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More than likely there won’t be any shortcuts.

Fast results are usually soon gone: the high of the sugar rush, the strain of the keto diet, the happiness from your drug of choice.

It’s like that with writing, better to build a smaller daily habit than try to write a lot at one time. You’ll write more (and better) in the long term.

Any habit takes patient discipline.

Anyhing worth while takes a long time, probably longer than you expect.

Many would say it’s not fun. Some would say it sucks. The best learn to love it.

Our mistakes can be daunting.

They can linger in us, gnawing at the back of our mind and weighing us down.

But learn from it and move on.

Just learn from it.

It won’t matter in 10 years.

You’ll be fine.

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day.

I went out of my comfort zone today: I cooked new food and slow danced in the living room, for instance.

It was nice. I said that it was gross. But it was good, really good.

It showed that if you never step out of your comfort zone, you may miss out on experiencing the best parts of life.

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Tonight I am very tired, but I made a promise to get out posts five days a week.

Over time I have grown to value reliability and trust a lot.

I’ve started getting clear about what others expect from me and trying hard to commit reasonably then, if possible, overdeliver.

It matters. People who chronically overcommit – and who fail consistently at time management- lose credibility, trust, and respect.

Have you seen the effects in your life?  A good place to check yourself is your intimate relationships.

Are you late to your friends’ engagements? If so, you’re showing them that you don’t respect their time or that they’re not enough of a priority.

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Five days a week you’ll receive messages that inspire you to live your best life.Your time and trust are precious. My promise to you: always strive for honesty, empathy, goodness, and usefulness.

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I recently discovered this wonderful series of podcasts about how to optimize your life.

There’s Optimal Living Daily, Optimal Health Daily, Optimal Business Daily, and others dedicated to finance and relationships. You can learn more here.

In most episodes, the host reads a brief blog post from a respected website. The articles are a lot like mine, so if you like my stuff, you’ll probably like them.

There are thousands of quick tips on how to live your best life. I am particularly excited about Optimal Health Daily, which is hosted by a doctor and certified nutritionist, because I care deeply about understanding wellness.

Here’s my favorite takeaway from listening: living a happy, healthy life means you have to sometimes follow your bliss. While, yes, productivity and self-improvement matter, equally important is stress management. And, for that, you need to learn to appreciate the art of relaxation and letting loose.


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Five days a week you’ll receive messages that inspire you to live your best life.

Your time and trust are precious. My promise to you: always strive for honesty, empathy, goodness, and usefulness.

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Life is often uncertain and hard.

It’s common to be discontent with where you’re at – socially, economically, emotionally – and it can be easy to feel like things are out of control.

It’s normal. It’s okay. You are okay. Life will be okay.

I hope you have the people in your life to tell you that personally.

If you don’t, I’m sorry. Truly. Feel welcome to say hi to me.

Even if you do, though, life still can feel extremely hard.

Just keep going, one day at a time. Lean into loved ones or friends if you have them, find a therapist, talk to someone. And believe.

Believe you can. Believe you are enough. Believe that you have worth and that you matter.

There will be ups and downs, but you can make it. You can do it, one day at a time.

It might seem impossible or scary, but you must have faith that you are going to be fine in the end. It’s true as long as you’re willing to work and to be patient.

Also, you probably have a lot to be grateful for; pay attention to those things.

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Five days a week you’ll receive messages that inspire you to live your best life.

Your time and trust are precious. My promise to you: always strive for honesty, empathy, goodness, and usefulness.

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I get that you might know this already, but it’s worth a reminder: A key element of a healthy relationship is open and honest communication.

It takes vulnerability and comfort with conflict.

Sure, it’s tough and sometimes uncomfortable, but doing it will give you long-term well-being and a happier life.

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Five days a week you’ll receive messages that inspire you to live your best life.

Your time and trust are precious. My promise to you: always strive for honesty, empathy, goodness, and usefulness.