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You’ve got love. What else matters?

You've got love. What else matters?

When we arrived at the village of the Sea Gypsies, my heart sank.   It was dingy. It was depressing. Just a tumble of one-room shacks and fishing nets.   Paola Thomas Photography, www.paolathomas.com. I look around — at the women who had paid tons of money to attend a transformational retreat in Thailand, led by…

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“But my Spirit Guide told me to wait!” 13 of the most ridiculous woo-woo excuses that life coaches and personal development professionals LOVE to make.

“But my Spirit Guide told me to wait!” 13 of the most ridiculous woo-woo excuses that life coaches and personal development professionals LOVE to make.

When you work in the personal development industry — surrounded by life coaches, healers, motivational speakers and creative business owners — you hear a lot of brave and amazing ideas.   And you also hear a lot of bullshit.   Yeah. I said it.   Some of the bullshit is pretty convincing. Because the excuses…

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Husbands and dads? We love you. 10 reasons to adore the awesome men in your life.

Husbands and dads? We love you. 10 reasons to adore the awesome men in your life.

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.”  —Kent Nerburn     Husbands & dads?   You get a bad rap.   On TV, you’re the guy flopped on the couch with a beer, shrugging your shoulders, munching on chicken wings, while the women in your life make all the plans….

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One year from now, you are going to wish you had started today.

One year from now, you are going to wish you had started today.

One year from now…   … You are going to wish you had spent more time making eye contact with loved ones & strangers, and less time glazing over a screen. More time making memories that can’t fit in your Instagram feed.     … You are going to wish you had woken up earlier,…

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Why “bootcamps” make people fat, sad and disappointed… in themselves.

Why “bootcamps” make people fat, sad and disappointed… in themselves.

For the past couple weeks, my life has been a little… different.   Instead of meeting girlfriends at the local coffee shops around Evansville, Indiana, I’ve been feeding monkeys bananas and eating green papaya salad in Thailand.   Yep. Thailand.   I’m here because my teenage son, Ryan, wanted to study a form of martial…

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“How can I treat myself with ‘love’ when I hate how I look?”

“How can I treat myself with ‘love’ when I hate how I look?"

It’s a conversation I’ve had hundreds of times with hundreds of people.   It’s a simple premise, but often, so tough to grasp.   If you want to lose weight, and never gain it back, you have to be nice to yourself. You have to gentle and kind. You have to treat yourself with love….

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Nude Selfies, Slut Shaming & Women Who (Gasp!) Like Having Sex. Warning: Flaming Hot Hyatt Rant, Ahead.

Nude Selfies, Slut Shaming & Women Who (Gasp!) Like Having Sex. Warning: Flaming Hot Hyatt Rant, Ahead.

For the past month, the Internet has been buzzing over a fresh scandal.   Hundreds of nude photos of female celebrities — reality TV starlets, Academy Award winners, pop singers, supermodels, and a few champion athletes — have been leaked online.   The leaked images are private, personal photos that were stolen from these women's…

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“Work until you fail.” (Stuck in your ultra-snuggly-comfort-zone? This one’s for you.)

“Work until you fail.” (Stuck in your ultra-snuggly-comfort-zone? This one’s for you.)

On my good days, I LOVE pushing my body + mind to the limit. Why? Because after doing something completely risky and brave (like… sharing the most vulnerable story of my entire life in a room full of strangers… or hosting a life coaching retreat in Thailand, even though I’ve never set foot in the…

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Want people to buy what you’re selling? You’ve got to show up.

Want people to buy what you're selling? You've got to show up.

“I’m launching a new business offering. How much should I promote it?”   “Should I do one newsletter to my mailing list… or two? Tweet twice a day, or three times?”   “How many Facebook announcements is too many? Susan, what do you think?”   I’ve heard questions like these echoed by dozens — if…

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Feel like you “can’t” take a break from your work… or your life? Read THIS.

Feel like you “can’t” take a break from your work… or your life? Read THIS.

“Susan, for the past several weeks, you’ve expressed that you’re completely exhausted and burnt out from your work. It sounds like you are craving a break.   Why not take the weekend off and head out to a quiet place, like a cabin in the woods?   I know someone who owns the perfect spot….

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