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Discover the barriers to your best life and knock them down…

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Finally, after all these years, I have a consistent exercise routine. It weighed on me, literally and figuratively, for too long. I knew that if I worked out, I would look better, feel better, think better and move better. Despite the many benefits of exercise, and the consequences of inaction, I made minimal progress year after year.

Why was change so difficult?

I started out well enough. …

Do This Instead

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Have you written a letter to your younger self? My hats off to you.

I’ve started and stopped such letters more than I care to admit. For reasons, I wish were not true of me.

I gave up writing to my 15-year-old self because that girl knew it all. She would not have listened.

I gave up writing to my 20-year-old self, too. That young woman recognized that she didn’t know everything. But between college, two jobs, volunteer work, and complicated relationships, she would have been too exhausted to catch those pearls of wisdom.

I gave up…

Chalkboard one-line poem prompt for April 1st, 2020

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If this dream be a
house of cards
send a forceful wind…
but send it tomorrow

Your Turn

THEME: Delusion

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You’ve got multiple side projects, here’s how to get things done

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“Count yourself blessed if you have something you love to do, but you rarely do it because you’re too busy doing something else you love even more.” ― Josh Steimle

If I’m hearing things correctly, most of us are obsessed with time management. We crave productivity hacks that will help us get the most out of each day.

We have jobs, families, responsibilities, and our pesky need for sleep, which all require our attention. …

a Haiku for sisters and brothers

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Brother is hurried
Sister cups dandelions
Keeper of wishes

I witnessed this sweet exchange a few days ago. Before he can grab a dandelion, a little brother is hurried to the car by a parent. A determined big sister quickly grabs a few dandelions. She races to the car just in time for her brother to blow the dandelion and make a wish.

I wonder what he wished for.

Did you know that the dandelion appears as both a bright yellow flower and a white puffy flower? Be honest.

Three strategies to help you benefit from distractions

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“What you stay focused on will grow.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) gets more press than it deserves. After all, it is just one of the many poor habits that decrease our productivity while increasing our dissatisfaction.

My guess is that SOS gets a lot of attention because so many of us suffer from it. We’ve got a goal, project or plan in the works. But something better, seemingly easier or otherwise more appealing grabs our attention.

Before you jump ship. Before you give chase. Before you beat your self up for your own flakiness. …

If this motivational trick has lost its impact, there is another way.

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Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” In fewer, but related words, E. E. Cummings said, “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.”

Their sentiment is clear. Be alive while you are still alive.

Unfortunately, many of us approach life like a robot. We rise, ready, eat, work, binge-watch, sleep and repeat. We have little thought of where the monotony will lead. Passion has escaped our lives without our notice.

It is…

Nicole Alinea

Freelance writer and sucker for personal development content, documentaries and seasoned pretzels.

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