When life hurts...

When life hurts...

I had a friend send me a message on Facebook recently "my heart just hurts," she said. I cried as I read it and I wanted to reach through the screen and hold her hand. 

My sweet friend has been through a rough couple of years. Her life has been turned completely upside-down through no fault of her own. I don't relate to what she is going through, but I do relate to that feeling of "life just hurts." 

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Learning to say no (because you can't do it all)

Learning to say no (because you can't do it all)

Something happened to me last year. I think I went crazy. I started saying yes every time someone asked me to do something. I said yes to every volunteer event, committee, party, obligation and "opportunity" that came my way. It was like I lost the ability to say no. 

Sigh. Then I found myself stressed out, exhausted, moody (okay, okay, moodier than usual... which is REALLY saying something) and dreading everything I had said yes to. 

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7 things millennials should know about money

7 things millennials should know about money

Do you ever go through periods of reflection? Sometimes during certain parts of the year, I think about where I was at this point one year ago, five years ago or even 10 years ago. 

Ten years ago I was a newlywed, fresh out of college and I had just bought my first house. This turned out to be a HUGE mistake. If I could go back and shake some sense into myself, I would in a heartbeat. 

But I can't. So instead I am going to share a few things I want people in their 20's to understand about money. 

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Tips for photographing toddlers (and small children)

Tips for photographing toddlers (and small children)

I am pretty sure I have photographed my children every day since they were born. Well, almost every day. 

If your child is anything like mine they are constantly in motion. I have lots of blurry photos, lots of pictures of the back of my child's head and lots of pictures of him crying because I made him sit still. 

And while I am NOT a professional photographer and have no desire to photograph anyone other than my family I have picked up a few tricks for photographing a toddler or young child.

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How to be less busy: 5 tips to reclaiming your time and getting your life back

How to be less busy: 5 tips to reclaiming your time and getting your life back

Do you ever feel like you’re long on to do and short on time? I have spent so many months, years even, feeling that way. It wasn’t until recently that I came to fully understand the amount of control I actually did have over my time and how I spent it.

In fact, it seems like that is one of the things that I do have near-complete control over. Sure, I have small children and a husband, a business, and obligations. There is a mortgage and tummies that need to be fed, diapers that need to be changed. I get all of that.

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How to make money selling your broken iPhone (and other tech)

How to make money selling your broken iPhone (and other tech)

Last spring I broke my cell phone. I had taken it out of the case to clean it and then left it on the back of the couch when it slipped and fell face down on the floor, shattering the screen. 

While it was totally my fault and I did feel frustrated, I had gotten the phone for free so I didn't feel too bad. And I knew I could sell my broken iPhone for some quick cash. 

Earlier when my laptop fizzled out after years of use I was able to sell it for top dollar. 

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