Essential Luxuries

&nbsp Calendar pages flurry past our eyes, ruffling our lashes. Our one life races to its inevitable end, and each of us wants to make the most of it. Wisdom teaches us we can do anything but not everything, leaving us to choose what matters most. Food. Water. Shelter. Health. Survival…

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More for Your Organized 2016

We flapped like snow angels until winter melted into memory. We poured out sweet sentiments and gobbled them up. Now, only chocolate scents remain to haunt their empty ballotins. Sentimentals and chocoholics continue to huff the heart-shaped boxes and sigh. Green calendar pages feature this month's luck-promising ground cover. When the…

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Formulas for a Successful 2016

As February fades, we glance at past weeks in our rear view mirror. The passion we had at the year's dawn now shrinks in the distance. We gape at the road ahead. Such a long, winding trek looms between our place and those audacious goals. Doubt prickles the backs of our…

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2016, Your Organized Year

Ungiven certificates, stuffers never tucked into stockings, and other gifts hidden too well appear throughout the post-holiday season. We missed a few decorations when refilling the attic. Despite fervent shaking, the bulging junk drawers cannot hold one more replacement bulb. The chores we've put off loom together as one insurmountable task.…

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New Year's Blueprint: Upgrade your Resolutions

We wrap the refuse and clutter of 2015 in plastic bags, walking our burdens to the curb in wee-hour darkness. We clench our fists on the regretted junk. Questions swirl in our heads as the heavy load weighs on our weary bodies. How could we have avoided these losses? Did we…

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Yearning for More

The alarm buzzes. The clock glares a red set of digits, imploring you to start the day. You brush the same teeth, dress in one of your usual outfits, and hurry through breakfast--if you manage to get breakfast, that is. Whether reports, emails, or scrubbing vomit from the floor, tasks pounce…

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Book Review: The Circle Maker

Many of my recent blogs revolve around fulfillment, optimizing life, or success. I've recommended lifestyle upgrades and attitude adjustments to prepare the way. While these offer significant guidance, another resource eclipses their importance. A successful life's journey depends on walking with the Master of the road. Spirituality leaps outside the mainstream…

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Book Review: The Key to Everything

  From blaring pitches to mesmerizing jingles, ads crowd the media around us with promises of the secret to success. Cultivate your image. Worm your way into powerful company so your contacts will promote you. Develop innovative concepts. Build a tribe. Create million-dollar product launches, dynamic videos . . . Each boasts a blueprint for prosperity. Pitch men display spreadsheets of…

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Optimal ROI, Where You Least Expect

Solicitations flood my daily mail and web pages, each one insisting its urgency as a business investment. Every product and service, from educational institutions to fitness programs, claims a high return on investment, or ROI. I expect a return on some purchases, but have received disappointing results with many. Most expenditures of…

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