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10 Quick & Wise Financial Decisions You Should Make Before The New Year

December 6th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The year is almost over, and after some wise (and perhaps some very unwise) personal financial decisions throughout the course of 2013, you may be ready to close the books on another year. Don’t miss a beat before this year is out. There are many financial decisions you should make before the end of year, such as starting a retirement fund or making room for a little extra cash with a side hustle.

Before the year is over, challenge yourself and accomplish these financial resolutions before the New Year.

A Workout Plan For Your Money: Nine Ways To Cut Down Gym Membership Costs This Year

January 25th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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There’s no bigger symbol of the new year than packed gyms across the nation. But getting fit can cost a pretty penny. Between gym memberships, gear equipment, and trainers, you start to question whether it’s worth it.

Take the edge off and save a little bit of pocket change by noting some tips on how to cut down on those fitness costs this year.

No Resolutions Allowed: Create a Vision Board to Achieve Your Best Life in the New Year

January 2nd, 2013 - By Andrea Williams
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Tis the season for making resolutions and, if you’re like most folks, you probably already have a list of projects and goals that you’re preparing to tackle in the New Year. According to a recent report by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of people make resolutions, but only about eight percent of people will actually prove to be successful before December 31, 2013.

And aside from scribbling plans to drop 15 pounds on a bar napkin or mentally tossing around an idea to start a new business, there may be a better – and much more effective – way to document hopes and dreams that vastly improves the odds of them actually coming true.

In 2006, Rhonda Byrne took over the literary world with her book The Secret. The self-help tome guided readers in the “law of attraction” – the idea that if we think positive thoughts, the universe will cause us to encounter people and opportunities that match those thoughts and feelings. One of the primary tools Byrne advocates in the book is the use of a vision board, constructed of a bulletin or poster board covered with pictures and phrases of an individual’s dream life.

The belief that staring at a board full of random magazine clippings can actually propel us into prosperity and happiness is still far-fetched to some, but with over 21 million books in print and $300 million in sales (from the book and related movie combined), it is evident that The Secret, or at least the theory it represents, is no fluke.

Kelly Daugherty received The Secret as a gift from a friend and, although she was initially one of the skeptics, decided to give vision boards a try as she prepared to launch Smashing Golf & Tennis, her unique line of athletic apparel-meets-shapewear.

“I’ll admit, I was a non-believer,” said Daugherty. “Actually I was more than a non-believer. I would tell people to stop wasting their time and that vision boards are for people that believe in voodoo, astrology and tarot cards.”

Ultimately, Daugherty was attracted to the notion that creating a vision board could help her to channel her efforts to get her startup off the ground.

“To me it was about focus and positive energy,” she added. “For example, I really wanted to be in specific media outlets, which meant I spent a lot of my day networking with media and trying to create new story ideas. In turn, I wasn’t spending as much time as I would have liked selling to additional geographic regions, but every time I would get distracted, I would go back to my vision board and say ‘In Year 1 — these are my goals. Attain these, and then make another board.’”

And vision boards aren’t just for business. As an international athlete, global soccer ambassador and owner of Eat Soccer, a website geared toward all things soccer, Qiana Martin saw such incredible success with her first, career-oriented vision board that she now makes one for nearly every facet of her life.

Why Are You Waiting For The New Year To Act Right? 10 Ratchet Behaviors We Should Leave Behind in 2012…Starting Now

December 28th, 2012 - By Toya Sharee
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A part of me is so happy to see 2012 leave, as long as it’s taking the “ChriannaRueche” love triangle,  Joseline Hernandez, the Romney family and the Twilight series franchise with it.  But seriously, something about 2012 made me completely disgusted with how African-American women are portrayed and more importantly what we prioritize.  This was the year of the booty shot fails, the stripper/sideline chick/baby mama, and the ratchet.  Sadly, it makes me wonder when we stopped wanting more for ourselves.  It’s like I looked up and one of the best things we had going for us was the cast and crew behind Scandal. Is that all we’ve got?  So not just for 2013, but starting right now, I propose our resolution be to stop engaging in the following ratchet behaviors:

1.  Knowing more about Basketball Wives than Obamacare.

If you can recite the names of all the characters on Basketball Wives, but can’t tell me any of the changes the Affordable Care Act made to U.S. health insurance, I’m going to need you to turn to CNN for at least five minutes a day.  When you become of age to vote, it’s definitely time to know how the economy, politics and world issues directly affect you.  You don’t have to break down the details of the fiscal cliff, but your knowledge of current events and economy should go beyond what you can write off come tax season.

Top 7 New Year’s Resolution Traps to Avoid

January 3rd, 2012 - By jaebi
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Here comes 2012. Around this time of year, people start thinking very fondly about the months ahead, fantasizing how they’re going to begin anew, taking life in bold new directions. It’s a joyous time and because of that, our aspirations get a bit lofty. Now there’s nothing wrong with aiming high, but it should be done without setting yourself up for a massive fail.

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Some scrap new years resolutions altogether because so often, they fall flat. But it isn’t the resolution, or the spirit of fresh new changes that plague your success. It’s your lack luster approach. Unrealistic expectations, sloppy planning and vague goals make New Years resolutions nothing more than wishful thinking.

By managing your expectations, establishing a plan and setting crystal clear goals, you can avoid the common New Years resolution traps many people fall into and go HAM all year.

Here are ways to overcome the top 7 New Years resolution traps:

How to Win Any Argument With Your Man

August 1st, 2011 - By nativenotes
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Do you find yourself in countless arguments with your mate? If so, maybe you should leave that dude alone (I’m kidding). What type of man do you have? The type who you argue with and nothing seems to get through to him? You know the type, he just continuously makes the same mistakes. Or, do you have Mr. Defense Attorney, who you couldn’t win an argument with if your life depended on it? I put together a few quick tips to help you win a battle of wits with your man; if they don’t work, then chances are you really do need to drop that fool.

Why’d the Resolution Cause Such a Stir?

July 19th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Black America Web) — If it weren’t for the fact that leaders of a major political party are falling over themselves to curry favor with it, the Tea Party Movement could be written off as the confused, poorly thought out and disorganized operation that it primarily is. In many ways, it is the adult version of a club begun by kids who declared themselves to be united, but who had little else in regard to its charter and purpose other than to say who would not be allowed to join. You almost expect to see a “No Girls Allowed” sign scribbled on the ripped-off flap of a cardboard box.

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Continuing The Road to THERE

March 29th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Will this finally be YOUR year? It can be! Stick with me and I’ll show you how!  We are fast approaching the second quarter of the year.  How are you doing on the New Years’ Resolutions you declared?  Well, if you have slipped a bit, that’s okay.  With the help of these articles, we will get you back on track and well on your way to your place called THERE!  Remember THERE is your ideal place in life.  THERE may be a physical location, an emotional state of mind or a dream realized.  The journey is the path you take to reach your Destination THERE.

When we last talked, I promised to share 10 Tips for Getting THERE over the series of my next few articles!  So let’s jump right into the first of our 10 Tips.  This is important, so grab a pencil and a pad of paper!  Better yet, find a notebook or journal that you can dedicate to capturing your thoughts and notes.

Tip One: Be Specific.  Identify a specific goal to accomplish.  You will want to spend some time alone with your thoughts to acknowledge the true area(s) of your life where there are opportunities for improvement.  While you are thinking and brainstorming with yourself, write your thoughts in your journal.  The key to this tip is getting to the true essence of where you want to be in life:

·        What exactly do you want to see differently in your life?

·        What commitment(s) will you make to yourself to achieve your success?

·        Once you reach your THERE, what exactly will change?

It is important to clearly and specifically state your goal.  If your goal is too broad or too complex, then how will you know in what areas to focus your attention?  You don’t want to spend your time and energy working towards something that ultimately still does not fix the problem or get the results you desire.  The key to being specific is thinking through exactly what it is that you want. Here are a couple examples of how to be specific about your goal(s):

·        Say you want to be more physically fit.  The goal you set to get to what you actually want may be to stop smoking or enjoy eating more healthy foods or to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

·        Say you want to have more money in this year. Perhaps your goal is to afford a family vacation each year or to move from renting to buying a home.  Perhaps you want to have more money to send your children to private school or college.

Continuing The Road to THERE

March 29th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Will this finally be YOUR year? It can be! Stick with me and I’ll show you how!  We are fast approaching the second quarter of the year.  How are you doing on the New Years’ Resolutions you declared?  Well, if you have slipped a bit, that’s okay.  With the help of these articles, we will get you back on track and well on your way to your place called THERE!  Remember THERE is your ideal place in life.  THERE may be a physical location, an emotional state of mind or a dream realized.  The journey is the path you take to reach your Destination THERE.

When we last talked, I promised to share 10 Tips for Getting THERE over the series of my next few articles!  So let’s jump right into the first of our 10 Tips.  This is important, so grab a pencil and a pad of paper!  Better yet, find a notebook or journal that you can dedicate to capturing your thoughts and notes.

Tip One: Be Specific.  Identify a specific goal to accomplish.  You will want to spend some time alone with your thoughts to acknowledge the true area(s) of your life where there are opportunities for improvement.  While you are thinking and brainstorming with yourself, write your thoughts in your journal.  The key to this tip is getting to the true essence of where you want to be in life:

·        What exactly do you want to see differently in your life?

·        What commitment(s) will you make to yourself to achieve your success?

·        Once you reach your THERE, what exactly will change?

It is important to clearly and specifically state your goal.  If your goal is too broad or too complex, then how will you know in what areas to focus your attention?  You don’t want to spend your time and energy working towards something that ultimately still does not fix the problem or get the results you desire.  The key to being specific is thinking through exactly what it is that you want. Here are a couple examples of how to be specific about your goal(s):

·        Say you want to be more physically fit.  The goal you set to get to what you actually want may be to stop smoking or enjoy eating more healthy foods or to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

·        Say you want to have more money in this year. Perhaps your goal is to afford a family vacation each year or to move from renting to buying a home.  Perhaps you want to have more money to send your children to private school or college.