner recommends investments before determining what you need the money for (ie: your goals), they're either skipping a step or have an alternate agenda. Financial planning is all about structuring your finances to help you get to where you want to go in life - now and later. Goals are crucial to the plan.

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    Find the Meaning of Your Life: Write Your Obituary

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    Just think about what's important to YOU and write it down, starting with your most cherished wish. Do you want to run marathons? Get married and move away with your new spouse to some exotic corner of the world? Run your own business? Write a book? All of the above?

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    5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t do Your Christmas Shopping Early

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    But despite this "flawless" plan, everything fell apart in December. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't do your Christmas shopping early!

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    Take Charge: Tackle Childhood and Family Obesity

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    THREE TIMES as many U.S. children are obese today as 30 years ago. Childhood obesity is just one part of the bigger obesity epidemic affecting the United States, but it's particularly troubling when you consider that:

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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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    Back-to-school specials = Christmas stocking stuffers?

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    So even though I liked her post, I'm going to suggest five reasons you should do your Christmas shopping early.

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    No Excuses! Work Out Despite the Summer Heat

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    It's gonna be a long, hot summer. Are you going to use that as an excuse to put off your fitness plans until later? (And does "later" mean two months? Six months? Ten more years?) Or are you going to get your act in gear and find ways to work out despite the heat?

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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.