What is self-pity and why is it addictive?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-pity as “a self-indulgent dwelling on your own sorrows or misfortunes”.   Here are some of the reasons why self-pity is so destructive: It is addictive. You want people to feel sorry for you. It becomes a…
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How to become a better writer

When I began writing for a living,  I had an issue that hampered my progress.  Time and time again, my mindset held me back. So, what was this mindset that was so destructive? My own self-doubt.  I felt that I…
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Grammarly review for bloggers

In writing this Grammarly review for bloggers, I will offer my honest opinion based on my usage of this tool over the past few years.  Many bloggers do not have a whole team of people helping them to proofread and…
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blogging tools and resources for beginners

Blogging tools and resources for beginners

When you first start building a website, the amount of information available can be very intimidating. You may be persuaded by excellent marketers that you need to purchase all kinds of tools and resources that are not really necessary. When…
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How to make lemonade with real lemons

In Beyonce’s new album, ‘Lemonade’ she voices the well-known maxim “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. She also includes a recipe on how to make lemonade in a spoken-word segment on the album: “Take one pint of water, add…
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Love: letting go, fear and freedom

Many of us know the Khalil Gibran quote “If you love somebody, let them go ….”. We don’t usually think of applying it to letting go of our children as they begin to mature. It is perfectly natural for us…
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A present of time on Mother’s Day

When your children are small, they usually come home from school with a handmade card or special poem for Mother’s Day.  I still have the card my daughter brought home in her first year at school with her tiny hand…
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Honey with lemon: weight loss aid or not?

Many people are promoting the benefit of drinking warm water, lemon and honey in the morning on an empty stomach. They believe it boosts the metabolism and promotes weight loss. I wanted to find out for myself if this claim…
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For the love of honey

My interest in honey was piqued recently when friends presented me with some of the honey from their hive. It was still in the comb and the light, clear, floral taste was different to any other honey I had ever…
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My Fixer Upper TV show addiction

I have watched many a fixer upper TV show over the years but HGTV’s show,  Fixer Upper, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines is one of my favorites. This down-to-earth couple lives in Waco, Texas with their four children, Drake,…
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What is an affiliate marketing website?

What is an affiliate marketing website and how does it work?  There are several parties involved in the process – merchants who sell products, affiliate marketers who promote these products, and customers who buy the products. There are also some…
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How much fiber is in a banana?

Bananas are eaten by people in many different countries and it’s not hard to understand why.  They are readily available, come in a cheerful and convenient yellow package, taste sweet, are easily digested and contain lots of natural goodness. One…
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Canva: graphic design made simple

When it comes to designing graphics for your website or for posting on social media, you may find yourself at a loss.  Photoshop or Indesign are great for graphic designers but not all of us have access to these programs…
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Humble houseplants that filter air

We know the value of bringing plants into a home to add color and life. What we may not realize is how important it is to choose houseplants that filter air. Apart from being attractive and helping to bring a…
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Does exercise help your brain?

You know that exercise is good for your body but does exercise help your brain? You can see the results of exercise on your body. Your muscles are stronger and more toned. Few of us consider the benefits of exercise…
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My 5 favorite Bible verses for fear

Violence, crime, terrorism, unemployment, economic uncertainty, disease – we have an endless list of potential reasons to be fearful. However, we cannot spend our lives controlled by fear.  One of our deepest fears often relates to our families and our…
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How to be happy living alone

When you discover how to be happy living alone, it can be immensely liberating. If you live alone because you have no other option, you can choose to delight in the many advantages or you can bemoan your fate. Many…
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