Recent content by ShannonMarie

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    Catz

    When I read the title of this forum as positive discussions I immediately thought of the positive influence that cats are on the internet. So here you go, a picture of my cats!
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    Thoughts on the book "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson?

    I keep debating about getting this book too! I struggle with never feeling "enough." Like I have not done enough or accomplished enough or been good enough. I will check this book out. Thanks for the review!
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    Remembering Names Specifically

    Does anyone have any advice or tips for remembering names specifically? I feel like I can remember everything about some one except their names.
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    Workout motivation techniques??

    I totally bribe myself when I am having a tough time. I tell myself that I will give myself a dollar every time I go. Or sometimes, I set aside a larger amount if I go 5 times a week. Then I use it to buy myself something I have been wanting but could not justify usually.
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    Advice for kicking a sugar habit

    You are so right! Diabetes is one of my huge fears since it runs in my family.
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    Insight from Lady Gaga

    “When I wake up in the morning, I feel like any other insecure 24-year-old girl. Then I say,'B*tch, you're Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.” I tell myself this every time I am having a tough time getting motivated or am feeling like an imposter.
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    Book review : how to get sh*t done

    This sounds great! I totally identify with the women you used as examples and I can't wait to read it. Thanks!
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    Forming New Habits

    I highly suggest reading the book "The Power of Habits" by Charles Duhigg. It looks into both how to create habits but also the psychology of habits. It's like self-help plus cognitive behavioral therapy.
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    Listening to music while writing

    I love to listen to classical musics. Or sometimes covers of pop songs. I have a hard time writing with lyrics but if I need to be creative I usually turn on my Amy Winehouse Pandora (I know my coworkers tease me for still using pandora).
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    Trying to Save More, Spend Less

    I am on a similar journey too. It is easy to get discouraged though. I recently read the book "How to Save Money When You Dont Have Any" and they suggested not just creating a monthly budget but constantly refining it and reevaluating it. Almost like you would with your investments. It helps me...
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    Self Help Finance Book Recommendations

    I haven't read any of his stuff yet but I have heard good things about him. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    Biographies that Inspire

    I really enjoyed Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. His discussion of finding his passion for cooking as well as his addiction issues was insightful.
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    How do you discover your passion?

    Do you think that monetizing your passion devalues it? I know a ton of people who have side gigs and I could certainly use the money but I worry that by making money off of a hobby it will no longer be fun.
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    Trying to eat better

    I agree with Omar. I think the things is to just start small with swapping out some unhealthy foods for more healthy options. I also think it is important not to go all in at once. At least, I know that when I do that if I slip up even at all, I just quit all together. I also just straight up...
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    To work or not to work?

    I think that there is no right answer to this question. If you love your current job then you should certainly find a way to make that work. However, if you think that your true calling is being a full-time parent that is what you should do if you can make it work financially. If your husband...

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