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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Experience Is Everything

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    It's easy to get caught up in money, or the stuff that money can buy. But it's a mistake. We should focus instead on cultivating rich experiences, especially those that help us to connect with our friends and loved ones, and those that bring us not just surface enjoyment, but a deeper sense of personal fulfillment. 

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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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    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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    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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    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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    9 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active through the Summer

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    As we head toward the dog days of summer, it can become more of a challenge to keep the kids from getting bored.

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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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    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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    Shock Yourself in a Good Way-Pay Cash for Everything!

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    How do you get out of a rut? Sometimes the answer is to shock yourself with an over-the-top effort to do something amazing and constructive in your life. 

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    39 and Counting

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    In the bigger picture, though, there are just a lot of things I want to do -- and hitting 39 is a sharp reminder that I'm not a kid anymore.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Beware of Standby Power: Don't Let it Suck You Dry!

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    When you charge your laptop or cell phone, do you sometimes leave it plugged in beyond the time that it's fully charged? Do you have appliances with remotes, LED lights, constant displays, or power adaptors? If so (and most likely you do), then you are an unwitting consumer of standby power, and it's sucking you dry - financially and environmentally.  

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    Save Money with a Christmas Wish List

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    On my fictitious mental list of things I would have liked for Christmas is inevitably a host of items with varying price tags and degrees of necessity. It's perfect for a Christmas Wish List, and alleviates the need for my benefactors to guess (often wrongly) what I'd like or need.

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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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    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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    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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