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Summer Vacation Plans – Start Now

Relaxing Vacation in the Sun

Relaxation is a good vacation goal

Spring has just about sprung!

It’s now the perfect time to begin planning your summer vacation. Planning far in advance allows you the time to be flexible and save actual cash for the expenses. How stressful is it to go on a vacation and use credit cards for the whole thing, then knowing it will take years to pay for it? Or that your vacation actually will in the long run cost you 20% more than budgeted because you are carrying it on the high interest plastic. Start saving a portion of your weekly/bi-weekly paycheck to help cover these expenses and you’ll be happier in the long haul for it. Oh by the way, now is the time to lock in some vacation dates at work too. Don’t be the last to ask for the 4th of July off when everyone else has already done so!

For me, I love to travel. I want to travel more but somehow it just doesn’t seem to work out at this time. But in reality some of the best vacations don’t require traveling very far! Stay-cations are the affordable excuses to pretend you are tourist in your own area. It really can be ultra relaxing rediscovering the many wonderful reasons you live where you live today. There are many sights and local attractions to see. All you need to do is go online and enter your city or area in Google and “boom” there’s all kinds of opportunity with stick pins on the map!

Whatever you do don’t be tempted to over indulge during the actual vacation. Stay to your plan and budget and use cash! If you do, you are on your way to learning how to live life richly today! Happy Relaxation!

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2010 Resolution Check-Up

New Years Resolutions

Stay On Task In 2010

Like most folks I personally made a couple of New Years Resolutions to which I have kept at least one! Being that we just had daylight savings time I think it’s appropriate to use that date as a reminder to check in on those resolutions. How are you personally doing with yours?

In my case my resolution was reinforced by what I would classify as a wake-up call from God. On Dec 31st early in the morning I had some chest pains and numbness in my left arm. I felt very out of it and knew something wasn’t right. O woke up my wife and said this is it we need to go to the ER. Fortunately we are only about 10 minutes from the hospital and got my first taste of medical emergency care. I have never ever been hospitalized before. The good news is that with the help of the staff and doctors I was able to identify my condition and it was not a heart attack. Rather it is a rhythm issue that can be treated with medication. But my cardiologist shared with me what I already knew… lose weight, eat less fatty foods, and exercise regularly. And since those instructions I am focused on my resolution of getting healthier so that I may enjoy living life richly along with you folks! I don’t have a set goal but at this time I have lost about 20 pounds and certainly feel much better!

After three months into the 2010 can you say you are still committed and actively working your resolutions? Are you making sure to resolve something to improve for both your personal health and finances? As you know they do go hand in hand and impact how richly you live life today!

Feel free to make a comment to this post to share your progress or to publicly re-commit to your resolutions. I will help hold you accountable! But please don’t wait for a 6AM wake-up call from God to make your resolutions life saving actions!

I still struggle because I want this so bad!!

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Matters of the Wallet and Sleep Aids

According to research firm GFK Roper, more than 2 out 3 Americans are losing sleep worrying about their finances. And more than 1 in 5 over credit card bills alone.

This is staggering data and yet it is so true! Isn’t it scary how much or health issues are related to financial woes? If we would simply address our matters of the wallet head on and stop avoiding solutions we could all live life more richly. We could get more rest which our bodies require on a daily basis.

If you are losing sleep because of worry about personal finances please resolve to adopt an action plan to solve the problem. If you need help there are plenty of resources available. You can seek help online in various venues including right here or at our sister website CreditMania where we have solutions for most debt and credit problems.

I firmly believe if you take control of the matters of wallet you will have discovered a powerful sleep aid!

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D. I. Y. Health

Jay's RX from Hello Health

Taking care of your personal health is a key tenant of living life richly. We all need to take control of our health lives and Dr. Jay Parkinson has a great little prescription plan for all of us…

Do it yourself.

Most doctors prescribe pills, Dr. Parkinson prescribes empowerment. We spend less than an hour per year with our doctor—and 8,765 without. Fortunately, we live in the age of DIY. And now we have the tools to create a new health experience. Dr. Google is always there for us. We can connect with the 500 people in the country all living with the same rare illness. We can email our doctor or meet them by video chat. We can find the nearest farmer’s market with our iPhone. We can use the web to find fellow runners in our neighborhood. Living healthy is getting easier every day.

Imagine if your doctor, acting as your consultant, prescribed all these tools for you to be the most empowered CEO of your health. What if you paid your doctor for advice to keep you out of their office? What if we looked at protecting our own health the same way we look at protecting the environment? What if being healthy became a social, not just a personal, cause?

Empowerment is the best prevention.

Jay Parkinson is co-founder of Hello Health and founding partner
in Future Well, a new design firm architecting innovations in
health and wellness. (Reprinted from “What Matters Now”, by Seth Godin)

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Unplanned Destruction

NW Austin LAke Creek Beaver Damage

Willow Tree damage in NW Austin

I have this really cool urban wildlife area in Austin that I frequent to watch birds and other critters. This winter I am seeing signs of major Beaver activity which is not a bad thing unless you are a willow tree. Much of the creek bank is lined with these trees and are now under severe attack from the beavers. They use hese trees for cover and food. In grand scheme of things Beavers are usually kept in balance by other forces such as predators. I am not sure this is going to be the case. It may take some serious intervention from humans to help save the habitat from this unplanned destruction.

This same goes for our own personal worth lives. It only takes some minor changes to the balance of our lives to cause unplanned destruction. It is important that we are aware of all facets of our life so that we can notice these influences and become willing to address them quickly. Sometimes it might even be necessary to accept helps from other humans such friends, spouses, children, our co-workers, and professionals. Are there any forces causing unplanned destruction?

Take a look at these matters in your life today and make sure to stave off any negative influences.

  • Relationships
  • Faith
  • Servant hood
  • Physical Health
  • Emotional Health
  • Hobbies
  • Community Involvement

Keep these on a positive path and you’ll live life richly!

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