From the monthly archives:

February 2010

Song of the Day

by Karen on February 26, 2010

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Gracie – Ben Folds Photo by abletoven

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Slow down, you’re moving too fast

by Karen on February 25, 2010

Almost two months ago, I started training to run my first 5K. I started out strong and motivated, but instead of getting easier, it’s been getting harder. For the past few weeks, motivation has been a problem for me. As the runs became longer and more intense, my drive to get myself into the gym […]

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5 ways budgeting and weight management are alike

by Karen on February 24, 2010

This post was originally published on September 22, 2008. One of my first posts was about how I lost weight using basic budgeting skills. Now that I’m working to get healthier, I wanted to revisit the topic. Only this time I’m talking about why constant monitoring and reassessment are crucial to staying physically and financially […]

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Simple ways to save time and reduce stress

by Karen on February 23, 2010

As I try to stay sane for the next couple months despite my mile-long to-do list, I’m looking for quick and easy ways to reduce stress. Here are a few things I’ve tried in the past few weeks that have helped immensely. Plan ahead. At the beginning of each day (or each week), take a […]

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Setting boundaries to maintain my sanity

by Karen on February 22, 2010

With everything that’s happening right now, I’ve been more than a little overwhelmed. I’ve been thinking of ways to cut down on stress and make time for the things that relax me. The line between work, home, and work-at-home has become too blurry. Chores around the house are being neglected, and I feel like I’m […]

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To Read

by Karen on February 21, 2010

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Slow & steady

by Karen on February 18, 2010

Yesterday, I started week 6 of the Couch to 5K running program. I have to be honest: it’s still really hard. I don’t love running. In fact, I hate it more days than not. I’m bored and tired and every second feels like an eternity. But I set a goal, and I’m making progress. Even […]

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Most people suggest a minimum of two-weeks’ notice when you decide to leave a job, and offering a little more notice if you want to leave your job on good terms. Due to extenuating circumstances, I ended up giving my current employer almost five months’ notice before leaving. I don’t recommend offering this much notice, […]

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Finding a luxurious (but frugal) splurge

by Karen on February 16, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled on an amazing deal for a luxury that I wouldn’t normally pay for. A representative for an upscale spa in my city came into my office and left pamphlets for a promotion. The spa was offering four complete services in separate visits — a facial, massage, manicure, and haircut […]

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