Perfectionism and the Case of the Over-Thinking Weedeater

| October 31, 2011

The drought and my lack of watering have killed most of my lawn, and I cancelled my lawn service. I realized that I needed to stop paying someone to mow dead grass. A month later, I realized the remaining grass clumps were growing and needed to be mowed. Instead of calling a lawn service, I decided I would buy a weedeater and just “mow” my clumps. Easy!

My New Favorite Apps

| October 28, 2011

I’ve been playing with newly discovered apps on my iPad and iPhone. So here’s the lowdown… (Editions, JibJab Jr., Sherwin Williams Color Snap, Notesy, Gas Buddy, Vlingo.)

Checking Your List for the Holidays

| October 24, 2011

Halloween is next week, and soon enough, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas will be nipping at our heels.

It’s okay to give some thought to your holiday gift-giving now before trick-or-treaters arrive on our doorsteps. Here’s how to get a jump on the holiday season:

Start With the End in Mind

| October 10, 2011

One of my doctors at work waved the small card listing Stephen Covey’s Seven Effective Habits in front of me. “See this?” he asked. “Let me tell you why I don’t like it.” “Okay,” I replied with great curiosity. “What’s wrong with the list?” “This one says ‘Start with the End in Mind.’ I don’t know what the end is so how can I start with the end in mind?” Good point. How can you start with the end in mind if you don’t know what it is? … If you’re not sure what your goals are, create a vision board and see what comes up for you.

The X Factor: Are you wasting your gifts?

| October 7, 2011

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a rock star. Just one little problem. I can’t sing to save my life. So with a serious lack of singing talent, I had to develop my other interests in writing, reading, history, art, interior decorating and listening to music.

How to Change Your Bank Without Stressing (Too Much)

| October 5, 2011

When the Bank-Who-Won’t-Be Named announced they were adding fees for using our debit cards, consumers have been quick to express anger … What banks are counting on to keep your business is that switching banks is a pain in the butt. But you can make the process much easier with a little organization.