A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing

I have a dirty little secret, and it’s called The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I love this show.  I’ve watched it since its first season and have never missed an episode.  People are always surprised when I tell them this, considering how my usual topics for discussion are finances, development, and growth.  Admittedly thisContinue reading “A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing”

How I Flipped the Script on My Fear

Here’s the thing about fear, it’s insidious.  It’s a weed that if not managed can quickly overrule your mind.  I know this, and because I know this I actively combat it.  In my life I have occasionally allowed fear to make my decisions for me, but more often I force myself to do what IContinue reading “How I Flipped the Script on My Fear”

Fasting Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth It

One day I walked over to a friend who was sipping a spicy smelling lemonade.  As a serious lemonade lover, of course I commented and she then told me it was the recipe found in the Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs.  Never having heard of the Master Cleanser or Burroughs before, she explained to meContinue reading “Fasting Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth It”

Formula to Improve Confidence

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a profound book that teaches you how to leverage your creative powers to manifest your goals. I’ve previously a summary of Hill’s review on leadership qualities.  As a third topic, I want to share his Confidence Formula.  He encourages people to memorize, and then regularly repeat it toContinue reading “Formula to Improve Confidence”

Bravery or Fear: You Can’t Know What Drives Other’s Decisions

In 2013 Angelina Jolie wrote an article about her medical decision to pursue a double mastectomy after she learned of her increased risks for breast and ovarian cancer because she inherited the BRCA1 gene mutation. Shortly after writing this story Melissa Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, explained in an interview that she felt Jolie’s decisionContinue reading “Bravery or Fear: You Can’t Know What Drives Other’s Decisions”

Why I’m Obsessed with Fixer Upper

Having committed to its fourth season after being introduced less than three years ago, it’s clear that Fixer Upper is a big success. I love catching it on marathon and letting it play in the background while I clean house, play with the kids and prepare food. I really enjoy this show and I’m notContinue reading “Why I’m Obsessed with Fixer Upper”

Listen to Your Inner Critic: It’s giving you tough love

As an advocate for positive thinking, I have spent a fair deal of time silencing my inner critic. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a remnant from my willful dismissal of the outrageous thoughts I had  while suffering from depression; and secondly, it’s a fearful reaction of wanting to shut down negativity before itContinue reading “Listen to Your Inner Critic: It’s giving you tough love”

Get a Side Hustle

My journey to abundance is taking all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It started with going underwater on my mortgage, took a detour into credit card and car loan territory, explored high end consumerism and then crossed into Ramsey land with the precise goal of getting debt free. I have also downsized my belongings,Continue reading “Get a Side Hustle”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The KonMarie method for decluttering your home was developed by Marie Kondo. She describes it succinctly on page 1 of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She writes, “Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go.” Next she makes the bold claim that if you take her approach, youContinue reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Delay Gratification: Lesson From Buying a Gucci Handbag

We live in an instant gratification society, and it’s ruining our value system. After making a purchase, I would enjoy the item thoroughly for a week or so and then become either dissatisfied or bored with it and consider what I should buy next. This was the case for small and large purchases. I approachedContinue reading “Delay Gratification: Lesson From Buying a Gucci Handbag”