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New Year’s Resolutions Busted? Shift Your Mindset for Success

Did you make up your mind that this was going to be the year you achieved all of your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are still committed to those goals, you have a reason to celebrate! Results from a University of Scranton study show that almost 50 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of March. And less than 10 percent of people actually meet their goals. Maybe we should just enjoy our New Year’s celebrations and skip making resolutions in the first place? Follow-up research revealed that after six months, people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to keep them over those who skipped the resolutions and still attempted some kind of change. That’s a great reason not to give up on those resolutions just yet! Resolutions help us focus on improving key areas of our lives. It probably doesn’t surprise you that…

The 6 Best Strategies for Saving Money on Flights

Flying opens up a world of travel opportunities. You don’t have to be rich to enjoy a great vacation and adventure on a budget. But, if you’re paying too much for plane tickets, your budget could end up sky-high.   Are you looking to travel more and save money while doing it? If the answer is yes, then these ideas below are for you. Time Your Travel Last minute plane tickets cost more than ones booked about two months in advance. Flights the day before Christmas and Thanksgiving are some of the most expensive of the year. Traveling during offseasons in the spring and fall can also lead to great deals. Just be sure to miss Spring Break or you won’t get a bargain price. If you don’t have kids in school, use the flexibility of your vacation days to travel in the offseason. After offseason Spring and Fall trips…

6 Steps to Achieve Anything on Your Bucket List

Lean in closer, as I would like to introduce you to something that’s a good friend to millions of people from around the globe. The List. Also referred to as The “Stuff I Want to Do Before I Die.” A life list. Most call it a bucket list. What’s on The List? The short answer is: whatever your heart desires. Want to be trilingual? Published in an international magazine? Jump from the side of a cliff? Fly a plane? Shake the President of Canada’s hand? Visit every continent on the planet? Visit outer-space? Eat local for 6 months? Own your own business? Sing jazz in a club or do stand-up comedy? Graduate from law school? Adopt a child? Be debt-free? The best part of the bucket list is that it’s completely up to you. It’s unique to each person. People all over the world use the bucket list as a…

5 Ways to Show your Love for Less This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air because it’s almost Valentine’s Day. For that special someone you want to treat this year, don’t wait until the last minute. Just a little bit of planning and creativity can help make this Valentine’s Day extra memorable without breaking the bank. Did you know Americans spent close to $20 billion for Valentine’s Day last year? That’s a lot of flowers and chocolates.  Men spent almost twice as much as women, averaging close to $196 on gifts versus a $100 by women. Those between the ages of 25-34 were the most active spenders on Valentine’s Day, followed by young lovebirds aged 18-24. Flowers were the most popular purchase made by men, while women spent the most money on greeting cards and candy.[1] To help get your Valentine’s Day planning off to a great start, here are some sweet and sentimental Valentine’s gift ideas for couples at…

Are You Spoiling Your Kids?

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. You do everything you can to raise your kids with manners, discipline, and good values, but they wind up spoiled rotten. The truth is, many parents end up spoiling their children without even knowing it – especially in households where both parents work. When you have limited time and energy for your kids, it’s easy to slip into a pattern of giving in to their every demand, whine and tantrum. But while saying yes to avoid their outbursts – or to appease your guilt for not spending more time with them – may be a quick fix, it can prevent them from learning crucial life lessons such as empathy and how to cope with disappointment. Here are five signs you may be spoiling your kids, along with tips for getting them back on the right track. You Never Say No When you indulge each and…

5 Tips for Improving Work Life Balance

A good work ethic is not only important, it’s vital. Always doing your best and having a positive, proactive attitude will take you far in the workplace, and nothing reinforces a healthy sense of self-worth like a job well done. But with smartphones facilitating around-the-clock accessibility, office hours are starting to extend well past the traditional nine to five, and finding work-life balance is becoming more difficult. While putting in extra hours here and there is inevitable, devoting too much time to work can lead to exhaustion, reduced productivity and compromised job performance. It can also lead to feelings of resentment and neglect on the parts of our families and those closest to us. These five tips can help you strike a balance between your work and your personal life – no matter how busy you are! Prioritize There are only so many hours in a day. To ensure you…

How To Be a Successful Person Without Talent

Now more than ever, we are conditioned to believe talent is what it takes to succeed. From athletes and artists to technology titans, doctors and politicians, we are constantly inundated with profiles of uniquely successful people who have risen to the top of their respective fields because of one thing: their talent. While talent certainly comes in handy, it’s far from required when it comes to succeeding in business or in life. Whether you seek success in work, relationships, finances or other aspects of your life, it is said that hard work beats talent. These 10 habits require no talent and can take you farther than talent alone ever could in becoming a successful person. Be on Time If you can’t be early, at least be on time. Tardiness is a sign of disrespect to anyone who’s counting on you and can be a deal-breaker when meeting people for the…

5 Ways to Look and Feel Better in the New Year

Every January, you get the chance to start fresh with a new year and a new you. Statistics show that those who consciously make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve them than people who don’t, so take the time to write them down or talk about them with those closest to you.To kick-start your efforts, here are five ways to make your life better in 2016. Get Healthy This year, resolve to replace your fat pants and cigarettes with a plan to get (and stay) healthy in 2016. Start with a pledge to achieve a healthy weight. According to Shape Magazine, you’ll be more likely to keep accurate calorie if you have someone else do the counting, so recruit a weight loss buddy and resolve to hold each other accountable. Next, pledge to toss your smokes. According to The American Cancer Society, smoking is the largest…

The Financial Case for Gratitude

Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the gifts we’re blessed with: health, family, food on the table, a career, a home…the list goes on and on. But what you may not realize is that being thankful can actually make a positive impact on your financial situation. When it comes to our finances, many of us have a tendency to “compare and despair” – meaning we obsess about what we don’t have, and beat up on ourselves for not having as much as our family members, neighbors or friends. But a daily practice of being thankful for all you do have has been proven to stave off overspending and help you save. Here are four ways that adopting an attitude of gratitude can help you build wealth. You’ll Stop Comparing Yourself to the Joneses or the Kardashians It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking…

5 Tips to Help Prevent Diabetes

While most of us associate November with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it also happens to be National Diabetes Month. In addition to significantly increase one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes is the number one cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults. As the seventh leading cause of death in the US, the disease is responsible for almost 70,000 deaths each year – and contributing to thousands more. In 2012, the American Diabetes Association reported over 29 million cases of diabetes in the US. Given that the number of diabetics increased by nearly 4 million between 2010 and 2012, chances are that number is now well over 32 million. To make matters worse, having diabetes can negatively impact your chances of qualifying for a life insurance policy – or drive your rates sky-high. While type 1 diabetes is usually an inherited condition that appears in childhood, type 2 diabetes –…

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