Why you don’t need this kind of credit card stress

Let’s talk about credit cards and stress. I only carry one credit card for a bunch of reasons, and one of them is that I don’t want the stress of having more than one card. (If you need to carry a separate card for business, that’s different. I’m talking about personal cards.) But recently, I was in a store and I’m embarrassed to say that I let the clerk talk me into saving a bunch of money on my purchase by opening a store credit card. I knew I was doing something stupid as soon as I agreed to this, but I thought, well, the card will let me save 10 percent on all of my purchases, and I shop here a lot, so I rationalized why it was OK. But it wasn’t OK. I’m sharing this with you because if you want to simplify your life, you have to […]

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Essential oils work! Tap into their power for allergies, bugs and sun

By Norelle Done I am in love with essential oils. Not just because the smells make me swoon (which is true), but because they are actually surprisingly effective. Who knew? I’ve been learning more and more about them, and slowly building up my own little medicine chest of essential oils. There are oils for every reason and every season, but since we’re heading into summer right now, I want to share a few of my favorites that you can start using right now. Reducing Allergy Symptoms Did you know that mixing some key essential oils together can significantly reduce allergy symptoms? Dab your mix on the back of your neck, behind your ears or on the bottoms of your feet to alleviate symptoms so that you can breathe easier. For the classic Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint Blend, mix together a 7-7-6 drop ratio (7 drops each of Lavender and Lemon, plus 6 drops […]

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How Susan Merrill got to the bottom of her anxiety and depression

Susan Merrill had the perfect life on the outside – intact, midwest family growing up, straight-A student, married Mr. Wonderful right out of college, and a perfect job. But she was depressed and anxious. “My awakening started when I had my son,” she says. “I started to realize that here was this human being I brought into the world and in so many ways, I had been faking my life. I wasn’t that in love with my husband, I didn’t really like my job, but I was being what the American dream is – good job with benefits, marriage, buying a home in California – yet it was all kind of false. “It was the love for my son that made me realize I didn’t want to pretend any more. I wanted a more authentic life. I had no idea what that meant, but I knew at some level I […]

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Six simple ways to reduce anxiety and manage stress

By Norelle Done I run a business with my husband, and it gets really stressful sometimes. We’re a bootstrapped startup, employing 23 young professionals. Sometimes their individual stress levels and drama brings in a whole new element of management that I often don’t have the bandwidth to handle. Sometimes our clients can be challenging, too. As our business has grown, I noticed that my stress started affecting my health in significant ways, including having real panic attacks when checks haven’t come in on time. I knew it was time to learn how to manage my stress before I got serious health problems. If you’re in the same boat, please keep reading. Stress is bad news for your body I started with some research. First, I found a few scary stats on stress: Stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40 percent, heart attack by 25 percent, and the risk […]

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