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Money Mistakes Are Temporary

A common TV trope features someone who’s down on their luck and forced to borrow from someone with questionable moral scruples: a loan shark, the Mafia, a representative from Wells Fargo. As fate would have it, they fall further and further behind, until they’re in an even greater bind. Soon they’re being pursued by the loan shark, who threatens...

Travel Hacking Opportunity: Easy Way for Small Business Owners to Earn 110,000 Points

Link: 110,000 Point Bonus Offer (Must have an LLC or S-Corp) I haven’t been writing much about travel recently, for reasons that are probably obvious. Travel doesn’t exist at the moment! At least not in the same way it used to. But it will again, especially with all that we’ve learned in the past year and vaccination well underway. I’m...

Do This When You Visit a New Place

Pandemic life has taught many of us to appreciate moments in life that might otherwise pass us by. I’ve been trying to pause and take note of how I feel at the end of the day, often as I walk in the park or one of my nearby neighborhoods. With that in mind, here’s a tip inspired by The Art of Stopping Time, a book by Pedram Shojai: whenever you visit...

How to Conduct an Annual Review (2020 Edition!) 🗓

Every December for the past fifteen years, I’ve completed an exercise I call the Annual Review. This year is different in some ways, but then again, so is every year for one reason or another. In fact, that’s one of the things that’s so beneficial about the Review: in the midst of whatever craziness is happening, it helps to ground your attention and...

Thank you, 2020. It was terrible and wonderful.

I started writing this post by trying to take stock of a few things about this year that were good. The process was easier than I expected. Sure, 2020 has been a dumpster fire year in many ways. But when I really stopped to think about it, it wasn’t hard to identify several things in my life that wouldn’t have happened were it not for the world coming...

What Would You Say If You Could Go Back in Time?

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself right before the pandemic hit, what would you say? Here’s my answer. Let’s assume it’s January 2020, just as we’re beginning to hear news about a strange virus in Wuhan, China… Welcome to the beginning of the strangest year the modern world has ever known. You don’t realize it now, but life...

We did it. Now what? 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Friends and readers, we did it. It actually happened! I’m reminded of the quote that’s attributed to Winston Churchill: “You can always count on America to do the right thing, after it has exhausted all other options.” The monumental U.S. election results won’t change everything, but they do send a clear signal of most Americans’ wish for change....

A Love Letter to Trump Supporters ❤️

I’d like to speak to any of my readers who have supported the current U.S. president in the past, or who are planning to do so again this year. Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to understand where you’re coming from. I wrote and rewrote this post at least three times before figuring out what I wanted to say. I knew that if I insulted you, you wouldn’t...

Feeling Depressed in 2020? It’s Not Just You 😔

When we all went into this thing in March, I tried to remain as positive as possible. I still believe everything I said before, about how I want to come out of this time better than I was when it started, etc. We can only worry about what’s within our control. And of course, let’s try to be kind to one another. But then the spring turned to summer,...

Working Hard at Something That Doesn’t Matter

“Our greatest fear should not be failure but succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Last year, pre-pandemic, I went to a three-day yoga retreat in Arizona. I’d never done such a thing before and was thinking of signing up for a longer one, so this seemed like a safe introduction. The yoga itself was good. I enjoyed the classes and...

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