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Ask scrapbookers and photographers why they document life, and the answers are many. Besides fun, joy and legacy building, there’s also credibility. Our past actions prove who we are and can predict our future actions–or provide motivations for change. Our histories are the currency of trust. Many corporations and organizations also preserve their histories. They are decision-making bellwethers. The question is: Are these...

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While I’ve talked much about downsizing, rightsizing and de-cluttering, there are some treasures destined to become legacies. Those things, of course, honor the memories of loved ones who have passed. But as those who have cleaned out closets of the deceased, what to keep and what to donate can be a daunting task at a tender time. Today’s blog considers trends in commemoration. While quilts have been a tradition for centuries, many...

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It’s December: Christmas. Hanukkah. Kwanza. Are you exhausted yet? Did you find a place for all the new “stuff?” How about one more gift—to yourself: Minimalism—or at least minimizing? How about more quality and less quantity—in both “stuff” and activities for the New Year? Minimalism takes many forms, but the bottom line is: do more with less. That’s everything from lightening your load with a whiter calendar (fewer activities and...

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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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