The negative effects of constant positive feelings

We all know the people that always try and put a positive spin on yours or another’s negative feelings.  Do statements like “it’s not that bad” or “at least you didn’t experience…” sound familiar?  It turns out never giving light to your negative feelings may not be so positive after all. Toxic positivity.  Ever heard of it?  We hadn’t either.  But after reading about it … Continue reading The negative effects of constant positive feelings

What TWO items you should really sanitize daily

When the pandemic began in March, little was known about the virus or primary modes of transmission.  So many of us wiped down everything that we came into contact with or brought into our homes.  Groceries.  Take out food.  Mail.  Packages.  But the medical community has since learned that the primary mode of transmission is airborne droplets from an infected person. Heading into cooler months, … Continue reading What TWO items you should really sanitize daily

Vacation in style: road trip edition

When it comes to luxury vacations there are more options than ever before.  Glamping took camping and the lack of a bathroom and bed to a whole new level.  Now another classic American vacation is getting a luxury overhaul just in time to meet the changing demands of travel. Truth be told, I have never been camping.  The lack of a bathroom and bed is … Continue reading Vacation in style: road trip edition

How much do you need for a down payment?

We have several past posts that discuss right now being a great time to buy a home.  Low interest rates are making it more affordable than it has been for a very long time.  But do you really need the standard 20% for a down payment?  You may need less than you think. In 2019 the median down payment was only 12% for ALL buyers.  … Continue reading How much do you need for a down payment?

Moving back in with the folks

America as a country and as a culture values independence.  Yet independence can come in many different forms.  Recently I’ve been grappling with my own definition of independence.  High school me expected to have a full-time job, my own apartment, and be financially self-sufficient at 23.  Yet here I am with no job, moved back home with my parents, and definitely not financially self-sufficient.  And … Continue reading Moving back in with the folks

The toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health

In a new study done in partnership with Oracle and Workplace Intelligence surveying 12,000 people in 11 countries, they found the huge toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health.  In fact, 78% reported 2020 to be the most stressful year ever and their mental health has been negatively impacted. 85% reported that their mental health issues are causing a variety of problems ranging from … Continue reading The toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health

3 Reasons for weight gain in the fall

Let’s face it, each season comes with its weight gain challenges.  In fact, weight gain is a never-ending battle.  But understanding some of the triggers can help avoid a few extra pounds down the leaf covered road.  So, what are the triggers for fall?  Read on: Stress – Summer is a more relaxed time with less demanding schedules.  But come fall means a return to … Continue reading 3 Reasons for weight gain in the fall

The demand for travel in 2021

Are you dreaming about that trip you can FINALLY take in 2021?  Yep, you and just about everyone else in the US and Canada.  According to a new study conducted by World Travel & Tourism Council, 99% of people surveyed are “eager to travel again.”  Here are a few facts and figures: 70% stated they aren’t only dreaming about taking a trip but in fact, … Continue reading The demand for travel in 2021