How to Prevent Work From Home Exhaustion
I’ve worked from home for the past 8 years to better manage my personal and professional lives. Having the benefit of working from home pre-Covid, I had a routine that was productive and manageable.Read full story
Death to Full Time Remote Working
I’ll preface this by saying I’ve worked from home for roughly 7 years now. Through this time, I’ve had multiple jobs and all supported some form of remote working. Many times I commuted to client sites a day or two a week. Sometimes I’d go to the office for team or company wide meetings. Overall, my days in the office were typically 2–3 days a week.Read full story
We Are More than Just Moms.
This past year has sucked for moms. For those of us used to working outside the house, we’re now trapped at home with our children. For those used to working at home, we’ve lost the peace and quiet we once had. As the days blend into the nights, our minds shift from virtual schooling to our day jobs to what to make for dinner. We’re overwhelmed. We’re stressed. And we realize we’re not getting any younger.Read full story
9 Lessons I've Learned from a Successful Entrepreneur
I’ve dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I was surrounded by family members with their own businesses. I loved going to my grandfather's office and taking a tour of his factory. I loved spending time with uncles who had their own retail stores. I often imagined myself with my own business.Read full story
At a gathering in the neighborhood, I told my neighbor her daughter had blossomed. She seemed to change from an awkward preteen to a beautiful young woman overnight. She smiled, thanked me and said her daughter was dieting.Read full story
South Dakota Was One of the Best Trips I’ve Ever Taken - Here’s Why.
Two years ago, my husband surprised me with a trip. Due to the necessity to take time off of work and the kids’ schedules, he had no choice but to spoil the surprise after the flights and hotel were booked. With two kids in daycare, we didn’t have extra money, so he opted to go low budget.Read full story
The Pandemic Has Shown Us We Don’t Need Material Things and yet We Keep Buying Them.
This past year, most of us have realized less is more. As we continue to stay home, we’ve evaluated our expenses. Those of us that are fortunate to have employment are saving money without our usual commutes and daily expenses. For those of us without jobs, we’re likely trying to spend as little as possible in order to maximize a dollar. Regardless of where we are with employment, we’re all trying to make do with less.Read full story
One Month down with Eleven More to Go. Who Will You Be at the End of This Year?
I typically start the year with clearly documented goals. I set goals to lose weight, eat healthier, or spend less time working and more time with my children. Unfortunately, I don’t achieve my goals. While I do make progress, I haven’t had a year where I crossed one of these documented goals off my list.Read full story
The Evolution to Self-Awareness
The past couple years have been life changing. I’ve realized things about myself. I’ve stopped caring about the opinions of others. I’m increasingly happy with my choices in life and focusing on improving myself.Read full story
It’s Amazing What Happens When You Do Something Consistently a Couple Minutes Each Day.
Looking back at the past couple months, I try and pinpoint a specific point of time that things changed. The reality is I can’t. There is, however, a noteworthy difference between myself today and last year.Read full story
I Would Do Anything for Love but I Won’t…take a Cold Shower.
The success of my 11-year marriage is the amount of time my husband and I spend on personal growth. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves. We value growth due to challenges and accomplishment. We are both trying to be better versions of ourselves. This love of learning and improvement has helped us grow as individuals and as a couple.Read full story
Hygge Has Changed My Perception of Winter
During the months of October to February, I’m miserable. I spend the winter months sitting on the couch watching mindless television. I gain weight. I don’t feel good about myself. I make excuses. I tell myself it's okay to hibernate. Each year, I dread the winter.Read full story
If Your Significant Other Doesn’t Inspire You, It’s Time to Move On.
Pre Covid, the average couple spent two and a half hours a day together. That time has compounded with Covid. If both people work 8 hours a day and sleep 8 hours a day, there’s still an additional 8 they see each other at home. With spending so much time with someone, it’s essential he or she inspires you. Without inspiration, the relationship won’t last.Read full story
5 Lessons Learned from Writing in the Five-minute Journal for 3 Years
I purchased the five-minute journal in 2017. I felt stressed, unaccomplished, and unproductive. I needed something to get out of my daily funk. I needed a better understanding of what I wanted and what I was doing to get there.Read full story
Minimalism Is Indeed a Journey – a Journey to the Garbage Can.
The time spent at home this past year has made me abundantly aware I value time spent outside of the house. It’s also made me realize I own way too many things. In fact, the average American home has 300,000 items! The average home size has tripled in size in the past 50 years. Basically, we’re buying bigger homes to store more stuff. When the stuff takes over, we feel we need an even bigger home to store it.Read full story
5 Takeaways from the Rise and Fall of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh lived an extraordinary life. Born in Illinois to Taiwanese immigrants, he moved to California as a young child. In 1995, he graduated from Harvard with a degree in Computer Science. Just a year later, he launched LinkExchange, an advertising network. Two years later, the site had 400,000 members and 5 million ads. He sold LinkExhange to Microsoft for $265 million in 1998.Read full story
If You Don’t Think about Death, You Can’t Fully Enjoy Life
Morbid, isn’t it? The whole concept of memento mori was new to me nearly 5 years ago. For those unfamiliar, Memento mori is a latin phrase mearning ‘remmeber you must die’.Read full story
Can Money Buy Simplicity? Because That’s What I Want
Over the years, I’ve struggled with what I’ve been brought up to want and what I actually want. This seems to be a common trend for most children of immigrants. My parents came to the United States with nothing yet managed to do very well for themselves. I’ve been brought up to understand that money doesn’t come easy and it’s important to work hard to be able to afford the nicer things.Read full story
By Changing Our Habits, We Can Change Who We Become
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear wrote “For most of my adult life, I didn’t consider myself a writer. If you went to ask any of my high school teachers or college professors, they would tell you I was an average writer at best: certainly not a standout. When I began my writing career, I published a new article every Monday and Thursday for the first few years. As the evidence grew, so did my identity as a writer. I didn’t start out a writer. I became one through my habits.”Read full story
Forget The Side Hustle, Focus on the Anti Hustle Instead
These days the side hustle has become norm. So many people are busting their butts working their 9-5 only to come home, or stay home, and work on another project. People spend their down time on money-making initiatives with the goal of one day leaving their day jobs. I applaud these people. They make the extra work seem appealing.Read full story