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What Does Success Look Like and How Does It Feel?

What does success look like? When you hear the word success, what do you picture? Growing up, success meant luxury goods and over-the-top experiences. I grew up watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, where the host, Robin Leach, explored the yachts, mansions, and luxury car collections of the world’s wealthiest people. Then signed off …

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Generosity: No Act of Kindness is Too Small

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines generosity as the willingness to give more money and time than is necessary or expected.  For decades, I struggled with the idea of acting generously and battled furiously against the desire to keep everything for myself. Rather than giving from a place of love and abundance, I was emotionally attached to money and …

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Does The Law of Diminishing Returns Apply to Money?

According to psychologists, our happiness peaks when we reach the magical salary of $75,000. Once we earn that much, our health and the quality of our relationships provide more joy than making more money ever could. We need to feel safe, secure, and well fed, but once money pays for life’s necessities, we don’t need more to …

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Recognizing Signs From Deceased Loved Ones

Do you believe in an afterlife? A place where souls go after they die? If so, do you think our deceased loved ones can send us signs from beyond the grave? It’s a question that’s intrigued me since 1986 when my best friend invited me to her nine-year-old slumber party. “Take a look at this,” …

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Lost Identity: I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore

Have you ever felt like you lost your identity? Anyone undergoing a significant life change can experience a loss of identity. New relationships, losing a loved one, childbirth, moving, job loss, and the end of close relationships can lead to an identity crisis. So can an unexpected diagnosis or traumatic event. It may seem difficult …

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What is Swedish Death Cleaning: Decluttering Before You Die

This year I inadvertently helped my parents embark on the act of Swedish death cleaning.  Shortly after my father received his cancer diagnosis, I began helping my parents clean and declutter their home. Although they keep a relatively organized house, they still had too much stuff and not enough space to welcome visitors after my dad became ill.  The house’s …

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10 Examples & Reasons to Choose Quality Over Quantity

If given the option, would you choose quality over quantity? What does the question mean? The phrase quality over quantity means it’s more important to have fewer high-quality relationships, moments, interactions, food, and clothing, than tons of less valuable versions. But most of us repeatedly choose quantity over quality. It’s ingrained in us from a …

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Time and Money: Money Bought Me Time

The posts on this blog have been sparse lately. Despite my best intentions, I haven’t written much. Caring for my dad, managing my parents’ finances, tending to my children, and completing a never-ending list of household chores haven’t left time for my daily musings.  There was a time when I would get itchy if I didn’t …

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A Dying Letter to My Children (A Note From My Dad)

My dad died peacefully at his home after a nearly year-long battle with cancer. Nine days before he passed, he told me he wasn’t ready to go. He didn’t fear death. What he feared was leaving us all behind. There are so many things I want to say about my dad, but it’s tough to …

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