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Standing Out in a Tough Economy

Are you trying to get noticed and advance your career in this difficult economy? You’re going to need a strategy. S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you here. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic and Time-bound. Specific answers the questions what, why and how?  Identify what it is that you need to accomplish. Outline...

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5 Facebook Fights in Marriage
5 Facebook Fights in Marriage

Kids. Sex. Money. According to therapists, these are the most common topics married couples argue about.  After recently talking with a number of counselors and clergy about common marriage problems they’re dealing with, Facebook should be added to that list.  In fact, Facebook is one of the most popular relationship conflicts for today’s married...

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Finding Financial Balance
Finding Financial Balance

It is often said that balance is the key to happiness. Financial balance is an important part of a balanced life. Life can sometimes be like the balance scales our grandmothers used years ago with many different aspects of our beings coming together to balance and form the people that we are. We work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with...

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How to Cope When You Lose Your Job
How to Cope When You Lose Your Job

“Out of work”  doesn’t mean out of hope. No matter how much you anticipated it or how many of your colleagues find themselves in the same situation, losing your job due to downsizing, restructuring or any other reason can be a shattering experience. In fact, psychologists agree that sudden unemployment is as emotionally stressful as divorce...

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Being Generous When Times Are Tough
Being Generous When Times Are Tough

In difficult economic times like these, it’s natural to search for ways to cut expenses and reduce the pressure on your family income. Among the many ways to lower expenses, the easiest may seem to stop making donations to your favorite charities. If we truly believe in what these organizations are doing, discontinuing our financial support means...

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Would You Say No if a Guy Asked to Marry Your Daughter?
Would You Say No if a Guy Asked to Marry Your Daughter?

It would turn out to be another fateful day.  We were all together as a family with friends at a Mountain Lodge and I took a break from all the activity to relax and read in my room. That's where my daughter's boyfriend, Dan, found me and that began the fateful part of the day. He asked if we could talk so I set my book aside to see what pearls...

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10 Great Reasons to Eat Dinner as a Family
10 Great Reasons to Eat Dinner as a Family

I have my meals planned this week. But rather than posting my plan (it's just pasta Monday, fish Tuesday, meatless on Wednesday, frozen leftovers on Thursday), I thought I'd post my rationale for eating together.  When I was out walking recently, my daughter Katie said to me, "You know what I like about our family, Mommy? We eat together. It's...

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Plan ahead for “April Showers”
Plan ahead for “April Showers”

As we move through life, each new stage brings its share of joy and challenge. Just as April showers bring May flowers, it is often only after hard work, perseverance and planning that we see the benefit of our efforts. Planning for your financial future is no different.  Saving and planning can be incredibly beneficial when you are faced with...

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