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In this time of spring when nature is showing us how to shed the old and produce anew, I’ve decided to stop writing blog articles, newsletters, and making routine social media posts…at least for now.

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Do you ever associate a heaviness with a moment or a person or a project? What do you do to suspend the weight? I find Aldous Huxley’s words profoundly useful in helping me to be less serious.

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This time last year I committed to a daily meditation practice that I’ve gratefully been able to maintain thanks to how I’ve stacked my habits and made use of a meditation app called headspace.

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How did I finally start my capsule wardrobe?

  • I got inspired by others.
  • I procrastinated.
  • I dared to be someone.

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The antithesis of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, Lena Dunham (Girls creator) recently told LinkedIn readers she’ll say no more this year…

Don’t Take it Personally When I Tell You “No.” I’m Using it On Everyone This Year

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When it comes to declaring year-long commitments, we Americans thrive. Keeping resolutions, however, can be a struggle.

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Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic, told The New York Times, “In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma.”

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Balancing Life Work

How are you balancing life & work? Does taking a break work? I find National Book Award and poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver’s words inspiring for a regenerating day off tomorrow.

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Wondering what to buy that productivity-obsessed person in your life? Ready to arm yourself with something you love to help establish good habits at the office? Now through Sunday get up to 25% off most everything in the Evernote Market.

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Last week the folks at The Energy Project included this in their newsletter…

“Encourage your employees to show their appreciation for each other in a positive way every day. By promoting a workplace culture where all individuals are shown that the work they do is recognized, appreciated, and valued, happiness and productivity levels in your organization will thrive, and you will be able to sustainably engage your workforce.”

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