5 Random Acts of Kindness

Would you like to do something nice for someone you love this weekend? I’d like to do something nice for you —  if you agree to pass it on.

I’m going to give away five copies of my new guides (the full set), The Bold Living Guides, to five people who agree to pass on a copy to someone they care about. You can keep a copy for yourself,  and I’ll  send a copy to your  loved one in your name as a surprise.

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Before You Start Your Weekend, Read This

“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” ~John Shirley

Remember when you were in school and Friday would arrive?

There was that sense of glorious freedom and anticipation.

Something fun was waiting for you, and the 3:00 bell was the only thing standing in your way.

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8 Life Lessons to Teach Your Parents

“And you, of tender years/ Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by/ And so please help them with your youth/ They seek the truth before they can die.” ~Graham Nash, from the song Teach Your Children

A guest post by Jon Giganti of 1440.

Editors Note: As I’ve created my blog and built my online business, I constantly realize how much there is to learn — and that most of the brilliant teachers are years younger than me. In fact, my entire lifestyle outlook has shifted as a result of connecting with these younger online experts. I asked Jon to write a post about what he believes his generation can teach those older than he is. Here’s what he has to say.

It’s 1940. My parents haven’t been born yet. They’re soon to be part of the baby boomer generation and grow up in an age of many changes. TV’s, moon landings, leisure suits, Rock n Roll, Vietnam.

Many in this generation came from immigrant parents (as did mine).

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How to Lighten Up

“Man, unlike the animal, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.” ~Samuel Butler

I love my work. I really love it deep down in my bones and could sit at my computer all day writing and creating and connecting with other people.

Yes, I realize how wonderful it is to feel passionate about my work, but I’m also learning how important it is to step away from it — frequently.

A healthy lifestyle requires balance, which means we have to lighten up sometimes.

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A Proven 10-Step Guide To Having More Fun In Your Life

Fun is underrated.

As adults, our lives are complicated and often very serious.

We are involved in the serious business of grown-up stuff.

We work hard. We support our families. We worry about money and higher prices.

We fret about the condition of the world, politics, our children. We have endless chores and tasks without much time for fun.

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26 Ways To Savor Life Rather Than Waste It

“Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.” ~Wayne Dyer

How much of your time do you spend fretting, worrying about the past or the future, doing things you don’t like, or frittering away time with mind-numbing activities?

Think about it for a moment, and be honest.

Are you an over-thinker?

Do you create endless to-do lists?

Do you spend lots of time watching TV or surfing the net?

Do you work too hard or too long?

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In The Face Of Holiday Chaos, Take A Stand For Simplicity

Next week it begins. The wild ride on the runaway locomotive known as the holiday season.

After Halloween, there is a brief lull when we can breathe and just live. In these few weeks, I have enjoyed watching the leaves change color, fall off the trees, and blow around in the air like free spirits.

I have enjoyed the quietude of cooler temperatures and shorter days.

But come next Thursday, “let the wild rumpus begin!” — as Maurice Sendak writes.

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How To Design Your Own Life of Adventure

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

This is a guest post by Jasmine Stephenson of An Apple a Day.

My name is Jasmine. I graduated from the University of South Florida at the age of 21 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

While going to school full time, I participated in extracurricular activities and worked full time at a law firm. After receiving my diploma, I moved to Arizona.

I found a great job at another law firm. I had my own apartment, and a dog.

Sounds pretty normal, right?

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