Great article, Connie! You really hit on the important things that can make for a better life. I'm working on #10 this year, developing healthier habits. I'm already seeing a payoff. No matter what you're working on, though, it really does start with how you think.

If you’re having trouble finding the success that you desire, there’s a strong probability that self-sabotage could be holding you back. There are many reasons why people sabotage themselves and prevent themselves from experiencing success — but instead of focusing on those reasons, how about focusing on getting out of your own way so that you can be successful?

How does that work? Start with an experiment. For the next month, rethink the way you do things. …

How Our Messed Up Attitudes Can Keep Us from Success

I grew up with the idea that money was somehow dirty. It was one of those things that was never talked about. Certainly not in polite society. It was as taboo as sex and politics. Nasty things could happen if you turned your attention to thoughts of money.

Some of this came from a place of good intentions. Greed, the kind that makes you neglect more important things in the pursuit of money, is certainly evil. Envy, the kind that makes you wish bad things for those who have what…

Many writers, preachers, and academics have touted the power of thinking positively. There is a giant industry built around self-help books and videos designed to teach us how to overcome negative thinking in order to build a more positive outcome in our lives.

Alison Ledgerwood, a social psychologist at UCDavis, gives an insightful TED talk about the power of negative thinking. In numerous studies, she and her team found that negative thinking exerted an inordinate influence on the opinions and mood of participants.

She found that the negatives have a larger and longer lasting impact than the positives. …

Leveraging the Time Benefits of Homeschooling

Because of the recent coronavirus mandated lockdown, many parents are getting a taste of what it might be like to homeschool their children. Granted, these present circumstances are very different from a full-on homeschooling experience.

Most children, in my region anyway, are still getting lessons planned and provided by their school teachers, not their parents. Parents are more home supervisors than home teachers, but still are getting a glimpse into home education. For those who aren’t motivated to run away in terror, this is a time to consider its possible benefits.

I homeschooled my…

A Tribute to Healthcare Workers

As we’ve been spending time lately honoring and praying for the healthcare workers on the front lines against the coronavirus, I’ve been thinking about the members of my own family who were involved in healthcare in some way.

My paternal grandmother was a nurse. I don’t remember much about her because she died when I was in kindergarten, but here’s what I remember. She had shockingly white hair, she loved to play the piano, and she never stopped smoking.

I can still remember staring in fascination at the ash hanging off the end of a cigarette held firmly in her…

So, what does your day look like today? Is it pretty much the same as usual, or has your routine been disrupted over the last several weeks?

Many people are trying to figure out how to work/teach/learn from home as quarantine rules are in effect all over the world because of the latest coronavirus.

For me, life hasn’t changed much. It’s mostly the same old thing, because I work from home, but my face to face teaching has been cancelled for now.

There hasn’t been any sense of panic, at least not yet! I’m staying busy and trying to be…

Have you ever found yourself in an endless loop of always setting the same goals and resolutions and never getting anywhere?

You know that you need to be writing down your goals and tracking them.

You know that there are things that you need to be doing on a regular basis to actually hit those goals.

And yet it always seems like life gets in the way. Things happen. You find yourself taking stock in December and asking, “Where did the time go?”

It’s depressing to look back on the year and see that you haven’t quite accomplished all that…

“The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.” — Ogden Nash

I was talking recently with a crazy-busy homeschooling mom of three that I know. Her young children keep her moving from dawn till dusk. Her home is full of fun and games and creativity. It’s the place where all the neighborhood kids, and even their parents, want to hang out. We got talking about habits.

Norma Esler

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