Personal Growth

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Finding balance in this unbalanced world is key.

Feeling stuck? Stressed? Worried where your life is heading? You’re not alone. Let’s face it, these are complicated times and money issues aren’t the only problems people face in day-to-day living. That’s why we occasionally dip into our collective well of life experience and offer up ideas to keep moving forward. We hope you find something useful in the articles below, but whether you do or not, please feel free to share your comments and ideas.

Remember, life is a journey, and that makes us all fellow travelers. Whenever you find you’re feeling most depressed or alone, try to reach out. Chances are you’ll discover that openly expressing your feelings and thoughts allows you the opportunity to build deeper, more profound relationships. Good luck!  – JB


The articles below are listed in alphabetical order.


Running like the wind with my dog.


6 Strategies For Overcoming Outrage

More and more people are using the internet to express their outrage.  Here’s a little secret: It’s not going to make you feel any better.  Try these 6 real ideas for overcoming the stress of pent up anger.

Here's how to be happy. Or not!


15 Rules Guaranteed To Lead To Happiness. Or Not!

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, personal growth isn’t always about being serious. Sometimes, you need a good laugh to move forward. See what we mean by reading this post.

Virtual paper.


109 Ideas For Tuning Up The Soul

Here’s a long list for reconnecting to the real world and finding peace in a world of technology.

A key to finding happiness.


A Key Secret To Finding Happiness

Do you blow up without warning? Ever wonder why? Find out and and learn how to build a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Reconnect to nature.


A Walk On The Beach

Maybe all you need is a break.  Why not grab your hat and join me on a walk to these awe-inspiring sites?  A photo essay.

Emotional luggage takes a hefty toll on our ability to achieve goals.


Achieving Goals: Shuck Your Emotional Baggage

Are you able to accomplish goals and resolutions? Do you have a few items on your agenda you never seem to get to? It could be you have some emotional baggage getting in the way. Find out how to deal with it.

Are the best plans spontaneous?


Are The Best Plans Spontaneous?

Are you laid back and carefree or a planner?  Have you wanted to be different?




Do you find yourself in arguments that go around and around. Maybe it’s time to agree to disagree and embrace diversity.

Are you fighthing with your partner?

Love & Money

Eyes Wide Open: Avoiding Financial Disaster

Money can be the source of much strife and misunderstanding in a relationship.  It’s best to be honest, open, and foster an environment of mutual respect and trust.  Isn’t it high time you talked to your partner about money?

5 strategies for building success.

Fighting Fair

Fighting Fair: Improving Troubled Relationships

Has your relationship taken a turn for the worst?  Or is it fine and you want to keep it that way.  Check out these 5 steps to help build and maintain long-term trust.

A wave crashing on the beach.


Finding Balance In Nature

Rediscover the beauty of nature. A photo essay.

Meet up with a real friend. You won't be sorry.


Friends, Friendship And The Internet

If you’re seeking more meaningful relationships, there’s a good reason why you won’t find them online.

A wedding in a garden.


Great Savings Tip #80: Cut your wedding down to size. 

Unless you’ve got money to blow, don’t get caught up in piling up debt for your big day.  Here are 20 proven strategies for saving money on your wedding.

Museums are amazing.

Free Stuff

*Great Savings Tip #86: Think free entertainment.

Can’t afford to make changes in your life?  Are you sure?  Here are 26 ideas to keep you and your family entertained for free.

14 suggestions for getting a good night's sleep.


Help I Can’t Get To Sleep

Feeling tired and cranky?  Here are 14 suggestions for getting the rest you need.

Build on your success.

What hope?

Hope For A Brighter Future

Times may be bad, but let’s put it in perspective.  This is about taking a longer view.

There are many different possibilities.


Kick Starting Impossible Success

Anyone can succeed if they put their mind to it. Are you ready to try?

Will there be a junction around the corner?


Life’s Journey: Tracking Right

Do you ever play that what-if game?  You know, the one where you wonder would might have happened if you’d just made a different choice way back when.  Our choices do matter, though not always in ways we expect they should.  Here’s how it turned out for “Sam” and “Richard”.

I love you, Dad.


My Dad The Rock

When you think about your current troubles, it’s good to remember today is just a part of a much bigger journey.  That’s why I wanted to write a tribute to my Dad, the man’s who has been there for me through thick and thin.

My Life With MS.


My Life With MS

Inspiration often comes from watching the day-to-day struggle of those we love.  Here’s a true story from one whose ongoing struggle with the disease continues.  It’s a good reminder to be grateful for what we have and to never give up.

Mom really enjoyed tulips this time of year.


My Mom Has Alzheimer’s

I never expected life to turn out this way, and I’m struggling with it.  I can still touch and visit Mom, but talking is a different thing—this woman is a distant echo of her former self.

I started of list of things I thought I never wanted to try.

Bucket List

My Reverse Bucket List

I’ve often dismissed doing certain things in life—like bungee jumping or parachuting.  I just don’t see the risk worth the potential reward.  However, some things are less life threatening and I’ve still ruled them out.  Maybe it’s time to rethink things.

Two dogs getting to know each other.

Meeting people.

Overcoming Shyness: 9 Tips For Making Conversation

If you struggle to make small talk in new situations you’re not alone.  Check out these tips for starting better conversations.

Maybe it's time to do something different.

5 Keys

Real Help With Weight Loss

You can lose weight and keep it off. Here are 5 keys to help. Part I of our series.

The sun sets on another gorgeous day at the beach.


Recharge, Refresh, Energize

When was the last time you took a vacation?  Vacations are a great way to reflect on things and reconnect with people you love and the world all around.  Come along and see what I learned on my last trip.

My list of things to do is a major source of stress.


Releasing The Bonds That Tie

Feeling stuck?  Are there moments when you feel as if your hands and feet are literally bound?  Maybe it’s time to make an integrity checklist.

Like birds on a wire we all have certain ties that bind.


Seneca: All Life Is Slavery

Are we all really slaves as Seneca’s words first seem to imply?  Or is he really telling us that no matter where we come from we all have our burdens?  Understanding the difference is what gives us power to change.

Are you sure you want to send that?


Stop! Don’t Send That Email!

Are you mad or upset with someone you know and tempted to send an email? Don’t! Seriously, you may end up worse off than you are right now. Here are 10 reasons email is a poor choice when it comes to communicating.


Meditating on a cloud


Telomerase & Meditation

There’s recent evidence to suggest meditation creates physical changes in our bodies that help to reduce stress.  Here’s some ideas for getting started.

One minute they're fine and the next they break up.

Break Ups

They’re Breaking Up? Oh, No!

When a close friend breaks up it’s not uncommon to feel loss. Here are some things to consider as you adjust to the new reality.

Feeling blue?


The 12 Ways I Manage Stress

You don’t just have to take it.  Here are 12 ideas for managing stress.  Believe me, your mind and body will thank you.

I'm happier when I go with the flow.


The Difficulty Embracing Change

Do you find change hard?  I do, and yet change is really the only true constant in life.

Have a cup of Joe and then start working on your list.

Big Picture

The Time Lifeline: Planning For A Brighter Future

If resolutions or goals don’t work for you, maybe it’s because they don’t go far enough.  A better approach may be to look at life from a big picture perspective.  A Time Lifeline gives you all the information you need to turn dreams into realities.

Chicka Wins An Award


The Ways We Express Gratitude

Expressing gratitude is the path toward a richer, fuller life.

Acheiving goals is possible.

6 Tips

Turning Dreams Into Reality: Setting Goals

If you’re feeling stuck the way out may be as simple as making better goals—goals designed to help you succeed. Here are six tips worth trying.

Do you fall into the judgment trap?


The Judgment Trap

Don’t let feelings of low-self esteem affect your relationship with others. Learn how to get out of the judgment trap.

Do you life on autopilot?

Being Present

The Magic Of Full Consciousness

This article explores what full-consciousness and “living in the moment” entail.  By staying more present focused we find a means to let go of future-based stress and anxiety.  Full consciousness is thus an important means to achieve greater happiness and inner harmony in life.

It's impossible to fit a square peg into a round hole without changing the equation.


Time To Shift Your Paradigm

Are you doing the same thing over and over, finding it doesn’t work, but still expecting a different result?  Maybe it’s time you changed the equation.  Discover why your perception of things matter to your situation, why your perception may be off, and then try this method for getting unstuck.

Boxes are observable.

Honor Bound?

Unbind The Chains And Unlock The Locks

Do you feel a sense of duty or burden that ties you to a situation you loathe?  Do you feel there is no way out?  Learn about the forces in play and discover this 7 step technique for getting out of your box.




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