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Release Your Worries

Posted by reallifee on Sep 22, 2014 in E Notes, Encouragement, Health & Wellness, Schedule Makeover | 0 comments

Release Your Worries

Over the past couple of months, my small group has been reading a book called The Worry Free Life. This book takes a very systematic approach to stopping unhealthy emotions and behaviors by first examining the unhealthy thoughts that triggered them. Why should you care about this book? Well if you’ve been worried about the economy, your job, your health, your children, your weight or anything in between, this insight from Chapter 2 could help you release your negative anxiety. In brief, here’s the difference between healthy concern and unhealthy worry: “When we anticipate and plan for problems that are likely to occur, we are showing concern about how...

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Get Out of the Trunk

Posted by reallifee on May 7, 2014 in E Notes, Encouragement, Psychology, Relationships, Schedule Makeover | 0 comments

Get Out of the Trunk

Recently, I did something fairly typical: I set a boundary on my time in what I perceived to be a polite, yet also clear and direct manner. However, I received an atypical response: The person I set a boundary with (who was a stranger whom I had just met once before) told me that I was a warm person but had come across as cold… The logical side of me thought, “This is ridiculous! Someone I don’t even know doesn’t have a right to give me unsolicited feedback on my behavior. Also, I’ve set these sorts of boundaries before in the same manner and not received this response so this impression of me being ‘cold’ has more to do with the...

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When You’re Staring Blankly at Your Computer

Posted by reallifee on Mar 17, 2014 in E Notes, Encouragement, Internships & Jobs, Psychology, Schedule Makeover, Uncategorized | 2 comments

When You’re Staring Blankly at Your Computer

When you’re staring blankly at your computer or painfully aware that you’re not doing what you need to get done, it’s easy to fall into some time investment traps such as: thinking you’ll just stay up as late as you need to in order to get the work done, which leads to wasting time and being sleep deprived. trying to get yourself motivated, which isn’t always necessary and can lead to more procrastination. or sticking with the task but having it take waaaaayyyyy longer than it should take. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone, and the key is often to step back. Not to just clear your mind of anxiety, but to actually address...

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So Humbled…

Posted by reallifee on Jan 1, 2014 in E Notes, Encouragement, Health & Wellness, Psychology, Rest & Rejuvenation, Uncategorized | 2 comments

So Humbled…

A few times a year, I send out an update to a small circle of personal friends who live around the world. It’s my way of keeping in touch with people who I may not be able to call or see on a regular basis. As per my custom, I sent out my end of year reflections and after doing so, I thought these also might resonate with you. So here is my personal sharing on what I’ve been learning on the balance between being proactive and yet staying humble to the reality that we’re never completely in control–and that’s OK: My learning has centered around three main themes: You never quite know what will happen so it’s important to enjoy and...

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I Quit

Posted by reallifee on Sep 9, 2013 in E Notes, E Tips, Encouragement, Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness, Internships & Jobs, Psychology, Rest & Rejuvenation | 0 comments

I Quit

In 2007, when I began my personal journey toward creating a peaceful, balanced life aligned with my priorities, I realized authentic success required quitting many things. This included not only cutting back on activities but also quitting attitudes that kept me bound to a life driven by production instead of connection. I quit trying to maximize the quantity of activities and relationships in my life, and instead focused on cultivating quality and depth. I quit focusing solely on the quality of work I was doing and started to more deeply value the quality of life I was experiencing. I quit attempting to please everyone and began to discover what it...

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I Was Wrong…

Posted by reallifee on Aug 5, 2013 in E Notes, E Tips, Encouragement, Health & Wellness, Psychology, Rest & Rejuvenation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I Was Wrong…

I wanted to tell you a story about me, Africa, and a lesson that took a couple of years to sink in… So in 2011, I visited Uganda, and during my time there, I taught a time investment class to local young leaders. (That’s me in the photo at right.) I shared about all sorts of things from the reality of the Dynamic Priorities Model (those of you who have read chapter 4 of my book know what I’m talking about) to the importance of routines. Then we got to the Q&A, which I found absolutely fascinating because travel opens your mind up to different ways of looking at the world and broadens your perspective. This experience in Africa was no...

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