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July 2014

End Mindless Spending

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What is your greatest addiction? It doesn’t have to be something illegal or severe like drugs or alcohol. It could be small things that add up, like the thousands of dollars of shoes or those four trips to Starbucks a day. Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these things; little indulgences are one of life’s greatest pleasures. But when these small purchases and bigger splurges add up to financial trouble, that’s when things get tricky.

So what is it about spending that makes you feel so good? Why is swiping that credit card or the feel of money exchanging hands so exciting? Start thinking of your money – from your pay checks to your investments to your discretionary spending – as a cash flow that has energy. Your energy flows where your energy goes.

As your money flows from your bank account to your investments to savings to purchases to college funds, it also reflects where you are energetically. And not just in your life as a whole, but where you are in that moment of the day. Although it may not always seem like it, your energy at any given moment has an enormous impact on your spending. How often do you find yourself bored or upset or antsy and end up online shopping for hours to pass the time until you feel better? Probably more than you think. Read More

Bridge Mind & Body

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Is there anything more valuable than your health? Our well-being affects literally every other aspect of our lives in either a positive or negative way. From a simple cold to larger medical issues, our health is one of the biggest indicators of what’s going on in our lives emotionally. When our bodies begin to break down is when we realize what a quandary we’ve found ourselves to be in.  Yet we continue to do the same things that got us there in the first place. And we continue to hope that things will eventually turn around.

Sound familiar?

Getting caught in this vicious physical cycle wreaks havoc on our bodies. We lose energy. Our minds start to slow down, falling far short of their optimal performance levels. And our moods fluctuate from content and peaceful to unsettled. We start to question the things we’ve always known for sure. We start to doubt our selves. We lose sight of the good in our lives and focus on the things weighing us down.

That’s why this week I’d like to focus on your finances, your family and friends, or your work life, I want to delve deeper into your personal life.  That includes everything from spending time with your family to squeezing in a girls (or guys) weekend every now and again. But it also means taking care of yourself physically every single day. Read More

The Imperfect Journey

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Every journey is its own entity. Your journey won’t be the same as your best friend’s, your sister’s or your colleague’s. Unfortunately, that isn’t the way society sees it. We’re constantly pitted against each other, as if this life is a contest and our friends are our competitors. That couldn’t be further from the truth. So that’s why this week I want to focus on how you view your journey. I want you start embracing it as an imperfect journey that may be filled with bumps along the way, but it is beautifully bent and never broken beyond repair.

First, lets rewrite the script you have written in your head about yourself who you should be. You know what I’m talking about. How you should be further along in your career. Or 15 pounds lighter. And have a better marriage. Or different friends.

Take a moment and think about the negative things you tell yourself about where you are in your journey and how it isn’t…enough. Write those things down, and look at that list. Now take a moment and consider this: how has rehashing these negative words and phrases affected your life? Has it encouraged you to make positive steps towards change or has it left you in a funk you can’t shake? After you’re done answering those questions for yourself, rip that paper up and throw it away. You are finished with the negativity! Read More