Life After Five

Baby Steps: Making Changes For the New Year

My brother got engaged to his girlfriend this weekend. He had called me up back in September, saying that he thought it might be something around the corner. He asked me what I thought, and I said what many protective older sis...

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The Single Biggest Budget Buster & How to Avoid it This Year

As you did your review of your money in 2013 as suggested in step one of my Year-End Checklist, what did you notice about where your money went? Most likely as you reviewed each month’s spending, there was always somethi...

A Year from Now

On the Gym and New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

t seemed to me that 2013 was the year of fitness and health among my friends…and pretty much everything I read in the media. Friends I’d had for years became runners–like, real runners. They ran 5K’s and...


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Do Something New in 2014

Yay! New Years Day is one of my favorite holidays. No, no, not just for the drinking. I love resolutions! Even if most people only stick to them for a little while, the idea of making yourself better and thinking about your fut...

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Positive Resolutions

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I hope 2013 has treated you all well. We all know that many, if not most, New Years Resolutions seem to disappear by March.  When we realize that we haven’t met our Resolutions, disappointme...

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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

I’m not a big fan of the holidays — as a matter of fact…I dread the season. Once the Halloween decorations go up, I keep me head low, grit my teeth, and pray for January 2. Thus far, the holiday season served up a...


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Easy Ways to Eat Healthier

Are you ready for 2014? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Like most people, you probably want to lose weight, work out more, and eat healthier? Research from the University of Scranton show that more than 40% of Americans...

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How to Craft & Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The end of the year has a way of reminding all of us where we fall short in our lives. Whether you are experiencing challenges at work, making your way through finals, or simply overwhelmed by the chaos of the holiday season, e...

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5 Career Boosts for Your Holiday Break

Woohoo! Vacation! Who doesn’t love vacation? Nobody. The bad news is that it always goes too fast, right? If you’re like me, you will get to the last day of the break, look back, and think, “What did I even DO...


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Do You Have The, “Gift of Gab?”

In case you didn’t know, I’m Italian—seriously, was my last name not a dead giveaway? At the risk of sounding stereotypical, let me share with you that I have the “gift of gab” and I attribute that to being Italian. Y...