How to Say No (Without Guilt or Being a Jerk)

How to Say No (Without Guilt or Being a Jerk)

“When you say yes to others, make sure you aren’t saying no to yourself.” ~ Paulo Coelho Once upon a time, I said yes to just about everything. It wasn’t the enthusiastic “yes!” of an adventurous person facing something new, or the generous “yes!” of someone inspired...
Being Brave Enough To Walk Away

Being Brave Enough To Walk Away

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou Maybe you’ve met some of the people in my life: My financial adviser has been charging me high fees, but the returns on my investments are terrible. They are...
Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

“Excuse me, where are the bagels?” I asked the hair-netted, middle-aged woman. “I’m sorry sweetie, we don’t have any bagels for all y’all.” Hungry, I was equally confused by the absence of bagels as I was about her twist on the English language. “All y’all?” I was in...
Why I Ditched My Smartphone

Why I Ditched My Smartphone

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” – Robert Tew On March 7, 2014, I pulled the plug on my smartphone. It wasn’t that I didn’t like having it; if anything, I liked having it...
Has the Self-Help Industry Sold Us a Pup?

Has the Self-Help Industry Sold Us a Pup?

English folklore tells of an old swindle. A peasant goes to market to buy his family a piglet. Piglets are much cheaper than adult pigs, and they can be fed on scraps. Once grown and fattened, they are slaughtered to provide a source of food for the whole family...