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Why I Live-Tweeted My Daughter’s Birth

A funny thing happened on the fourth of April. I woke up, pregnant, and had a good day. Some work, some play, some rest. In close to a month I’d be having a baby, and I was settling into that stretch of pregnancy where you are uncomfortably large and eager for it all to be behind you. At night, I went to bed. A few hours later, I woke up to find that my water had broken. Since I didn’t really know what that meant, I had to Google to see if … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that amazing at it. But it does mean I read endlessly about the topic;) Erik's new book has an interesting take on theme, and definitely worth a good … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that … [Continue...]

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How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're … [Continue...]

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Great Meditation Apps to Help You Be More Mindful

I'm a mindfulness junkie. And by junkie I mean that because I'm not a naturally mindful person, I surround myself with mindfulness-related things (books, blogs, conferences, apps) in order to encourage myself in a direction I'm not otherwise inclined to lean. If you've ever wanted to be more … [Continue...]

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Do You Need to Rest?

We’ve all felt it. The overburdened overwork of a life gone mad. The week where everything and the cat got away from you, and all the kids and all the work and all the papers went out the window screaming and crying and huffing and puffing and making you blue in the face with the force of it … [Continue...]

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How to Be More Grateful in Five Daily Steps

Every day, I think about gratitude and about how I should try to be more grateful in my life. And every day, it’s a struggle. When there are so many reasons to want more in our lives, it’s hard to be happy for what we already have. Here are five ways to help you do just that — be happy for what … [Continue...]

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Are You Working too Hard?

In the days of Sheryl Sandberg — when we’re all supposed to Lean In and lean in hard — it’s easy to end up a haggard, harried workaholic in the process. Increasingly, more and more men and women report working too hard and forgetting their lives in the process. Are you working too hard? Do you … [Continue...]

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How to Reduce Stress in a Few Simple Steps

Stress. We all have it, and we all want to get rid of it. Luckily, we can. Every day, you can take a few key steps in your life to rid yourself of the stress that all too often falls on your shoulders. Here are five ways to get rid of — or at least reduce — the stress you face. Immerse … [Continue...]

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What Was the Best Thing You Did Today?

Until tomorrow, get all 10 of my ebooks for just $13. Woot! The concept of evaluating your days is not new. I've talked about it in regards to my morning routine, and most productivity gurus tout its wisdom. It works because it makes sense. If we don't have a goal, we'll never get where we … [Continue...]

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5 Secrets to Becoming a Success

Until tomorrow, get all 10 of my ebooks for just $13. Woot! This is a guest post by Emily Wierenga. Emily gave me an early copy of her memoir, Atlas Girl, and I loved it! She's giving away 2 copies -- just leave a comment on this post to enter;)  I’ve always wanted to be famous. We were … [Continue...]