You’ve probably heard the most effective way to reach your goals: Define the goal, then create a habit to support it. Make it a regular routine. Want to get stronger and fitter? Create a routine where you leave your shoes beside the bed so you can hit the gym in the morning. Want to eat

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One hour fifteen minutes from waking up to walking out the door. 20 minutes for my commute, assuming traffic was normal. In the winter, I always rode the bus. In the spring and summer, sometimes I’d allow a bit more time and walk to work. Usually, I ate lunch at my desk. Sometimes in the

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8:30pm, I’m on the couch, googling on my phone: Decluttering psychology. Decluttering mindset. Thoughtful articles about decluttering. Why is it so hard to declutter?   Hundreds of articles appear. 5 tips to declutter your bathroom! The secret method to eliminate clutter once and for all! 10 easy ways to be a minimalist without changing your life!

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Bananas! I’m wandering through the weekly market at the Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City, and my eyes fixate on piles of bananas.  I suppose there are bananas in almost every market around the world these days (thank you, global food supply.) But these bananas frustrate me. What I want to find in the market is an

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You got your results back from your AncestryDNA test … now what are you supposed to do with them? Most people immediately look to see their ethnicity estimate (you know, the part which says that you’re 28% English and 14% Eastern European etc.), excitedly tell their families, and then rarely go back to the results.

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If you want to trace your roots, you’ve got to start a family tree. Maybe it sounds dusty and boring, but building a family tree gives you the structure to start finding the ancestors, places, ingredients, and stories that help you reconnect with your past. Since I shared my own experience ancestor hunting in Horsham,

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“Hi, I’m visiting because my ancestors lived in Horsham, quite a long time ago.”  “Oh, when was that, First World War?” “More like the 1600’s…” “Oh!” It’s my first genealogy travel trip, and I’m in Horsham, West Sussex, England. I’m tracing my 11th great-grandmother Ferris Quynell, who lived in Horsham from 1587-1627.  I’m definitely questioning

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I’ve been putting off writing this post because it feels too big, and I’m not sure where to begin. Do I start with genealogy? You might be bored before I even begin. DNA? Too scientific. Ancestral memory? Too woo. So let’s start with me, spitting in a tube. Last year I took an Ancestry DNA

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It’s a Thursday afternoon. My to-do list is a mile long. I really should be focusing on bringing in new clients for my business. And I’m sitting in the grass in the park, soaking up the bright sunshine. Reading a book.   Pleasure? Yes!  Guilt?  In waves. Sitting in the sun is intensely pleasurable for

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