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By: Author | November 21, 2017

by Debra Hewitt, author of The Celebration Journal

It happens every year, and yet we never seem to get better at managing it. I’m referring, of course, to the hectic holiday season. We are already super busy, feeling like there isn’t room for anything else in our schedules, and then the holidays hit. At a time when we want to really enjoy being with family, enjoying the sights, and just having fun, we also have to deal with this enormous new load of work. Shopping, baking, wrapping. Even the holiday parties which sound like so much fun when we’re invited begin to feel like another chore on our to-do list when they finally arrive. But it doesn’t have to be this way.


Here are six quick tips for avoiding holiday overwhelm and focusing ...

Category: Stress 

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By: Author | October 05, 2016

by Debra Hewitt, author of Chasing Your Dream

There are always plenty of voices around us and in our heads telling us why we can't do things, how bad the odds are, what obstacles we'll face. . . . I want to be a different kind of voice--one that empowers and inspires. 

Someone asked me a few weeks ago if I worried that people might read my book, quit their jobs to pursue their dreams, and then sue me when things don't work out. Of course, the answer is no, I don't worry about lawsuits since I'm not really offering financial or career advice. My questions guide people to find their own answers not adopt mine. But I do recognize the possibility that some readers might make reckless decisions. And I still don't think I needed to attach...

Category: Inspiration 

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By: Author | August 24, 2016

by Debra Hewitt, author of Chasing Your Dream

Am I reading too much? Is that a silly question? Can anyone read too much? We can watch too much television, play too many video games, eat too much, talk too much, exercise too much, but reading? That's a super good-for-you activity like learning. Who ever said, "You know, lately, I've been worrying that I'm learning too much?"

But I wonder. I'm constantly tempted by free books from my library or for my Kindle, and I seem to have adopted this attitude of mindless consumption. What's next? Must read.

For a couple of years I set pretty ambitious goals on Goodreads for the number of books I wanted to read, but one year I asked myself, "Am I reading too much . . . and writing too little...

Category: Reading 

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