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Outsourcing Your Life

Help Wanted?

Help Wanted? (Photo credit: brizzle born and bred)

I’ve written a lot about how important it is to remember that you are just one person.  Give yourself a break sometimes! It’s not always possible to get everything done on your own, which is why sometimes, you have to ask for help.  I finally took my own advice and enlisted the help of some interns — wow has my life gotten better.  It’s really amazing what giving up a little control can do.

I haven’t always found it easy to let someone else help me out, but when I went to the BlogHer ’13 convention in Chicago, I sat in on a session, run by Meagan Francis, about outsourcing and why you should do it…and I’m so glad I did.  There are major benefits that come from having an extra set of hands: Read more

Simple Ways To Make Your Life Easier

Day 89 - After The Run

Day 89 – After The Run (Photo credit: slgckgc)

Sometimes the simplest thing can help you accomplish so much more.  Like tying your shoe the right way!  Sounds silly, right?  I thought so too, but humor me for a minute.  I found a video of the very first three-minute TED talk in 2005 where Terry Moore told his audience that many of them were actually tying their shoes incorrectly…as he had been doing until about three years prior!

 

As it turns out, there is a “strong form” of the knot used to tie your shoes, and it can make your life the teensiest bit easier because it won’t come untied as often as the “weak form” of the knot.
So, in honor of Moore’s statement that, “Sometimes a small advantage somewhere in life can yield tremendous results someplace else,” here is a list of things you can do to gain a small advantage here and there: Read more

Reasons to Take a Staycation

 

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For the whole summer, everyone is daydreaming about jetting off for a beach getaway. I bet very few of you dream of staying at home for your vacation, but don’t sell it short! In hindsight, it’s easy to overlook all the bad parts of a taking a trip – the delayed flights, missed connections and lost luggage.

So next time you think you need a break, consider taking a “staycation” instead. Here’s my list of reasons why:

 

List of Must-Watch TV Shows

Breaking Bad (season 2)

Breaking Bad (season 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve literally been glued to my TV for weeks watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. I had heard good things about it but I have to be honest…I thought I would hate it.  The subject matter is a little strange — high school chemistry teacher gets cancer and decides to cook crystal meth to leave behind lots of cash for his loved ones.  Ummm — not my thing.  Well let me tell you — I’m totally addicted. If for some reason, you cannot access Breaking Bad in your country, you can always try using a pre-configured router, which means you can protect all devices in the home, access the internet and enabling you to protect devices that don’t support native VPN apps.

Each night Jay and I would watch a few episodes and we are finally all caught up and excited for the series finale in August.  The writing and the characters are superb. If you don’t watch it — you need to!

Summer can be a great time to indulge a little and catch up any TV episodes you missed last season or discover your new favorite show. Access to old TV shows has never been easier — with the amount of streaming videos available online, a marathon of your favorite series can be just a few clicks away. You just need to make sure you are aware of torrenting safety issues that you could face.
And the best part is, you don’t need to sit through commercials or wait through the end-of-the-season cliffhangers — its all right there for you to watch when you want. (That’s one of my favorite parts about watching an old show. All the episodes are already out!) So break out the popcorn and get cozy on your couch!
Set aside some time this summer to relax and unwind. Here’s my list of TV shows to give a try:
  1. Breaking Bad (NetflixAmazon Instant Video)
  2. Homeland (Amazon Instant Video, Showtime Online, iTunes)
  3. Downton Abby (Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  4. The Sopranos (HBO Go, HBO on Demand)
  5. Lost (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  6. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  7. Bones (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  8. Mad Men (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  9. Alias (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  10. Dexter (Amazon Instant Video)
  11. Heroes (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  12. Girls (Amazon Instant Video)
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4 Lists for Stress-Free Travel

Willis Tower / Sears TowerMy recent trip to Chicago reminded me just how important having a list is when traveling. I know it sounds super nerdy – but doing a little homework before you leave will guarantee an easy and stress-free journey. I usually start crafting up my lists a week in advance (or more if I’m really excited about the trip!)

These are the 4 travel lists I NEVER leave home without:

1. Itinerary

This is an itemized list of everything you will do on your trip. Run through each day in your mind and visualize what you’ll be doing. Then write down a brief description or note about each event. That way you can prepare by making reservations, packing the appropriate clothes and making the most of the time you have at your destination.

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