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Does Being Rude Get You Further in Life?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a patient that really got under my skin. At first I racked my brain to try and understand how I must have failed her. In the end, I know that my staff and I did the absolute best that we could, but this patient still went on the war path. I didn’t realize what her motivation might have been at the time, but it really started my thought process toward wondering if rude people get more breaks. Does being mean and nasty get you further in life?

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Work Less, Live More-Transition to Part Time Work

transition to part time work

After 12 years of living to work, I have moved into part time hours. If you are old enough to remember Prince circa the Purple Rain era, the intro to Let’s Go Crazy is a perfect description. “A World of Never Ending Happiness, You Can Always See the Sun, Day or Night” Well, that might be a bit dramatic. Five years ago, if asked where I’d be now, I would have said in the same place, watching the years tick by, having brief weekend respites, and working myself into complete burn out. Priorities changed, and now I’m in a much better place. Working less means having more time to do things I love, but be lying if I told you that it has been completely smooth. If you are considering the move to part time or, even better, leaving a traditional job, here a few things to consider.

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Improve Your Attitude: Turn Negatives Into Positives

Have you ever known people who go through life in a bad mood? At my house, we sometimes call them Eeyores after the eternally pessimistic character in the Winnie the Pooh series. The funny thing about people who have a continuously negative attitude is that bad things seem to happen to them. They are the ones  that have their restaurant orders mixed up or lost. They seem to miss out on all the good deals by a day or always have their bills overcharged. They are continuously on the phone to fix an oversight. There is always a story about someone doing them wrong,  a never ending stream of things to complain about. Is their situation really that bad or is that all they are able to see? While there are truly awful things that can happen, if you can find a way to make something positive out of a bad situation, it makes a big difference in your quality of life. How can you turn negatives into positives? It’s easier than you think. Look at the Worst Case Scenario This might seem counterintuitive, but I’ve found that when you are staring at something that seems insurmountable, look at all ...

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My Best Financial Tip: Stop Being Afraid

When Grayson at Debt Roundup put out a call to all bloggers asking for our best financial tip, I thought of lots of helpful and necessary things like spending less than you make, having an emergency fund, and setting up a budget. If you spend more than five minutes reading financial posts, you will see these basic steps repeated over and over. Unless you were born into royalty, you can’t have financial independence without them. If these steps are so easy to find, why doesn’t everyone practice them? I honestly can’t answer for the masses, but for my own situation, I would say that fear was the biggest thing that held me back for so long. To live the life you aspire to, you have to stop being afraid. What Are We Afraid Of? If you find yourself in debt, reason would say that you need to stop spending money. Sometimes it isn’t that simple. Are you afraid of what people will think? How often do we feel the need to buy something new to keep up with the expected norm? Society wants us to spend money. That’s great if you have it, but if a purchase has to go on ...

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Do Your Purchases Reflect Your Values?

Today I am very excited to be doing a Blog Swap. Be sure to head over to Mandy’s site to read about my first real passport trip and what it taught me.  Also, don’t miss out on your chance to win $100. My name is Mandy and I’m the author of a blog called Money Master Mom.  I’d like to help you align your spending, time and energy with your values. Back in the day when we had satellite TV (we cut it because it was providing us little value, and was costing us a lot of time) I watched Survivor.  I enjoyed the episode where they brought food in front of the starving contestants and then auctioned it off.  Some items provided little value for the contestants and resulted in low bids, but other items, like a cheeseburger, provided high value and bidding wars ensued.  It was an interesting display how value and cost can sometimes vary a great deal. If you want to make the most of your money you need to match your spending with your personal values.  Take some time to consider what purchases provide you with a great deal of satisfaction; these purchases are high value buys. ...

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