5 Ways to Increase Your Income in 2019

If you’re looking to increase your income in the new year, the first thing you must face is that it will require work. In this context work can mean starting a new side gig, learning new skills, or even making some adjustments to your current financial situation. You will need to be honest with yourself about what you are willing to do to get the extra money you desire. Once you have accepted that fact you are one step closer…

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Why It’s a Terrible Idea to Put your Resolutions on Hold

The idea of a brand new year and a fresh start can be hopeful and exciting. I used to think about my new year’s resolutions months in advance, dreaming about the changes I would make and the new and improved version of me. I did way more dreaming than actual changing though. Over the last ten years I took a new approach and have changed everything about my life. I changed what I ate, what I owned, what I owed,…

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3 Tips for Staying Positive on Your Wellness Journey

When you set out to get healthier by changing your diet and incorporating more exercise into your life, it can sometimes feel like too much of a challenge. This can ring especially true during the holiday season when there are tempting treats and festive meals everywhere, and the snow and cold are making it especially difficult to leave your house … or nice, warm bed for that matter. But even outside of the holiday season, it can be difficult to…

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Walking the Walk of a Minimalist Lifestyle with Muddy Boots

You know those magazines where they show houses that are have just one or maybe two pieces of furniture in an empty room? It’s a lifestyle thing – minimalism. Having less and less things in your house is becoming more and more popular.I’ve always wanted to be a minimalist. And now I’ve achieved it! Our newly renovated flat is ready for us and aside from the built-in kitchen and bathroom, we only have four items of furniture: a standing desk/table,…

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31 Days of Gifts You so Deserve: for more calm, comfort and joy

Announcing 31 Days of Gifts You So Deserve has been my cue to kick off the holiday season for the last six years. It’s become something I look forward to every year and based on the emails I start receiving in July, I know many of you do too. This year, I’ll be sharing a few of the all-time favorite gifts from the past few years along with new gifts, and special messages from me. What is 31 Days of Gifts?…

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Tea coasters as India souvenirs and cool gift ideas

Tegestology – The word sounds like a tongue twister. What it means is a practice of collecting beermats or coasters. For most of us, coasters are insignificant little pieces that we tuck under our glass or coffee mug, but a set of people, called tegestologists look upon these as collectable items. Coasters or beermats, as they are popularly known, first found use in the German, British, Irish and other European pubs in the late 19th century. Flipping coasters in the…

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Terminal Illness: Finding Ways to Self-Care During Your Final Months

My father-in-law died on my partner’s birthday. It wasn’t a sad thing; it was a blessing. My partner said it felt like a final gift from his dad — knowing he was no longer suffering. He was finally at peace. He had been battling cancer for over three years and had been dying from it for over three months. As hard as it was to accept his death, it was harder watching him struggle through those last few months. He…

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Simplify Gratitude (a short and sweet guide to saying thank you)

It’s hard to complain when you are expressing thanks. Gratitude overrides self-pity, FOMO (fear of missing out) and other feelings of lack or not enoughness. Sometimes though, in the chaos of life, we don’t put our gratitude into action and gratitude in action is powerful. It lifts you and everyone around you. Like most things, if we don’t keep it simple, our thanks can get lost in the shuffle. Here are a few really simple recommendations in this short and sweet…

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How to Use Journaling to Enter a Meditative State

Writing is an incredibly meditative state. You don’t believe it? Let’s discuss a quote by Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Writing is nothing but a mere expression of the things you carry inside. Meditation helps you discover those things. Meditation is the method, and writing is the expression. But what happens when writing becomes the method and the expression at the same time? The Journaling Method So what’s…

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Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Support Mission-Driven Companies

Triple bottom line companies—ones that are good for people, good for the planet, and financially lucrative—clearly aren’t going anywhere, but they’re evolving with changing times. Take Burt’s Bees, a brand that has championed an unlikely hero, the honey bee, for the past 30 years. As bee populations around the world continue to plummet as a result of a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), Burt’s is only becoming more vocal about its growing conservation efforts. Last year, the…

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Presence Before Presents (and maybe a few gifts too)

When I decided to simplify my life and reduce my belongings, I made an exception. I quietly told myself that holidays wouldn’t count. I wasn’t going to be one of those bah-humbug minimalists who didn’t exchange gifts. Slowly though, year after year, I wanted less … fewer gifts for me, less time shopping for the perfect presents, and definitely less stuff left over when the holidays were through. And, year after year, I wanted more too. I wanted more time…

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A Soulful Simplicity Celebration – Be More with Less

Last December, I released my book, Soulful Simplicity. I hope you’ll celebrate the one year anniversary a little early with me. The book came out on December 26th and I’m sure those of you with birthdays or special occasions that fall on the day after Christmas will understand why I’m celebrating now. The book has sold tens of thousands of copies over the last year. It has 136 five-star reviews on Amazon and more importantly, I hear from people almost…

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Veganism Is About Power, Not Animals

Having been a consumer of animal products and a non-consumer for more than 20 years on each path, I’ve experienced both paths from the inside for significant lengths of time. I think it’s easier to make the choice by comparing each perspective experientially. I went vegan by deciding to try it for a month to see what it was like. I like encouraging people to try different lifestyle experiments in a similar fashion. Choose from a place of knowing, not…

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Suffer From Digestive Issues? You Need to Try Yoga.

Some yogis practice for the occasional stretch or workout, maybe even a simple centering. However, for many of us, yoga is a lifestyle and a crucial a part of our routine, whether we practice every day or not. The Bhagavad Gita calls yoga “Yogah Karmasu Kaushalem,” meaning perfection, or skill, or action. It is a focus on constant vigilance tailored towards awareness and efficiency. A good lifestyle is one that enhances, and at its core is our diet. We say ‘you…

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Make Your Bed Feel Extra Cozy With These 8 Products

6. Reminders of people (or pets!) you love. Placing a reminder of someone or something you love right across from your bed basically guarantees that you wake up in a good mood every morning. It can be a photograph from a family trip, a dreamy landscape, or an ode to a furry friend. When you’re hanging yours, take a cue from feng shui design philosophy and place it a little higher on the wall than you think you need to.…

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New Year, New You: 7 Steps to Reset Your Life

Believe it or not, we all sometimes wish that life should give us a reset button so that we can start anew. Why not take an opportunity and make your life better? After all, New Year can be the perfect time for new beginnings. With new goals, new resolutions and better commitments it’s time to leave your dissatisfaction and reset your life. Here are our best tips on how to make a positive change in your life this year. 1.…

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