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Want, Need, Wear, Read: The 4 Rule Gift Giving Tradition

Have you heard of the Want, Need, Wear, Read Christmas gift-giving strategy? It’s an approach to Christmas that helps us appreciate holiday traditions while minimizing the cost and complexity of the holidays. Do you want to simplify Christmas or celebrate a minimalist Christmas this year? Check out the simplicity of the four-gift-giving rules. Want Need Wear Read: Christmas Gift …

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Simple Pleasures: Finding Joy in the Ordinary

It’s easy to spend inordinate amounts of time and money pursuing happiness while forgetting that joy can exist at any moment on any given day. When we think about happiness we often picture expensive outings and special occasions. We imagine traveling to exotic locations or spending money on extravagant meals, but the greatest gifts in …

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A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime: Why People Come Into Your Life

Have you heard the saying, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime?” The quote suggests that people enter our lives for three reasons. To teach us lessons, guide us through specific periods, or to join our life-long journey. The Need for Social Interaction Life is a journey, and our …

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How to Minimize Your Life to Maximize Your Enjoyment

In my younger years, I believed more stuff would make me happy—more events, activities, clothing, friends, and, of course, more money. But as time passes, I recognize that minimizing my life leads to more enjoyment.  The law of addition by subtraction brings happiness in ways that more stuff never could. By reducing the excess in my life, …

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Clutter Free Gifts for Parents and Grandparents

Do you associate holidays and birthdays with piles of brightly wrapped gifts? Many of us do. But this year, I’m taking a different approach to gift-giving. After helping my parents downsize their possessions, I don’t want to add another unnecessary item to their home. Instead, I’m focusing on clutter-free gifts—heartfelt gifts that don’t take up …

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Will I Regret Quitting My Job to Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

Have you ever thought about quitting your job to stay home with your children? Every week I receive letters from women who are considering leaving their careers. Some emails are short, and some are long, but more than half ask the same vital question: Will I regret quitting my job to become a stay-at-home mom? …

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How to Let Go of Regret and Remorse

Every day we make choices hoping to make our future selves happy. We consider our options, weigh the pros and cons, and choose what appears to be the best path. We flash forward, through the magic of our imaginations, and think, “I’ll be happy I did that.” It doesn’t matter what choices lay before us. …

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