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How to Store Your Special Summer Stuff

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Summer is on its way out, but you can still relive those special memories from your summer vacation, family visits and memories. You can tuck your keepsakes away for later, or you can show them off, making a conversation piece and telling your story with the level of excitement that makes it sound like you just came back yesterday!

There are many options for organizing your summer memories:

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Red/White/Black Check Square Foldable Ottoman/ Storage Box/ Seat

Red/White/Black Check Square Foldable Ottoman/ Storage Box/ Seat

Store your the items that make those vacation memories so special. The trophy you received when you and your hubby won the salsa contest on the cruise ship.

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Cool Fall Home Fashion

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Yep… believe it or not, it’s that time of year already… Fall season planning! While all the clothing companies have already released their fall fashion lines, I’m not that eager to think about cooler temps and leaves falling, just yet. But, I have eyed a few accents with creative designs and cool colors.I thought you might like:

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Peony Blossom Jacquard Weave Throw Blanket

Peony Blossom Jacquard Weave Throw Blanket

While sitting in your living or family room, curled up on the sofa, finishing up that juicy romance novel, this large, beautiful and soft throw blanket will keep you warm during those chilly Fall nights.

We have many throw blankets to choose from, for you and the entire family.

Visit our online store today, and see which gorgeous pattern fits you best.

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Lights That Will Spice Up Your Life

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There are lights, then there are lights, right? We all have the grandmother or aunt who have the contemporary lamps next to the couch, on the end tables. They usually sit on a black, brown or beige stand, with a matching lampshade, right? Or maybe the lampshade has a floral design on it.

Well, welcome to the new age of lamps! These days, it’s ok to be a lot more creative, inside and out. So, we speak our minds, dress in what we like, and raise out kids to do the same. Shouldn’t you dress your home with the same sense of creativity and style that inspires you to “dare to be different“?

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Here a few lighting ideas that will feed your appetite for something different:

Elegant Designs Pearl Black Three Tier Table Lamp

Elegant Design Pearl Black Metal Three Tier Ball Table Lamp

This table lamp features three tiers of balls and a pearl black finish. It is completed with a black cloth lampshade.

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Blossom In Your Bedroom!

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When you wake up, before you actually get up, do you feel like a sunflower or rose coming alive and blooming?! Do you stretch out your arms like your reaching for the sun, just like a budding flower? If you answered, “Yes“… WONDERFUL! But, if you answered “No,” why not? Hopefully we can help you with that 🙂

Each day, we wake up, should be a fresh, new day for us to blossom! It would be great if we could experience this feeling each and every day, right? Unfortunately, we all do have our not-so-great mornings The good news is that we can dress up our bedroom to help ensure that we wake up to the picture-perfect bedroom that encourages and inspires us, when we rise and shine.

Does your bedroom decor give you a spark of energy? Depending on your personality, you may be uplifted by bright colors, or maybe darker surroundings. Today, we’re going to give you a couple of ideas for how you can blossom in your bedroom, by adding a touch of flower to your current bedroom decor.

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Kids Love Comfort Too!

We know our kids and grandchildren love to play, but when they’re in “chill mode”, they like to be comfortable too, right? This week’s blog post was inspired by my grandson, Elijah. He’s 5 years old and loves to do everything his Daddy does. So, when it comes time for my son, Andre, to get some work done on his laptop, Andre gets on the family room floor, and starts tapping away.

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Elijah, on the other hand, will not get on the floor without his favorite throw blanket. He grabs my Android Galaxy tablet, and pulls up his ABC Mouse app. After about half an hour, Elijah adds a pillow to prop his head up. Well, of course, about 20 minutes later, Elijah is knocked out, asleep, next to his Daddy. Yep… he makes his space quite comfortable 🙂

Well, your child likes to be comfortable, too, right? Here are a couple of ideas that you might want to consider adding to your little one’s space, so they can be comfortable, just like Mom or Dad.

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How To Color You Blue

This week is all about the color blue. Last week we talked about the color red, but that’s because red is my favorite color, along with many other people’s. Well, it’s only fair that we cover the color blue today. After all, it is the #1 favorite color.

If blue is your favorite color, here are a few of the personality traits the experts say you probably possess:

  • Reliable
  • Conservative
  • Trustworthy
  • Genuine
  • Sincere…

… just to name a few. Hmm.. now I’m wondering if the #1 favorite color really is blue, or if people just like the personality traits associated with it! Lol Well, I know I possess all of those personality traits, but I like what I like… and I like RED!

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But, I do love some nice blue pieces of home decor accents, like throw pillows for the family room, a comforter set to add a calming effect to the bedroom and a couple of  lamps to add a splash of color to the living room.

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Goal Setting Overwhelm Overload Busted!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of planning and working toward your short termmid term and long term goals? Or are you thinking, “What should my goals be?” No worries! This is a very common question many of us have asked ourselves time and time again. It’s like you know you need a change… some type of change… but what? Truth is, because it’s so easy to “keep on keeping on”, we often get comfortable and settle for “good enough” because it’s not that bad, right?

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If the idea of steering your life in a new direction is so overwhelming that you don’t make any type of change…PLEASE SHAKE THAT UNCERTAINTY OFF! Let’s take this goal setting thing one baby step at a time, ok? I want you to look at your long-term goals (remember, this could be a 5-10 year goal), and break that goal down into many mini-goals, if you will. This is how your short term and mid-term goals are developed. Here’s an example I want you to follow. We’ll use a fake person named Sue:

In 5 years Sue decided she wants to be a self-employed Life Coach. She feels she has the people skills needed to be a really good Life Coach who can help others weave through the road blocks that are stopping them from making progress toward achieving their goals and dreams.

Sue works a full time job, and is a single mother of 3 children, so her schedule is pretty tight, only allowing her, maybe, 10 hours each week to work toward her goal of becoming a Life Coach.

Sue’s first list of short term goals are:

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The Character Challenge: Week 3

The Character Challenge: Week 3 is the final in a series of blog posts designed to help you identify the areas of your person that you need to work on improving. The Character Challenge: Week 2 received such a great response! I am so glad to see you take the first step in working to bring out the better you 🙂

If you haven’t already, please go back to the beginning of this challenge and get caught up. Remember that writing down your goals is key! So, answer the three questions in the comments section at the bottom of each blog post. If you want to keep your response just between us, don’t hesitate to email me. I’m here to help, not judge you 🙂 

Click on the links below to get caught up on The Character Challenge:

1. The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

2. The Character Challenge: Week 1

3. The Character Challenge: Week 2

Remember, the goal is to go deep into each character trait you want to work on, and create a plan of action to start turning that negative into a positive. As always, you can refer to the blog post series I wrote on goal setting, and/ or contact me for help with setting your goals:

  1. Life Transformation – Setting a Pre-Goal Setting Mindset
  2. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Short Term Goals
  3. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Mid Term Goals
  4. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Long Term Goals
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Now, on to this week’s list of character traits for you to choose from: 

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The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

This introduction to the 3-part Character Challenge isn’t about the type of challenge that will dare you to do something that can hurt you, in any way. Instead, this will actually challenge you to take a good look at the type of character you are, and to see how you can improve upon at least one aspect of your being. You’re probably a great person to yourself and others, but there’s always a way to bring out the better you. You know my motto: Live and love your life! 

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There are dozens of character traits that make up our being, but I’m going to cover just a few of the most common character traits that people often struggle with, when working on their personal development. In this 3-part series, I’m going to cover the following 18 character traits:

Part 1:

  • Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  • Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  • Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  • Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
  • Dependability – Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
  • Determination – Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.

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8 Changes That Will Boost Your Personal Development Success

So you realize that it’s never too late to start working on your personal development goals. New Year’s Resolutions don’t just start on January 1st. They can be planned and started on any given day of the year! Would you agree that any personal or professional goals you plan to achieve, must start with your mental attitude? Yep! You have to work on them from the mind down. Like the saying goes, “Lead with the head and the body will follow” or every variation of this quote you can find. You get the point, though.

For whatever reason, the mental state is the hardest part to change. Think about it… when you want to tighten up your abs or buttocks for the 20 year class reunion that’s coming up in six months, you’ll quickly make the decision to start going to the gym. “It’s only for six months,” you say. But to make permanent lifestyle changes, even just a little bit at a time, seems like a wall too tall to climb. If you have to “trick” yourself into making small changes every six months, then so be it. By whatever means, get it done!

Personal development is a life-long journey… adventure… new road to travel. But it’s in your best interest, so you’ll need the proper equipment to make the ride. You wouldn’t attempt to travel from NYC to LA on a tricycle. Sure, you’ll eventually make it there, but you want to see a bit more progress a lot faster than that, so you plan to drive yur car. However, you may need to get an oil change, tune up and new tires and pull off with a full tank of gas to start rolling.

With your personal development goals, you will need to arm yourself with a positive mind that you can do it. Reading books is a great way to get mentally prepared. We offer a great list of books in the Resources section of our website. They are geared for just that… get on and stay on track to be the best YOU possible. I cheerfully invite you to come by and browse our growing selection personal development books.

Here are 9 key area that might need to be changed, a little or a lot, to boost your personal development success:

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