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9 free ways to break a “meh” mood to find happiness

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When I’m in a funk, I find that even the littlest things can perk me up and help me find happiness. When I worked in Washington, DC and was having a bad day, I would go to one of the upscale furriers and try on expensive fur coats (long before furs became so politically incorrect). These days, I’ll go to a restaurant alone for lunch and have a glass of wine or stop by the department store cosmetic counter for…

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Booking Hotels: How to Avoid Hotel Nightmares

I’ll never forget arriving at a luxury hotel in Napa to celebrate our 20th anniversary only to find that half the hotel was under construction and that the gym and spa were undergoing renovations. It was a hotel booking nightmare. I’m pretty thorough when researching hotels, especially in unfamiliar destinations. Fortunately, there was copious amounts of wine which filled time I would have spent working out or indulging in spa treatments. On another family vacation in Greece, we had selected…

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Blogging Tips: How to Better Organize Your Time as a Blogger

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1. Use a timer – I bet I’m not alone in saying managing social media is the biggest time suck in being a blogger. I have my list of tasks – liking, following, commenting, responding – and I sit down with my coffee each morning to complete it. But it never fails, morning coffee turns into lunch and I find myself sifting through recipes on Facebook and posts in Tweetchats. I finally got a handle on my time spent on…

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Being an Introvert in an Extrovert World

I am over traveling alone. I’m a travel writer, so I’m constantly on the go. My job entails visiting places and talking to people and much to my dismay, most of the time, I’m traveling alone. I’m an introvert in an extrovert world. Recently, a magazine flew me to Atlanta to cover the opening of a new hotel, and because I do love new experiences, I jumped at the chance. Shortly after I arrive, I’m scheduled to interview the celebrity…

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To My Daughter: You Can Be Anything You Want To Be

This is what I want to tell my daughter. Why? Because I am what I wanted to be. I am proof that you can be anything you want to be. I’ve crafted out the lifestyle I want to live, to love. Not one dictated by others, by a 9-5 office, or by mundane, uninteresting work. I wake up everyday and do what I want. How? Because I made it happen. I am what I want to be. My daughter is…

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Creating Your Legacy: Are You Doing the Right Things?

My kids recently lost a good friend who was tragically killed in a car accident. I did not know her well but as I read what her friends were writing about her on social media, it was clear that she had such an impact in her short 20 years of life. She was known for always being upbeat and happy. And making others laugh. Several of her friends started a Facebook group called LiveLikeLaura to celebrate her exuberance for life…

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