Tis Better to Give

Let’s all be honest, the process of gift giving is hard. Yes, seeing a person’s face light up when you get them the perfect gift is wonderful. However, the holiday season is a virtual minefield of social expectations and poor judgment. Who are you obliged to give a gift to? What do you do when someone gives you a gift and you didn’t get them anything? Will getting your wife a vacuum cleaner land you in the dog house? Continue reading “Tis Better to Give”

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Taking Personal Responsibility

It is not enough simply to believe it, but you must achieve it. Personal responsibility comes in many forms, financial, relational, spiritual, and more. The uniting factor is that it is taking control of one’s life, and owning it. Accepting personal responsibility is empowering, even if it is through accepting failure. This is the only way to learn from failure. Continue reading “Taking Personal Responsibility”

Satisfaction

People are constantly striving for the sense of fulfillment that comes from true satisfaction. Satisfaction comes in two forms. There is the emotional, often fleeting, feeling of accomplishment that comes from achieving a goal. Getting a raise, buying a new car, or hitting a milestone in life provides temporary happiness. However, this soon becomes the new baseline. Psychologically, people quickly become accustomed to their new situation. Continue reading “Satisfaction”

Rude

People are rude. Everyone has experienced a person so absorbed in their own world that they have no consideration for the world around them. They are the ones who are speaking on a cell phone while the sandwich person is trying to take their order. They are the people who flip the bird at you after they cut you off. They cut in line, they text at dinner, and block the entire aisle with their grocery cart. The very worst part is that most of us are this person. Continue reading “Rude”

Hiring a Contractor

How exactly do you find a contractor to remodel your home without getting ripped off? That is the million dollar question, literally. Countless people across the nation are being left with leaky ceilings, moldy walls, and a huge bill to boot. Taking a few steps before signing the contract can prevent huge problems down the road and land you a contractor worth their salt… and your money. Continue reading “Hiring a Contractor”

Gut Check

It is easy to get caught in the undertow of life. You are born onto a path which takes you through school, into work, into marriage, children, and retirement. There are expectations. Get up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to bed. The routine lulls you to sleep, and before you know it, you can be living a nightmare. You ask “how did I get here?” when you should be asking “where do I want to go next?” Continue reading “Gut Check”