Building Happiness: Ten Boredom Busters for Your Time Off

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Are You Bored? A lot of us take vacations or ‘stay-cations’ this time of year, and find ourselves suddenly with a lot of time on our hands that we don’t usually have. People who don’t have vacation time still have weekends and evenings that loom ahead. And a lot of people don’t know what to do with that time off. This is the deal: Boredom is usually not “boredom”. It’s not that you have nothing to do, it’s that there are barriers between you and what you really want to do. These barriers include resistance, fear, finances, and inertia. Boredom…

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Efficiency: Tackling Problems from Two Angles

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Chain Reaction Afghan (full size) from Interweave Crochet I have two separate, mostly unrelated self improvement goals for the year.  I want to lose weight (specifically, I want to end the year weighing about 130 lbs, which is thirty pounds down), and I want to pay down all of my debt except student loans and my mortgage to zero (this includes significant medical debt, the unavoidable tax debt from having to close out my 401k due to having to support ourselves while Husband has been unable to work, and some moderate credit card debt). Both of these goals are amenable…

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On the Price of Exercise

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Image via WikipediaI have resisted joining for a long, long time. By ‘joining’, I mean paying any sort of regular monthly or yearly fee for access to exercise equipment.  Back in the early nineties, I joined a gym for the yoga classes for a few months and paid something around twenty five bucks a month. It was a seedy little gym with a strong hint of ashram and hippie health store, and the big gym in town cost about three times that much. I joined my local community center a few years ago for fifteen bucks a year, but it…

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Zombie Walk: Let’s do the Zombie Shuffle

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Yes, I know.  I have Zombies on the BRAaAAIIiiinnnnNNNNNNSSSsssSSSSSSS Daphne and Shaggy at last year’s walk Ahem.  Anyhow. Here in Kansas City, our Zombies are philanthropists.  Twice a year, on the first Friday in June (to coordinate with First Fridays at the Crossroads Arts district) and in October at the Plaza, hundreds or even thousands of Zombies gather together to donate food, consumables and cash (after all, all they eat is BRAaAAIIiiinnnnNNNNNNSSSsssSSSSSSS) … to a worthy charity. This spring’s charity is Bishop Sullivan Center, an organization that helps families keep afloat in tough economic times, including helping with utility bills,…

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