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Just Say No — Here’s How and Why

By Hazel Thornton | September 5, 2023 |

Do you have trouble saying no? A client told me about a situation in which she couldn’t bring herself to say no. The details are unimportant. We’ve all been there. In the end, she told a “white lie” rather than admit she didn’t want to do a favor for a friend. (A favor which, by…

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scheduling questions

Do you schedule questions?

By Hazel Thornton | June 26, 2022 |

I was just scheduling a couple of questions on my calendar when I wondered: Do other people do this?

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Odds Are We’re Gonna Be Alright

By Hazel Thornton | January 9, 2022 |

                    I heard this song recently. Yes, it’s old, but it was new to me. And it gave me hope. The song is “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies.

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16 Reasons Why They Haven’t Replied to Your Email (and what to do about it)

By Hazel Thornton | December 14, 2020 |

I often hear people bemoan the fact that someone has not replied to their email. They assume the other person is purposely avoiding them. What?! Sure, it’s possible that they are snubbing you. But it’s far more likely that their lack of response has nothing to do with you in any way. Don’t take it…

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Are you feeling adrift too?

By Hazel Thornton | May 25, 2020 |

              PLEASE NOTE: If your life is shipshape and full-speed-ahead, this post is not for you. Carry on! If, however, you’re feeling adrift, keep reading…

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Are you wasting your “free time”?

By Hazel Thornton | May 1, 2020 |

Which type of person are you? Are you spending your quarantine time at home, reading books, watching Netflix, doing jigsaw puzzles, and enjoying the heck out of it? Or maybe you’re industriously cooking and gardening, retooling your business to provide virtual services, cleaning and organizing your entire house, catching up on home repairs, learning a…

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5 Secrets of Truly Free 30 Day Trials

By Hazel Thornton | March 23, 2020 |

Life feels scary right now because everything seems out of control. We can’t personally solve all of the world’s health, financial, social, environmental, and political issues, but we can focus on controlling our own little corner of the world, bit by bit. Starting with “free” trials.

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The Worry Matrix

The Worry Matrix: How to Decide What’s Worth Worrying About

By Hazel Thornton | March 8, 2020 |

  The Worry Matrix is a handy, printable tool that will help you decide what’s worth worrying about, and what isn’t. In my previous posts — Clearing Mental Clutter and Why Worry? Take Action! — I covered the following concepts: Worrying is just a form of mental clutter. Worrying is like praying for something you…

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Organizing to De-Stress Your Holidays (all of them)

By Hazel Thornton | November 18, 2019 |

What are “holidays” and why are they so stressful? A holiday is any special occasion, all year round, which involves extra preparations; extra time, money and energy; and extra people, families in particular. Examples include birthdays, weddings, religious holidays, and secular holidays. Holiday stress comes from having unrealistic expectations of yourself and others. Sometimes it’s the…

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Organizing for Stressful Times

By Hazel Thornton | October 21, 2019 |

These are stressful times. And I think we’re all feeling it one way or another. (I originally wrote this post during a specific national crisis, but really, every day is stressful for someone, isn’t it?) Are you remembering to take care of yourself? I forget sometimes, so I’m writing this for myself as much as…

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