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Checks and Balances

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so I figured I'd share with you a few things that have interested me lately:

(In the interest of self-care, I've been trying to put the electronics away at night)

  • I've been into walking recently. I started out wanting to walk an hour every day this month, but the weather and work schedule haven't always obliged. Nevertheless, I have managed to fit in at least 30 minutes of low-level walking most days. Just as sleep forms the base of the self-care triage pyramid, simple walking should be the cornerstone of physical activity for most people. Furthermore, this Mark's Daily Apple article makes the case for walking as therapy and stress-reliever.

  • This great interview with Elizabeth Dunn, the co-author of the book Happy Money, reminded me to continue my practice of simplicity. Her five core principles of spending for happiness (buy experiences, make it a treat, buy time, pay now/consume later, and invest in others) are good advice for all of us this holiday season.

  • Are you taking some vacation days this winter? For many people, days off are not accrued and will reset in just a little more than a month! See the sobering statistics of why Americans don't take all their vacation and try to find a way to take the rest of yours!

  • And just for laughs, check out this very funny spoof on the DIY "hacks" articles you see all over FB and Pinterest. #1 is my favorite. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!


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