Dealing With Anxiety in Pregnancy

Dealing With Anxiety in Pregnancy

Dealing with anxiety in pregnancy isn’t something I had ever given much thought to before – and I had shared (more or less) all the basics of the things I know about living well with anxiety.

But of course, there’s always more to learn. In fact, every new experience offers me a choice – A) choose to learn how to deal or B) spiral into full blown prolonged panic mode. (This option comes with insomnia, depression and general lack of functioning. Woohoo!)

I used to choose option B far more often than I care to admit – but that’s because it’s hard to deal with anxiety when you don’t know how… and that’s why learning how is so important.

I know how to deal with my anxiety on a day to day basis. I can keep it under control most of the time:

I rely heavily on natural supplements to keep my anxiety at bay.
Eating properly is important.
Running is a HUGE anxiety buster for me.
Making good decisions that keep me in control (as much as possible) of my life really helps.
Turns out pregnancy blows all those things out of the water.

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What’s the Big Deal About Being “Debt-Free”?

What’s the Big Deal About Being “Debt-Free”?

From blogs chronicling their author’s debt-free journey, to a radio show that invites callers to celebrate becoming debt-free, it seems as if there is a subculture of debt-free fanatics that are challenging our “buy now, pay later” culture.

And it seems that way because there is. There is a growing debt-free community. It’s made up of people who have an “I paid off (insert crazy amount of debt) in just (insert short amount of time)” story; people who are working towards some ambitious and inspiring goal like paying off their mortgage in under ten years or retiring by forty; and people who have always been debt-free and are committed to staying that way. The debt-free subculture exists. And it’s growing.

But, perhaps you’re not convinced about the whole debt-free thing. You can manage your car payment, student loans, credit cards, and other debt just fine. You make all your payments on time, and sometimes you even pay more than the minimum amount due. That’s pretty good, right? If you’re able to “manage your payments” why is being debt-free necessary? What’s the big deal about being debt-free?

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How to Organize Your Bills

How to Organize Your Bills

This is a guest post by Matt Williams, who is a blogger and an unapologetic fighter of medical billing mistakes. He offers tips and resources for help with medical bills at sickandbroke.com

Bills, bills, bills. They are overwhelming. Every day they continue to pour in and every month you will likely receive a power bill, gas bill, your mortgage or rent, water bill, internet and cable bill, and phone bills – and that’s the least of it. How do most people handle it? How do you handle it? I know. I know what you do.

We all have that location in our kitchen, car or office. That spot where we collect the mail in the pile. We tell ourselves that we will organize it, but we just create a new pile until we have the paper version of Mount Everest.

I am going to give you some tough love right now: if you do this, you are a mess. That is right, you are a mess and you need help. You are not doing yourself any favors, and it’s time for you to get it together so you can pay your bills on time and become more organized.

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas (for People Who Live on Purpose)

New Year’s Resolution Ideas (for People Who Live on Purpose)

Need New Year’s Resolution ideas that could actually change your life?

Pick one (or two!) and make next year your best year yet. Some of these are really hard things to do. But I say do the hard things! They are they ones that need doing the most. (Just so you know, coming up with new year’s resolution ideas and then not following though with them won’t change anything, so make a plan to make sure you can follow through.)

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How to ACTUALLY keep your New Year’s Resolution this year

How to ACTUALLY keep your New Year’s Resolution this year

I sort of assumed that most of us do. I wanted a real number though, so I googled it – cus google always knows. Google shocked me a little this time. (I got you a screen shot so you can be shocked too.) It claims that NINETY-TWO PERCENT of us will fail at keeping our new year’s resolutions. Whhhhatt??

As a collective, we are THAT poor at follow through?

It would seem so. (Interesting point here – I participate in an affiliate program for BestMark – a secret shopping company – that I used to get FREE oil changes for my car (before I got a VW) – and anyone can join as a secret shopper (check it out here if you’re interested). As of today, I have had 1044 people join BestMark and EIGHT people follow through with secret shops. Follow through is a problem.)
WHY is follow through such a problem?

I believe we have good intentions. I really do. Even if 92% of us are failing all over at follow through, I think there’s a good chance that close to 100% of us intend to follow through. We just don’t.

I’m willing to bet that for most of us, our problems with it are the same.

In general: life is busy, change is hard, and there are always more pressing matters to deal with than “what we want out of life”. The path of least resistance is the path that you’ve tread down really well over the years, and it’s comfortable and easy to stay on it.

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