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Articles by Marie Vonow (follow)
321 Articles
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I am a lover of life who collects literary quotes and owl ornaments. I like to question things and try to see both sides of the picture. When I am out and about I like to take photos of beautiful, interesting or quirky things I see and particularly love street art.
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How do you get the right information? Where do you go to get up to date, accurate information that...
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When I was a child time seemed to pass too slowly in some situations
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Words come and go
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Do you know when you are happy? How do you work out what makes you happy? Perhaps you just know be...
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Gardening is a great hobby
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As I sit in my comfortable home I think back to my childhood and teenage years
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Sometimes I enjoy eating alone
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There is so much advice around today
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Sometimes it is a relief to find a new home for something you no longer need
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Language keeps changing
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While looking for something quite unrelated on the internet, I came across words we never hear now...
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Gardening is good for us, physically and emotionally
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There have been plenty of times I have wondered if I would ever be done with decluttering
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The names of some phobias are pretty easy to work out and others aren't
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The title intrigued me and I was compelled to open this book
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We've heard of yuppies, they've been around since the 1980s
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Okay, if I tell you JOMO is the opposite of , do you understand what I am talking about? Accordin...
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I find acronyms interesting, well not all of them but quite a few
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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Or like me, do you find you have some extrovert traits and s...
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Perhaps you like the idea of writing articles for Self Avenue but just can't think what to write a...
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These days many people need to do courses and updates or whole new qualifications throughout their...
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Sometimes it is difficult to get and stay motivated
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In this day and age there is so much information around us
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Libraries have changed a great deal over the years and most of these changes have improved them
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About eighteen months ago I decided to see if I could manage without a car
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The world of study has changed a great deal over the past few decades
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I had never heard of 'nappiness' until two days ago
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**What is a sense of humour?** The Macmillan English Dictionary simply says a sense of humour is ...
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I read recently of the concern today's youth feel about their ability to deal with stress
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Change, especially big changes can be stressful
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A person can be alone much of the time but not feel lonely
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Often when we here the word 'alone' we think of someone who is lonely and has no family or friends...
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I don't live in the UK but I read Saturday March 11th is their second 'Clear Your Clutter Day'
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The word frugal means 'spending very little money and only on things that are really necessary' ac...
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Gelophobia is also called geliophobia or gelotophobia
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Okay, so spiders and scorpions are arachnids
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Having a sense of humour helps you get through some tough times and can make the good times even b...
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The full quote from religious leader, Dieter F Uchtdorf is, 'In **family relationships**, love is ...
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Have you ever heard yourself say something along the lines of, 'Can't stop now, I'm crazy busy'? And...
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When you read, 'Decluttering Can Be Like Peeling An Onion,' you may have wondered if that is because...
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Recently I read an article where an artist said she was not interested in 'the perfect print' and ...
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Sometimes we have interactions with someone who seems rude, thoughtless or self-centred
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Have you ever come across someone you know only to find them looking at you blankly as if they hav...
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Last night I was reading in bed
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Today I intended a local swap group which has been set up for the purpose of swapping produce, fru...
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Decluttering is generally considered a 'good' thing these days
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Today has been 41C
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Every year I make new year's resolutions
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The decluttering process can take a long time, even years
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Sometimes I write by hand and other times I use the computer
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Christmas is just around the corner and that means some are going into panic overdrive
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The irrational fear of birds is known as ornithophobia
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These days one often hears or reads advise about aiming high, planning big things and not being co...
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We are all individuals and enjoy different things
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I recently came across an advertisement for a way to become more connected with others in the loca...
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The end of the day is a good time to think about all the good things in one's life
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Some people set themselves high standards and feel they should be achieving more and doing better ...
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**Promotional Materials** When I sort a drawer to declutter I sometimes come across promotional...
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Recently a friend and I held a joint garage sale
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I have learnt many things from various sources over the years
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The other afternoon I boarded a busy train full of people heading home after work
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Most people are familiar with the saying, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
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It is easy to accumulate many things associated with Christmas that can end up as clutter
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Making your own Christmas presents can be satisfying and a part of the whole Christmas experience...
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I have read numerous articles about decluttering one's collection of clothes and accessories
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Some people choose to make some of the presents they give at Christmas time
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The Christmas season is a busy time, talk about stating the obvious
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It is possible to have a phobia about anything
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Some people like to have lots of furniture in their house, feeling it adds to a cosy vibe
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It's not surprising to hear working on tricky word or number puzzles is beneficial to the brain
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A way to make money one often reads about is to hold a garage sale
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I enjoy many things that are free
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It is easy to take all sorts of pleasures for granted
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Many people enjoy looking at the plants in their garden
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With the start of spring we are having some lovely weather when the outdoors beckons us to go for ...
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Writing has some advantages over many other hobbies
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The beginning of spring is an idyllic time in my part of the world
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It can seem that being a mother isn't valued a great deal by today's society
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Yesterday morning I went to the local Farmers' Market
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This weekend I attended the local writers' festival and have come home inspired
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Some writers use their writing as a tool to deal with personal issues and they have no desire to p...
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Health issues which lead to not being able to continue your job, negative interactions with anothe...
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I usually have a positive approach to life
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When someone has an item they no longer need they may wonder if they should try to get a few dolla...
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At first glance one could expect chromophobia to be an irrational fear of objects made of chrome
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Green is the colour of grass, healthy evergreen trees and is associated with Nature
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Sometimes I wonder if books, newspapers and magazines in physical paper form will be around in dec...
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Purple is a colour traditionally associated with royalty and luxury
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Nature is great at relieving stress and making one feel relaxed
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As I write this it is early June and therefore officially winter
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You may be passionate about writing but still suffer from writer's block
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These days there are many ways to learn something new or add to your existing knowledge
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It started when I was reading a book about frugality and whether an item is essential or a luxury...
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Many modern therapies or self help treatments for various psychological issues involve some form o...
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According to research, experiencing that sense of wonder referred to as **awe** is good for your he...
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Many people find the colour blue calming and restful
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Yellow has a positive, happy-go-lucky image for many people
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The other day I read that if a person wears bright yellow underwear they will feel happier
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We often hear people say they will be happy %%when%% or %%if%%
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We often don't appreciate the great things on our own doorstep
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Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, teacher and politician who lived between 551 and 479BC said, ...
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It has rained off and on all day and although some may have found this depressing, I enjoyed the d...
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I enjoy a cappuccino when I go out but not all are created equal
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The other day when I was in Adelaide I saw the words,'That "Love Thy Neighbour" thing
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I have to admit I am not super quick to accept new technology
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Some aspects of what is considered good manners have changed over the last few decades
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I started thinking about how manners have changed over the course of my lifetime and that led me t...
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I was looking at Pinterest when I came across the following quote which caught my attention, 'You’...
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Mother's Day is fast approaching
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I like to use my own images for the articles I write
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With another long weekend on the horizon I got talking to a young woman about ways to spend the br...
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It is easy to have one's mind on all the things one has to achieve this week and on the things one...
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Today I spent time doing something I rarely do these days
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summarised some of the health issues which can result from a constant stressed feeling brought ab...
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I recently came across the term 'Rushing Woman's Syndrome' in a magazine
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About eighteen months ago I held a garage sale and stated I would %%never%% hold another one becau...
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It can be interesting to have a record of things that happened, sights we saw and how we felt in t...
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If you have to make a decision or work through something that is bothering you, what do you find i...
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I saw some words of wisdom the other day which got me thinking about mistakes
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Recently I came across a quote from Steven Furtick, an American pastor and author
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When I was younger I wished I was perfect
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Verbophobia comes from the Latin word, %%verbo%% meaning words and %%phobia%%, the Greek word for ...
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When I am walking down a street in a shopping area or wandering through a mall I always stop to read...
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Some people find it difficult to say that tiny word, 'No'
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Sometimes you feel the need to talk about a matter that is on your mind
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Autophobia is not the fear of cars or automobiles
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When I saw the word 'agmenophobia' in a magazine I was intrigued
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One day I was out exploring when I came across a secondhand shop called %%Some Days Are Diamonds%%...
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I find it ironic that many inventions which are supposed to save us time or make life easier often...
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When I go out for coffee in a cafe on my own I like to read any newspapers or magazines that are a...
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Do you have a phobia? The definition of 'phobia' varies a little depending on the source you consu...
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What is a quick way to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, reduce fatigue and boost your immune...
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Soon another year will be over and a new one will begin
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Dr Seuss questions, 'How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon
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I believe it is important to do things to start your day in a happy frame of mind to set the tone fo...
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Some people will soon be having a holiday break and are planning to spend time unwinding after Chris...
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This morning I discovered an acronym I hadn't encountered previously, NETTEL
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Has a stranger ever helped you out or performed an act of kindness that you have never forgotten? ...
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My favourite way of communicating with people is face-to-face
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It is probably easier to start the day in a happy mood if you are a morning person with no children ...
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There are many factors that work together to make each of us the person we are today
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With the start of yet another new year just around the corner, many people are thinking about new ...
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I know I benefit from breaking my routine and doing something different
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Many aspects of life are expensive
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Most people are familiar with the Latin saying 'Carpe Diem' which is often translated to mean 'seize...
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The ‘flight or fight’ reaction is often mentioned when talking about how humans respond to stress
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There are moods we consider positive and others we look upon as negative
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The quality of things in our lives is important
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Today I came across a shop called 'Nature Gifts'
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When I was in Adelaide today I decided to spend some time in the Botanic Garden
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I enjoy cooking and it is fun to try out a new recipe
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I believe I am getting the clutter that tends to build up in my house under control
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I am so glad I learnt to read
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Most people who own a mobile phone/device have experienced that sinking feeling of realising they ...
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When I take photos I usually focus on something positive, something I consider beautiful or inspir...
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Sometimes it is easy to find topics to write about
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Words have always interested me
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In this day and age everyone needs a car, don't they? We all have places to go and people to see
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**Nature relatedness** is the way an individual reacts to and connects on an emotional level with ...
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These days we are often told to look after our own needs first
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Speaking from the perspective of a middle aged woman, I think it is not surprising many of us some...
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I feel rich today and it has little to do with money
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There was a time in my life when I had no money worries
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I walked to the local Sunday market this morning
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Some people get their feelings hurt easily
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As I write this, it is the fifth day of spring
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It is great to have friends of various ages rather than just those who are around your own age
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What is the definition of ‘friend’? My Heinemann Australian Dictionary says,’ any person whom one ...
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We have probably all come up against problems which revolve around not having enough of something...
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Some people believe they will be happier when they get a new house, new car, promotion or pay rise...
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Today I was thinking about presents I have received over the years that I have particularly apprec...
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Everyone has their own idea of what they consider to be a treat
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There is a lot of pressure to look younger than you are
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Sometimes I get frustrated with myself for taking too long to make a decision
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Okay, so I am not about to sign up for dance classes
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Many of the things listed as contributing to making people happy come as no surprise to me as I wr...
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It is easy to access information these days
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I love flowers, all sorts of flowers
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As a writer you choose what you share with others
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There are numerous ways to boost creativity
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Do you wish you were generally more creative? Would you call yourself a creative person but have d...
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There are times when one may feel there isn’t much to feel gratitude for
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Modern society encourages us to shop, often for items we could live without
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I love quotes and have a collection of those that resonate with me
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I hate moving house and find it stressful
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I find words fascinating
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Some people talk about the value of visualisation when faced with a task that invokes feelings of ...
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I like winter, but then it is easy for me to feel happy about this time of the year
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One of my favourite quotes is, ‘Learn to listen
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Do you ever feel like you are a mouse on one of those exercise wheels and the faster you run the...
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You smile when you feel happy but sometimes you can feel happy when you make a conscious effort to...
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Colouring in books for adults are a current trend
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It can be difficult to forgive and forget or ‘let go’ of old hurts
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Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Did you find it less or more intimidating than a...
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The topic of clutter is frequently discussed in magazine articles and on the internet
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As has been said many times, we are all different, we are all individuals
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Recently I came across something I wrote three or four years ago
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Many people fear becoming middle aged
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This morning I was driving home from buying groceries when I decided to list ten things I felt g...
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Every writer has their own way of getting motivated to create a piece of writing
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We hear the word ‘stress’ frequently these days and many see it as an inevitable part of modern li...
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There are many events that can cause people to feel stressed
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It is important for the body to react to dangerous situations by activating the flight or fight r...
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I like to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative
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What does ‘individuality’ mean? My old Heinemann Australian Dictionary says, ‘The particular char...
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Sometimes I don’t want to try an activity because it isn’t ‘my thing’
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It is nice when others give us praise, acknowledge our efforts and say we are doing a good job
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It is traditional to reflect on life and make resolutions at the end of a year or the start of the...
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Many people enjoy listening to music
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In I wrote about reading, knitting, music and walking a dog as examples of relaxing hobbies
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My Heinemann Australian Dictionary gives the following as the definition for **hobby**, ‘any activ...
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As we rush through the day we may not notice the clouds
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I read a quote the other day that got me thinking
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One of my all time favourite movies is the Australian movie, ‘The Castle’
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People who are ‘hopeful’ are able to face difficulties in a more positive way because they are not...
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From time to time everybody feels jealous of someone else
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It can be tricky to get a balance between looking after yourself by doing the things you %%want%% ...
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We are familiar with the advice that having a holiday is good for our mental health
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Some time ago I wrote an article about wanting to hear and read the good news instead of an endl...
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This morning I sat out the front of my house drinking a coffee as I do most mornings
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Sometimes I wonder if I decide to take my little dog for a walk or if he is the one who makes th...
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When you are driving a car you can listen to an inspirational talk, music or the radio
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Sometimes the journey to achieving a goal is a long way
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These days more people are adopting a simpler lifestyle
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There are so many ideas about how you should run your life
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On a day to day basis many people seem to focus on the negative and their interactions with ot...
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Some people like the stimulation of having others around them most of the time
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I was talking to a friend on the train the other day
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Some people are more optimistic than others
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‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’
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It is easy to take certain things for granted and stop appreciating them
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You are probably asking, ‘What is the fringe car?’ I was walking down our main street this morning t...
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It is very satisfying to indulge in a creative activity such as writing, art, pottery, music o...
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Every day we hear about sad and shocking events happening in the world
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I was sitting in a café sipping a cappuccino the other day when I started thinking about all sor...
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Recently I was asked where I get ideas for writing
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What could be better? I am sitting at my computer writing stuff and listening to music that suit...
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I get excited about starting a new year
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A mug is just something you drink your hot chocolate, coffee or tea out of, isn’t it? To me a mu...
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Sometimes it is great to have a day which I can devote to writing
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I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I %%hated%% making mistakes
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Over the years the way one feels about the Christmas season may change
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From time to time one becomes drained and no longer feels inspired
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When you have a number of things to do, how do you decide the order to do them in? How do %%you%...
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We often read that comparing ourselves to others isn’t a good thing to do
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A day when I don’t have commitments feels like a gift
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There are many worthy charities asking for support
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I was reading some quotes about clouds the other day and noticed different reactions to the word...
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Recently I read about a movement which was started with the aim of improving the lives of a grou...
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching three pre-schoolers happily interacting on the train
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Having plans and setting goals to improve aspects of one’s life can certainly be useful
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I recently bought a new notebook
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When I left secondary school I started university the following year
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Speaking in public is one of the biggest fears for many people
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I was looking at the community noticeboard today when I saw something different that made me smi...
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There are 24 hours in a day and it is recommended you sleep for seven and a half to eight of t...
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We are frequently exposed to pressure from advertising, lifestyle programs and the boasting o...
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I came across a great quote, but I had to read it several times to get my head around it
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What sort of things do you think of when someone mentions taking a risk? The Heinemann Australia...
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I recently read an article where the writer was bemoaning the fact a text message led to a misun...
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Recently I started thinking about travelling down a road you have been on before, both in a lite...
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It can be easy to get used to things and take them for granted
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Some workers are good at brightening the day of those they come in contact with during their wor...
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I am sure we have all heard someone say, ‘She loves herself,’ in a tone that shows the speaker...
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Marcel Proust, the famous French novelist, critic and essayist born in the nineteenth century sa...
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For many people travelling by public transport is what you do when your car has broken down, is ...
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Jane Austen said, ‘ There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort
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You have a million things to do and so little time
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I was on the train the other weekend when I got chatting to the man sitting next to me
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The oldest public library in the English speaking world is said to the Chetnam library in Manc...
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The newspapers, radio, television and internet are full of bad news
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The beach is a great place
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We often hear the saying, ‘Laughter is the best medicine
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We can find we are dragging our way through each day and are constantly lacking energy
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I read a quote the other day which was very descriptive and made me think about the importance...
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With anything you want to do, getting started is often the most difficult part
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These days it is easy to find oneself with a lot of clutter
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I have always enjoyed taking photos
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Friends are wonderful
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Body Image is the way we perceive and judge our physical body
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There is a famous saying, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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Sometimes I read a quote that gets me so interested I get hold of the book it came from
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Most of my written communication these days is by email or quick text messages
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Memories are important to us and are great as long as we don’t get stuck in the past and forget ...
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People generally don’t want to feel sad or have their feelings hurt
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There is a well known saying, “Nice guys finish last
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In Part 1 I wrote about the growing awareness that many people need to slow down if they are to ...
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The word ‘slow’ has had some negative connotations as meaning ‘backward’ or lacking in intellige...
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Whatever one does there can be a reason to feel guilty about it
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Research has shown that happiness is determined by a combination of life circumstances (10%), wh...
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This morning I went to the library to pick up a book I had on hold
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I enjoy feeling happy, I do things to make myself experience happiness and I don’t like to be sa...
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Most people have a favourite environment where they like to be, a place which makes them feel en...
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I read the following instruction in a magazine, ‘Be the envy of your friends
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I enjoy gardening
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Each of us is an individual with a different genetic make up and unique personality
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Sometimes when we are invited to a social gathering we may feel our confidence plummet and we star...
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Confidence is about believing your way of doing things and your views are as valid as those of a...
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It is a great feeling to have plenty of energy
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No one can give you self esteem
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It is fun to write poetry and it can also be therapeutic
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Everybody has weaknesses
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Most people benefit from doing something creative
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In I wrote about what can contribute to self doubt and the effect it can have
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Self doubt is that inner critic who says you aren’t good enough or clever enough to do something...
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What does the word ‘ordinary’ mean? According to my Heinemann Australian Dictionary (yes the...
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I have just read an email from a penfriend
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For many years I have enjoyed taking photos
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These days with all its hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget to live in the now, the momen...
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An individual may be breathing, moving, eating, sleeping, talking and doing things, but is he/sh...
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Frank Lloyd Wright’ (American architect, writer and educator) wrote, ‘Study nature, love natur...
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It can take a long time to work out just who you are and to have the confidence to state witho...
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In I wrote about the concept of ‘home’ as the physical structure a person lives in and where he...
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I decided to write an article about ‘home’
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People who own pets tend to be healthier and happier than those who don’t
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Tidiness is usually considered a virtue and something we should all aspire to
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It is wonderful to think back on good times and positive events of the past
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I have to admit I am not a morning person
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We can come to a point in our lives where we feel we are dwelling on the past too much and aren’...
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Working on self improvement is generally considered positive and admirable
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There are books and articles that warn against being a perfectionist and wanting everything and ...
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