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Lifestyle, Personal

Difficult Decisions that Paid Off

Some decisions are easy to make – like taking an exciting new job or buying your dream home. Others are challenging and push you to limits. Thankfully some of the hard decisions that I made have paid off. I often get asked why I did something or how I pulled a task off. It’s not always easy for me to give a step by step because I tend to be very “in the moment” when I’m moving through life. One thing I know without doubt is that when something isn’t working in my favor (job, relationship, whatever) – I change it to put myself in a better position. Here’s a small peek into things I’ve done that have propelled my life. Continue Reading

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Business Tips, Lifestyle

Getting Started When Motivation is Gone

That feeling when you’ve hit your stride. You’re slaying goals and already have future benchmarks planned out. You’re eating healthy, your skin is flourishing and so is your hair. Everything is just coasting along smoothly…

And then it’s not. Life is full of highs and lows and every now and then you have to rest. I said rest not QUIT. Finally you have that moment when you decide that enough is enough and you’re ready to get back on the bull and keep going towards your goals. Yet, nothing happens. You have no creative juice left and while you may have moments of sparks you can’t wrap your head around them enough to make sense of it all.

Here’s what you can do about it. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Gift Ideas for Planner Fanatics

Before I got into using planners a few years back  I had no clue how large the community was. Planning is more than just another hobby. For many people it’s a way of life because it gives them control over their time, which in turn decreases anxiety and scatterbrain. If you have a planner in your life trust me when I say there’s really no such thing as too many accessories for them.

They already have all kinds of planner related crap! What more could they possibly want?

Well my friend, I’m so glad that you asked. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Don’t File Your Tax Return Until You Consider These Tax Breaks

Some people look forward to January and large refunds but there are a lot of folks – like me – who’ll put off filing a return until the April deadline. Whichever end of the spectrum you fall on, there are some things to take into consideration before filing your return and most of them need to be done by 12/31 in order to be honored by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Gift Ideas for the Homebody

If you’re at all like me, you start thinking about gift ideas long before it’s time to even pass them out – no matter the occasion. Christmas will be here in a jiffy! I’ve already explained before why us homebodies are so awesome to have as friends/family. If you want to get us them something meaningful this holiday season, the good news is that we’re usually easy to please in the gift department. Keep in mind that homebodies just love making a house into a home. It’s a place of refuge and rejuvenation for us and for anyone who visits. Continue Reading

Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Real Ways to Self Care

If you’ve been reading The Quirk Life for awhile, then you might already know that I started seeing a therapist. She’s taught me a lot – like, that I had become so indulgent in my work that I didn’t take much time for myself. But my therapist kept instilling in me that I needed to take better care of myself.

This is a truth that’s over represented in the lives of people that I know. How can we do better? Continue Reading

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Lifestyle, Personal

Why I Stopped Going to Church

So yesterday was Easter Sunday. I was raised in church all my life and was even faithful until a year and a half ago. Grandma consistently asks me if I’ve been going to church though and yesterday was no different. If the title of this post doesn’t give you a clue – no I didn’t go to church for Easter.

I haven’t hopped on the bandwagon of people who are too “woke”for church. I’m not even going to use the reasoning that I’m a Millennial and so forward thinking even though it’s true. The fact is that people keep asking me why I stopped going. I used to be a Jesus fanatic (seriously my Facebook memories about this fact are so annoying). I invited people to church often and they actually came. But that’s not the case anymore and here’s why. Continue Reading

Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Easy Ways to Eliminate Negativity

I admit that I can be a moody little wench. But one thing I get a lot from people is that I’m “happy go lucky” and “positive.” Awww thanks guys.

I’m sure that this is partly my nature. But a lot of it comes from practice. If you’re surrounded by drama and negativity, it’s only natural that you’ll become stressed. You start to see the world differently and not in a good way. Once you get into a negative mindset it’s not easy to break out of it. But today I’m going to share 6 easy ways to remove drama from your life so that you can have a peaceful mental state. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Productivity Boosting Practices

February is basically O-V-E-R. I know a lot of people don’t do the resolution thing anymore, but we all should have goals to reach by the end of the year. The excitement has died down all over my news feeds. I don’t see as many positive affirmations or confident posts about the year’s accomplishments to come.

Yeah I know life gets in the way sometimes. But guess what? It always will if you let it. It’s been awhile since I talked about productivity.

If you’ve lost the momentum to follow through on the plans you made earlier this year I have some ideas that could change that. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

12 Tips to Boost Your Credit Score

New year new…credit score? I certainly hope so!

Now is a great time to start working on fixing blemishes on your credit if you have any. I didn’t have anyone sit me down and talk to me about what things affected my score, what a good/bad score was, how to increase my score, etc. So I got my first credit card at 18 and handled it very irresponsibly. I learned the hard way how having a bad score can WILL hang a dark cloud over your ability to prosper in life. Fortunately I started straightening up my act and making better financial decisions.

Here’s what I’ve learned while improving my credit score… Continue Reading