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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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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: Week 2

The Character Challenge: Week 1” was a HUGE success… THANK YOU and CONGRATS! I am so glad to see you take the first step in learning how to live and love your life to the fullest. The purpose of this exercise is to help you tackle your goal, one small piece at a time. So, keep writing down your goals and reaching them, one step at a time. When you look back at where you started… what an inspirational story you will have to tell!

The Character Challenge: Week 2

This week, I want you to look at another list of three character traits and see which one you need to work on. Remember, this could be a little hard to do. Trust me when I say I know that change is hard, no matter how big or little. Keep in mind that you will be in a much happier place… one goal at a time.

If you have not read, “The Character Challenge: Week 1 and left your responses in the comments section, or emailed your reaponses to me, I urge you to do that now. Also, if you haven’t read “The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey,” This article explains the purpose of the challenge. At the end of the day, I want you to feel about setting, starting and achieving your personal development journey 🙂

So, let’s get started with this week’s six character traits. Take a look at each character trait and its description. Then, I want you to choose one character trait to work on improving. In the comments section below or, in an email that only I will see, answer these three questions. You can read my responses below and follow my example. Ready… set… go!

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The Character Challenge: Week 1

This is the official start of The Character Challenge… YEAH!! The purpose of this challenge is to help you identify the character trait that you feel needs to be improved, or put to rest. We all have issues, it’s how we handle them that makes or breaks us. I’ll share a little about myself, here. I used to be a control freak. It reached its heights when I became a single parent of two small kids ages 3 and 7. To make sure everything went smoothly, I felt I had to make all the decisions for my kids, from their clothing to what activities they participated in, all the way to high school.

Long story short, it led to a strained relationship between me and each of them when they became teens. I have a great relationship with each of them now, but it took a lot of long talks about what went wrong, in order to know what to fix.

There are many different ways to deal with the issues within us, too. Some people meditate. Many people see some sort of counselor. Personally… I pray. Any and all of these methods can help IF you know what to work on first. That’s where The Character Challenge! Remember… the goal is to help you learn what needs to be changed in order for you to live and love you life 🙂

The Character Challenge Week 1

First things first. If you haven’t read last week’s blog post, “The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series To Help You Clarify Your Personal Development Journey,” I urge you to click on the link and read it now. You’ll learn exactly what this challenge is expected to help you with. I will enter my own responses below (like I said, we ALL have issues). If you don’t want to leave a response below, in the comments section, please email me. The goal is to help you, in the way you’re most comfortable 🙂

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Self Serve Customer Service

We often spend so much time taking care of others, that we tend to put our own needs aside. I know this to be especially true with women. We feel the need to nurture everyone else, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with making sure you are well taken care of… mind, body and soul.

I was a single parent for many years. When my kids were about 3 and 8 years old, and I came down with the flu. that I realized I needed to make sure I was in good shape from head to toe, in order to be able to help others . My daughter was sickly from the time she was a few weeks old , and my son was very active. One of my grandmothers was recovering from a botched-up back surgery and needed help around the house. Working two jobs allowed me very little sleep, and I often neglected my own well being. Being sick gave me a new perspective on the priorities in my life.

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I realized I had to eat better, get more exercise and more sleep. I also had to do a much better job with time management. My schedule had been dictated by my jobs and kids, and not much of that could be changed. But, I had to learn to say, “No” to requests to help with situations outside of my house. Not easy, but extremely necessary! Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly how I got everything done, but I truly understand how my immune system took a beating, and a really bad one at that! I had to learn to take care of me, first, in order to be able to take good care of my kids… PERIOD!

Some people take a “Me, Me, Me” attitude, but in the wrong way. I’m saying, yes, you need to take care of yourself. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t be concerned and helpful to others. This blog talks about personal development, customer service (including self-service) and home decor. You may think home decor is a far stretch, but your surroundings have a big affect on your mood, therefore is a factor in how you see and treat others, much like how music can have a big impact on you.

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It’s The Sneezy Sleepy Season!

Great… The warm weather and beautiful colors of Spring are coming alive 🙂 Uh oh... The warm weather and beautiful colors of Spring are coming alive 😦  ‘Tis the season for allergies! Allergy symptoms are something I personally didn’t experience until about six years ago. I’ve known dozens of people who sneeze, cough and even suffer asthma attacks due to their allergies to outdoor elements. I think some doctors’ offices are busier with allergy-related appointments, in the Spring and Summer, than with Flu and cold weather issues in the winter. Isn’t it crazy how such beauty can bring on such misery?

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Fortunately, we will continue to enjoy the beauty of the trees and flowers, that cause the suffering we endure, for the rest of our days. An even bigger fortunately, is that there are ways to help ease the symptoms. Ease of allergy symptoms don’t begin and end with medication. You can actually help prevent the causes of those symptoms naturally, too.

One of the easiest ways, to naturally keep your allergy symptoms at bay, is to change what you surround yourself with each and every day. Food, pets, fuzzy toys and, yes, even your bed covers and pillows may be the cause of your suffering. There’s an extensive allergy test that can tell you about which foods may be causing your allergy symptoms. There are specific dogs and cats that are claimed to be hypo-allergenic.

The labels on fuzzy toys should clearly state if they are hypo-allergenic. Your bed covers and pillows should say they are hypo-allergenic or Down-Alternative. I’ve included an article titled, “What Is The Difference Between a Down and Down-Alternative Comforter.” It is extremely important to know each item that causes your suffering, and I want to arm you with the information I do know about.

As you know, TheDealCutters is an online store that offers Home DecorKitchen/ Dining Accents and Bedding. So, I’m going to stick with what I know… Bedding as it relates to allergy symptoms. But, not just because I know about bedding, but because I know that your beautiful and comfortable bed cover and pillows can be an extremely harmful part of your every day life, and you may not even know it!

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Bring Out Your Colorful Character

It’s no secret that color, character and mood have a lot of influence over each other. The colors you choose to incorporate into your surroundings (wall color, clothing, etc.) say a lot about the type of person you are. Whether you have an outgoing personality, or are more of an introvert, by nature, the color schemes you prefer, may say more about you than you think.

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What do your favorite colors say about you? Let’s see how closely science relates to your reality 🙂

Blues

  • Stable
  • Calming
  • Trustworthy

You may have noticed that many websites, especially in the financial market, are primarily blue. This is because the color blue doesn’t make you feel rushed or anxious. You can check out the websites of SouthTrust Bank and Chase Bank to see how they use the color blue in their website design.

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How To Upgrade Your Space On a Budget

With Spring just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can upgrade your home or office without blowing your savings or being broke each payday. Well, here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you get it done with no regrets! 

Prioritize your rooms

First, figure out which rooms you’d like to spruce up a bit.. Since most of us work with a tight budget, when it comes to updating our home, let’s just work on one room at a time. This will help you figure out all the supplies you’ll need for the rest of the rooms you’ll be working on. Trust me, chances are, you’ll feel like a yo-yo, going back and forth to the store to get that one little think you forgot, while upgrading your first room.

For the sake of time, I’ll just talk about general concepts to consider, that you can use in each room you’re going to upgrade.The bigger the project, the more detailed you’ll get. Let us know if we can help you find the answers or resources to help you get the project done. We’re here to help!

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Colors and textures

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Each room should have its own look and feel, but still be somewhat related to the look and feel of the other rooms in your home or office. To get your creative juices flowing, follow this thought process:

  • Do you want to completely change the room color and texture? If so, wall paint will be your best bet. You can find some really good deals on paint colors that someone thought they wanted, but decided against. I once received 80% off two gallons of paint this way! Check with your local Home DepotLowe’sAce Hardware and general store (yes, they do still exist! Lol) to see if they have any such treasures. Take your time and shop around. Also, look for sales, coupons and deals on the painting supplies you will need.
  • What is the focal point of the room? Sometimes, something as simple as adding a decorative throw pillow or throw blanket with brilliant colors, can change the focal point of a room. If you can’t go all the way with new flooring, add another splash of color, using a creative throw rug, and BAM… your space will POP!
  • You’d be surprised at how a few new light fixtures can go a long way! A few cool new lamps and ceiling fans are always an easy, and budget-friendly solution to changing up a room’s look and feel. Start checking for sales now, though. The warmer it gets outside, the closer to boiling over your budget will get.

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We would love to help you with any ideas, and answer any questions you might have. Leave a comment below, or send us an email. Also, don’t forget to grab your free subscription to our TDC Home Decor Digest. It’s full of awesome ideas, from around the globe, that you can use in your own space. You can cancel at any time! Just click here to get started today.

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Personal Development – The Mental Side, Part 2 of 3

The mental side of personal development, some may argue, is the most important part. Many say personal development starts with the spiritual side, which we will discuss next week. Others will say that you should focus on how you look, meaning the physical side, because that will make you feel better about yourself. The better you look, the better you are perceived and received. What do you think?

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A great quote by a great mind well beyond his years!

In this blog post, we will go over the reasons why developing a strong mental state of mind is a key piece to the puzzle of overall personal development. Whether or not it’s the first piece you should focus on, well, I’ll leave that up to you. The sole purpose of this 3-part blog post series on personal development, is to help you get to your true happy place. Why you are not there yet can be due to a wide array of reasons or obstacles. You may, or may not, have an idea of why that is, so hopefully theis blog post series will be of great value to you.

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We treat each other the way we do because of how we feel, and what we think about ourselves and others. If we are usually in a great mood and see the brighter side of people and situations most of the time, we tend to exhibit a more optimistic approach to conflicts, difficult situations and difficult people. My 3-part blog post, “The Personal Side of Customer Service,” is a great read to find out more about The OptimistThe Skepticand The Pessimist. It may help you understand why you feel and act a certain way, a bit better, too. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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