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10 Creative Gifts for Your Valentine

Candy and flowers make nice Valentine’s Day gifts the first year or two a couple is together, but after a while, this routine gets a bit old. Maybe you can’t afford to buy your special Valentine a yacht or a trip to Hawaii, but you can use your imagination to delight your honey with something that shows how much you care. Why not surprise your sweetheart with a gift that’s as unique as your relationship? Take a weekend getaway.Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, making this a great time for a weekend trip. You may not be able to pull together a major jaunt at the last minute, so keep it simple. Don’t try to pack too much into a small amount of […]

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10 First Date Tips for the Modern Gentleman

Courting a lady isn’t as straight forward as it used to be. Back in the day, dating etiquette was well-established and everybody played by the same rules. Men would open doors for women, help them with their coats, and have them home by nine. Couples would go to the soda shop for the first date, to the drive in for the second, up to “old make out point” for the third, and would most likely be getting married on the fourth.     The rules of the road have changed. Somewhere between Say Anything, and MTV’s Next bus, we throw out the rulebook completely and just started winging it. Our individual quests for love and sex have become as varied and strange as life itself. […]

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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in My First 30 Years

Many people cringe as they approach the age of 30. For some reason, these milestones tend to get people thinking: Am I old? What should I have done differently? Am I really happy with this person I married? Second guessing is normal and I don’t have to remind you of the 20/20 hindsight rule. However, as I approach 30, I’m taking a different tact. I am viewing age as a positive simply because I have learned a ton of lessons that not only help define me, but will make future years enormously successful – emotionally, professionally, and socially. Often times we don’t realize how powerful our lives can be until we reflect and share our experiences. That is why I took some time to write […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work That Could Save Your Life

Let’s face it.  Many of us have felt the miserable feeling that stress and tension related to our jobs can cause on a daily basis.  Aside from feeling bad from a mental perspective there are serious health issues that can develop if you don’t do something and make some changes to reduce your stress levels. Stress and work are like two peas in a pod.  They go together well, and because of this, many people dread waking up every morning.  Stress is not something to take lightly.  You could say that it’s a fact of life, but having too much stress could lead to some major health problems down the line. Rather than waking up every morning and feeling the wave of stress and tension […]

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11 Simple Ways to Fall in Love With Yourself

Whenever we think of falling in love we always imagine another person involved. It even feels awkward to utter the phrase “I’m starting to fall in love with myself”. Try it on for size and I bet it’ll feel like shirt that’s too small, something about it just doesn’t feel right. We’ve all reached the point of needing to love ourselves more. Maybe the thought arose after you’ve been taking care of another person for too long, or maybe you’re just burnt out and need to pour some energy back into yourself. You’re feeling drained, wiped, out of touch and something just feels a little off. Sometimes a little love is all you need. A dash of that feeling has the potential to take on […]

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12 Proven Ways to Make Friends at Work (Without Emptying Your Wallet)

You’re stuck eating lunch by yourself again. Perhaps this is exactly what you wanted. Or perhaps, you secretly wish you could join your colleagues each time they gather at that fancy restaurant nearby. They must be having a great time. If only that place wasn’t so expensive! So you’re here all by yourself. The office feels like one giant, empty place. While you slowly eat your food in silence, you start to wonder what your coworkers may be saying about you. Perhaps they are gossiping about how poor you are because you don’t eat out like they do. Or maybe they are starting to think you’re anti-social. Worse of all, maybe they are not even talking about you. You just don’t really exist anymore in […]

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12 Things Not to Do at the Office Christmas Party

One of the most hazardous driving days of the year is the Friday before Christmas, because that’s when many companies take part in that yearly tradition known as the Office Christmas Party. While this should be an occasion for enjoying the company of your co-workers, too often the office party turns into an embarrassment that haunts some employees well into the next year. Here are some common gaffes to avoid. Don’t get drunk.This is the number one mistake that tends to be at the root of all other mistakes. Drinking too much can lower your inhibitions and make you do things you’d never do sober. Before the party begins, resolve to have no more than two alcoholic drinks all evening, even if there’s an open […]

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12 Ways To Build Your Business While Keeping Your Family First

Trying to raise a family the best way you know how is really hard work. It takes a lifetime of loving, understanding, forgiving, supporting, and caring; and there’s no real guarantee of anything. Building a business is also incredibly hard work. It takes hours and hours of planning, stressing, working, reevaluating, fear squashing, and focus; (once again) there’s no real guarantee of anything. So when you mix the two extremes into your life, there’s bound to be complications and a tendency to let one fall away while you nurture the other. Unfortunately, It’s usually the family that gets pushed aside (unintentionally). Here’s 12 ways to strengthen your family while growing your business. Plan your business around your family This little piece of advice was given […]

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14 Ways to Expand Your Influence

Before we try to expand it, we need to first define it. What is influence? What does it mean to you? Dictionary.com says influence is: (Noun) The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others. (Verb) To move or impel (a person) to some action. Bestselling author John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” If Leadership is influence then the reverse must also be true, influence is leadership. Or is it? I’d add influence is only leadership when that influence is leading someone towards a positive destination or outcome. After all, influence can go two ways. It can be positive or it can be negative. It […]

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20 Questions to Know Yourself Better and Unlock the Immense Potential Within

“Know Thyself” All of us have heard this aphorism. Most of us acknowledge that unless you know yourself first, you really can’t achieve much in life. We also realize that we each have immense potential to create amazing things and find lasting happiness. And yet…. Most of us don’t even scratch the surface of knowing who we really are, let alone figuring out what we have the potential to become. We are so confused that we keep oscillating between overconfidence and low self-esteem. One minute we are filled with a definite purpose for life and the next we are completely desolate. How can anyone hope to find lasting happiness in this state? In my quest for clarity, purpose and self growth, I’ve come to realize […]

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