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July 1st *Self* Worth Report

In the finance community, people update their Net Worth Report at the start of each month… But today, I’m evaluating my *Self Worth* instead. (Self worth is basically the same as Self Esteem… It’s confidence in one’s own abilities and assurance of who they are) Here are some areas in my life and a rating Read more about July 1st *Self* Worth Report[…]

Don’t think. Just do.

You’ve got 100 important decisions to make today… But, if you “second guess” yourself with each decision, it’s actually like making 200 decisions, because each one takes twice as much brain power. And if you’re the type of person who “second guesses their second guess” (me, sometimes! 🙋‍♂️) then you’re really making 300 decisions and Read more about Don’t think. Just do.[…]

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Counting your good things

Happy Friday! Time to count our good things…. Good thing from this month: My little bro got married and family got bigger! 🥳 Good thing from this week: I got a pretty large mention at work this week that boosted my confidence 👨‍💻 Good thing happening today: Going surfing this morning! 🏄‍♂️ Good thing this weekend: Catching up with some Read more about Counting your good things[…]

There’s a couch on the road! 🛋

You’re cruising along, minding your own business, working hard towards your goals in life… then suddenly a couch appears in the middle of your road!? 🛋 (Sometimes it’s a metaphorical couch, and sometimes it’s a real couch.) You’re momentarily stuck. What do you do now? Do you get angry, complain, blame others, feel sorry for Read more about There’s a couch on the road! 🛋[…]

Sunday Family Time

Happy Sunday, y’all! My parents arrived from Australia yesterday! From left to right, this is my wife, my brother, Mum, Dad and me 🙂 👇 I’m gonna shut the laptop now and give them my full attention. 🙂 Wishing you all a lovely Sunday filled with sunshine and laughter. Life is good! Love, Joel

Good vibes coming your way

Happy Saturday!!! Wishing you lots of happiness, good vibes, positivity, smiles, hugs and kisses, special moments, delicious foods, relaxing naps, unexpected presents, random signs from the universe, free money, inner peace, uncontrollable laughter, celebrations, play time with friends, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… Did I miss anything? Basically whatever stuff you love in Read more about Good vibes coming your way[…]

A happy Friday checklist… 📝

It’s Friday! Woohoo 🥳 Here are your missions today, should you choose to accept them… ✅ Laugh at least 10 times today ✅ Celebrate a milestone or small win that happened this past week ✅ Celebrate *someone else’s* small win from this past week ✅ Dish out 5 compliments to other people today. (While you’re Read more about A happy Friday checklist… 📝[…]

Compose yourself 🧘‍♀️

com·po·sure (noun) the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself. “she retained composure through thick and thin” ***** Good morning, all! Here are a few mid-week reminders: You are in control of your feelings, and your response to situations around you. 🧘 You are a positive thinker! And positivity (+ kindness) Read more about Compose yourself 🧘‍♀️[…]

Small minds vs. great minds

Small minds discuss other people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. – Eleanor Roosevelt Good morning and happy Monday! Wishing you all a great week ahead, sharing and implementing your ideas 😉💡 Make it a good one, – Joel From the beach this weekend 😍

Pay yourself first — Variations

You’ve probably heard of “pay yourself first” when it comes to money management… Well, a lesser known (but equally effective) tactic is to pay yourself first when it comes to other stuff in life, too… Pay yourself first in encouragement. If you don’t believe in yourself it’s hard for others to also. Pay yourself first Read more about Pay yourself first — Variations[…]

Welcome to Bio-Dome. Welcome to the future!

Happy Friday, and happy Earth Day! 🌎 Here are some cool facts and stories about our earth and things within it… – From Sam M: “My favorite nature fact is about trees. They serve an incredibly important function called “carbon sequestration”. Trees literally pull carbon out of the air and bury it in their roots. Read more about Welcome to Bio-Dome. Welcome to the future![…]

A rare and beautiful cactus 🌵

Got this cool note from my friend, Mr. Accidentally Retired… 👇👇👇 “Every year around April 1st, almost to the day, the cacti around us start blooming. The most amazing of all is the Argentinian Cactus, which blooms the big, beautiful, white flowers. (pic below!) The Argentinian in particular is interesting, because it starts blooming at Read more about A rare and beautiful cactus 🌵[…]

You are smarter than you think…

Try reading this… Eevn tgouhh tehse wrods rea wirettn unisg jembuld lerttes, uyo cna sitll porbblay udnresnatd waht m’i syanig… T’is baucsee uoy rea sartmre tahn uoy tnihk oyu rea! Today: Trust your gut feelings, your natural intuition, and listen to your spidey-senses… Your ability to figure things out quickly is better than you think. Read more about You are smarter than you think…[…]

Perfect is the enemy – 90% is good enough

This came in from Paul in San Diego… 👇👇👇 “I struggle with composing responses to work emails. I want to make sure that when I respond to someone, I have all the information that may pertain to their request, neatly formatted the way I believe they want, along with other ‘helpful info’ too. But what Read more about Perfect is the enemy – 90% is good enough[…]

Living a truly rich life…

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money” Money is important… But life’s true riches lie elsewhere: Relationships. Experiences. Memories. Love. Time. Peace. Wishing you a happy weekend, filled with the good stuff that money can’t buy. Love, Joel My homemade walnut bread turned out awesome!

Zigging and zagging ↘️ ↗️

“Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road” – Roy T. Bennett Reminder for this week ahead: Life rarely goes in a straight line. Projects at work, relationships, finding balance at home, etc… They’re more like twisty, windy adventures. You gotta zig ↗️  and zag ↘️  accordingly. Happy Monday, happy Read more about Zigging and zagging ↘️ ↗️[…]

Fun happenings in the community…

Here are some celebrations and things some of y’all shared… – Ben H turned 38 this week! He’s celebrating “having good friends and a sunny spring weekend to camp on the Oregon coast”. Woohoo! 🥳 – Kathy from Oklohoma said: “7 years ago today, I signed my acceptance letter and paid my deposit for law Read more about Fun happenings in the community…[…]

And the haters gonna hate…

A “hater” is someone who discredits, devalues or downplays your accomplishments. Unfortunately, everyone experiences haters from time to time. It’s sad, and it hurts. But you can’t let haters get you down or stop you from doing what you do. When a hater attacks you can: a) Spend your time worrying about it, and guessing Read more about And the haters gonna hate…[…]

Another awesome day to ______________

“While you were waking up this morning, someone else out there was breathing their last breath.” Sorry for the morbid-ish quote so early in the morning… Actually this message isn’t about death… It’s about LIFE!! And how each day you wake up breathing is a blessing. And how we should take advantage of another opportunity Read more about Another awesome day to ______________[…]

persistence

365 participation awards 🏅

per·sist·ence noun firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. “You can depend on Janice to always get the job completed because she has patience and persistence” ***** In yesterday’s email I wrote “persistence is your advantage”. It’s one of my favorite reminders that an average skilled person Read more about 365 participation awards 🏅[…]

A great way to start Monday

What are 3 awesome things that happened this past weekend? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ And what are 3 awesome things that are happening this week? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ Lastly, what are 3 reasons WHY these awesome things are happening in your life? 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ Counting your Read more about A great way to start Monday[…]

Peptalk Hotline Number

Motivational Hotline —> Call (707) 998-8410

Feeling lethargic? Need a pep talk? Call this motivational hotline… Some students over at West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California started a project called PepToc. It’s a bunch of pre-recorded motivational messages to help encourage you, pull you out of a slump, or give little bits of life advice. Try it!! Just call (707) Read more about Motivational Hotline —> Call (707) 998-8410[…]

Stresslaxing | A Few Things That Might Help

I heard a new word floating around recently… Stresslaxing. It means: “when relaxing activities make you even more stressed, because you’re not out working on whatever is making you stressed in the first place” Have you ever felt this? Like sometimes stressful work or problems in life start to invade your personal time and you Read more about Stresslaxing | A Few Things That Might Help[…]