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4 Steps to Reclaim Your Financial Balance during the Holidays

Posted on Balanced Lifestyle | November 25, 2014 |

by guest author Kristel Finns

Do you ever feel like you are on a runaway train during the holidays? Sometimes all of the spending and going here and there have really made me feel like the fun was quickly being zapped out of one of my favorite times of the year.

Thankfully, we’ve found a few solutions that have helped bring more peace and joy back into our Christmas. We started coming up with a Christmas budget, buy reasonable gifts for a few close family members (with set amounts for each ahead of time) and save a little every month throughout the year so we can pay for our gifts in cash. Now when people ask if I’m frazzled with all of the shopping I can answer honestly that we really don’t go too overboard with it!

keep your budget under control this holiday season

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Finding Balance through Volunteer Work

Posted on Balanced Lifestyle | November 10, 2014 |

For most of us, happiness and fulfillment are all about balance. We balance work and play, we carefully divide our time between friends, family and ourselves, and we constantly strive for harmony in our professional and personal lives. And, try as we may, harmony and balance are ever elusive, and, as a result, we feel a little out of whack. However, volunteer work can be a great way to promote balance in our lives. Read on to discover how volunteering your time and energy to a worthwhile cause can help restore harmony to your busy life.

You Can Make a Difference

In one way or another, we all want to make a difference in the world. And no matter your level of personal success and happiness, it’s not uncommon to feel as though something’s missing. By promoting real, meaningful change, volunteer work can help quell those nagging feelings. Time and again, countless volunteer workers have proven that one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others, as well as in the community and, as a result, the world as a whole.

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How to Balance Me and Us Time

Posted on Balanced Relationships | September 29, 2014 |

Nobody can put a price on ‘me time’ – whether you’ve had a stressful week at work or just want a moment to have a good think, we all need a little time out now and then. But when you’ve got a partner, this can be easier said than done, particularly if you’re in the honeymoon phase of a relationship.

On the flip side, if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you might not be spending enough time with your partner. If you’re having trouble striking the balance, here are a few tips on how you can both make the most of your ‘me’ and ‘us’ time.

Set aside a weekly date night

Remember the early days when all you would do was go out for dinner or to the cinema with your significant other? As time wears on, financial constraints or just a general lack of effort can lead us to forgetting to treat our partners. If you need to re-ignite the spark in your relationship, agree a night to spend time together each week. It doesn’t have to be extravagant – you could just cook at home and watch your favorite box set together. The important point here is that you are doing it together.

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How to Balance a Love of Food with a Desire to Be Healthy

Posted on Balanced Body | September 16, 2014 |

By guest author Adrienne Erin

Despite countless fraudulent Internet ads that claim the contrary, there is no magic pill to make us skinny. Even though we sometimes hate to admit it, it’s clear that the only road to healthy living is a two lane highway: exercise and healthy eating.

Americans are famous for clocking hours at the gym to make up for their poor food choices. I tell myself a plate of French fries will be erased by a half an hour on the elliptical or an ice cream sundae will be forgotten thanks to Saturday morning yoga. Unfortunately, the old saying “abs are made in the kitchen” is true, and exercise alone won’t do the trick.

Also, with that mentality, we create a perpetual circle: I must go to the gym because I ate poorly, and now that I’ve been to the gym I can eat poorly because I’ve burned calories. Experts say that about 70 percent of weight loss is diet-based while 30 percent is exercise based. So establishing healthy eating is even more important (although maybe more difficult) than hitting the gym.

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How to Balance Our Time

Posted on Balanced Lifestyle | September 8, 2014 |

By guest author Traci Lawrence

How can we tell if our Lives are Out of Balance?

We can tell that our lives are not balanced through honest self-evaluation. We can ask ourselves how we’re spending our time. Do we work too much? Are we connected to electronics continually? How much quality time do we spend with our families? Are we devoting too much time to our hobbies? How often do we help other people with no thought of getting anything in return?

Jasmin Tanjeloff, LMHC writes, on, about two kinds of balance of which we need to be aware:

  • Balance in our internal world (mind, heart, and health)
  • Balance in our external world (work, social, family, and fun)

Ms. Tanjeloff states that, if we sense that we might be living with narrow, tunnel-like vision, we should take nine steps to self-examination. These steps include such practices as acknowledging that something is wrong, evaluating the problem, planning, reflection, and preparation.

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