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When Thanksgiving arrives, the very act of giving thanks implies introspection: We look at our year and consider why we are grateful. If we advance that thought, we begin reflecting on how we are living our life. Are we busy living the values we profess and the dreams we have, or are we just busy? I recently experienced two retreats which propelled my thinking—and my dreams—forward. In the process, I affirmed or questioned my values...

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You’ve heard it. Holiday shopping ads and news stories are already running for Amazon, Target, and Walmart. What does this mean? For one, it means that with online shopping, gifting for friends and families has grown ridiculously easy. While that’s good news, it’s also sad news. Shopping has become so simple that few gifts stand out anymore—their intrinsic value has been lowered. The joy of finding something truly special—something...

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Remember the famous line you always hear on the plane before take-off? “In the event of an emergency, secure the oxygen mask to yourself before assisting others.” Truth be told, that applies to life in general. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t assist others. Not surprisingly, Beth has a list for self-care and easier living. In fact, as a public speaker, the topic is one of her favorite speeches. “In life, it’s so easy to...

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In last May’s blog, Beth shared the delicate experience of transitioning her mom to a smaller space, and lessons learned the hard way. Today we explore downsizing and inheritance ”uglies:” family fights and how to avoid them. Beth recalls a funeral in which a sibling fight over who-got-what and who was paying for the funeral literally went to the grave. Sadly, that was a family who hadn’t prepared for either transitioning or the...

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It’s 6:00 AM. Do you know what and where your day will be? How about your week? Month? Year? How about four years out? If you’re Beth Gibson Lilja, it’s not only on a list, it’s in tasks and long-range projects, and they are even backed-up in her FOREVER® Account. Beth, you see, has a system for every detail and big-picture project in her life! Call it supreme organization, or call it obsessive-compulsive. Whatever you call it, Beth...

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Surviving a Natural—or Other—Disaster with a Disaster-Proof Legacy Fires and floods! Tornadoes and hurricanes! Increasingly, natural disasters are having a heyday. What would you do if you had just 6 minutes to leave your home, not knowing if you can return–ever? Then, there are those bizarre disasters. Most recently, there was a storm in Dallas that caused a construction crane to topple over onto a residential building and...

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