Category: Philosophy

Long Hair Nightmare

Long Hair Nightmare

As I was roaming the aisles aimlessly at Marshall’s, one of my favorite discount home goods stores, I stumbled across a Keratin shampoo and conditioner.  I thought about all the articles I’ve read saying Keratin is great for keeping hair healthy and strong, and the ends of my hair were a bit dry, so I thought it might be worth the $12 per bottle.  Not exactly an expensive experiment, especially since my usual Aussie is $5 per bottle for approximately the same size.  So onward, for science!

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Or maybe dessert, although there isn’t any icing on this silver cake.  I’ve bought myself lovely rings from Tiffany & Co. that I wear on a daily basis (and expect to for quite some time), and the cost per use is dwindling.  I keep the boxes, ribbons and bags lined up on my window sill in my bedroom.  Although I don’t do it often, I happened to give a house tour to my guests when they arrived for a game night last month.  Later during the Game of Things, “What’s something to be jealous of” prompted a response of “Tiffany’s” and all eyes turned to me.  What?!  No!  Absolutely not me!  There’s no need to be jealous!

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How to Become a Millionaire

How to Become a Millionaire

The house, the cars, the corner desk and executive title, fancy vacations, private schools, private yachts, private jets, the glamour, the luxury, it all can become yours if you want it.  But is all that stuff really what you want out of your life?  Or is the thing you want actually the intangible quality that a millionaire has of simply not worrying about money because they have more than they need?  You don’t have to have a million dollars to be a millionaire.

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Increasing Gratitude

Increasing Gratitude

The happiest people are the ones who are the most grateful.  Gratitude increases your physical health, sleep quality, overall mood, self-esteem, mental strength, and ability to cope during difficult times.  Grateful people are more likely to have better relationships.  Anyone can become more grateful (and ultimately happier, which is what we strive for) by developing new habits.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Psychotherapist Amy Morin has suffered many personal losses and hardships, and she has helped many other people get through difficult times as well.  In her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, she fleshes out the 13 habits to avoid in order to become mentally strong.  The benefits of mental strength include a reduction of stress, an increase in your ability to handle problems, and increased confidence, leading to improved life satisfaction.


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Your Debt is Dragging You Down

Your Debt is Dragging You Down

Debt may not seem like a big deal, but having debt deeply affects your lifestyle.  Even small amounts of debt cause people to lose sleep, weigh on the mind, and can impact your relationships. Large debts can lead to large monthly payments which can lead to even more debt.  Job loss can wipe out a debt-laden family.  Even if you only have a small amount of debt, it needs to be addressed now before it becomes a big problem. 

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When Happiness Feels Elusive

When Happiness Feels Elusive

I’ve struggled with clinical depression throughout my life.  Because of this, one of my main focuses is my personal day-to-day happiness.  I’ve learned it’s always possible to find your way back to a good place, no matter how bad things get.  No matter who you are or what you’ve done, you deserve to be happy and you should allow yourself to feel good.

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The Simple Path to Wealth

The Simple Path to Wealth

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life by J.L. Collins is a great introduction to money management and financial independence.  It covers debt, savings, investing, and strategies for retirement in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.  Each topic is laid out in a very basic and straightforward way.  I found it to be a quick read full of thoughtful insights, and it made me rethink my own strategy even though I’ve been investing since age 16.

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