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Maintain Your Focus

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020

We live a world of distractions and stimulation that make constant demands for our attention. We may earnestly want to work on laundry, read a book or write an email but we are consistently interrupted by notification pings from our smart phone, computer, visits from family members or co-workers as well as our own procrastination diverting us from our daily goals. Research indicates that our brain will perform more effectively when we focus on only one task at a time. When we divide our attention between multiple tasks we are not giving either task 100% attention. This is the reason texting...

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Life Simplified

Posted by on Feb 1, 2020

In my organized opinion, living a simple life means less. Owning less stuff. Scheduling less on the calendar. Having less debt.   When you have less to distract you, your life and space become more open to the opportunity to focus on what matters most to you.   In last 5 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with Certified Life Coach, Maripat Abbott. She is the founder of More Peace Life Coaching and shares a consistent message of living a life with more peace, clarity and simplicity. She regularly inspires me to maintain a peaceful stance even when unpredictable issues may be...

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Gift Giving with Intention

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019

A few years ago, my husband and I were ready to make some changes to our gift giving traditions. We were interested in giving our kids experiences instead of things so we skipped the gifts under the tree and instead we took a family trip. We went on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. My kids tell us “it was the best Christmas ever!” The memories we made on that trip will last us a lifetime. So far, we’ve had the blessing of traveling to Las Vegas, Universal Studios, and we’ve even kept it local with a hotel stay in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve. However, we found that the trips can be expensive...

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Junk Drawer S.O.S.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019

We all have one, two or three. In the kitchen, office, garage, anywhere. The proverbial junk drawer.   That drawer which can store everything from measuring tape to chewing gum and lots of other miscellaneous necessities that never seem to go together but are critical to helping you accomplish tasks in that particular room where the junk drawer is located.     Let’s take a closer look at cleaning out and setting up a successful office junk drawer.   Empty the Contents Random items can get tossed into junk drawer which do not belong but somehow find their way in this...

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A Simplified Life Leads to a Happy Life

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

In my experience, personally and with clients, I’ve learned that simplicity can make you happy.  Living with less, have less commitments, less debt, less screen stimulation and less negativity produces a positive attitude, environment and life. Please allow me to introduce my colleague, Sandy Campbell with Holistic Health Solutions. Sandy is an inspiring and happy, holistic health coach. Here’s her take on the recipe for a Happy Life…. Can We Train our Brains for Happiness? I have enjoyed spending the past year studying for a Certificate in Positive Psychology, which has not only been very...

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Back to School Readiness Tips

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019

Going back to school is the time when families re-establish routines that have gone by the way side with summer schedules. Here are some suggestions that can help prepare you and your kids for the school year ahead.   Paper Trail Brace yourself, during the first few weeks of school your child will come home with dozens of forms and reminders in their backpacks. Tackle the paper with a filing system.   Start with a hanging file for each child. Labeled with their name. Activity folders. Create manila folders for each activity that your child is involved in. Any paper related to that...

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