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Creativity is key to getting away

Let's face it, with the high costs of gas and food in addition to demanding schedules that include trying to balance any combination of work, school, family, and everyday responsibilities, it is not uncommon that a lot of people are short on cash and time. But, that doesn't mean that vacations have to be put out of mind altogether. It just might take a little more thought, an adjustment in perspective, and a little creativity.

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Look forward to what's next in life

Have you ever held .364onto a favorite dress or pair of jeans that no longer fit you, but for one reason or another, you just couldn't bring yourself to let them go?

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The gift of independence is great

There's an old Chinese proverb that says "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

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Being wrong's a learning experience

There is a quote by the poet Alexander Pope that says, "A man should never be ashamed to own when he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

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Empathy is a gift and is also learned

Did the storm skip over you?As a child, I can remember hearing the grown-ups say, "If you ain't gone through nothing yet, just keep on living." It wasn't grammatically correct, but it was certainly a fact-a fact of life that reminds us that we all encounter storms in our lives.

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Let the ones you love know now

A long time ago, one Sunday morning, I recall being in church where an old lady, I believe in her late eighties, made her way to the front of the congregation.

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Ask for help; solve the problem

Sometimes in order to get the help you need, you must let someone know you need it. As easy a task as that sounds, it can be much more difficult to carry out.

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Why, can be a brave question

I don't think I know of any faster way to set off a near tirade, beginning with the almost automatic "you do not ask me why; just do what I tell you to do" assertion, than for a child to ask a parent-"why?""Thou shall not ask a parent why" could have just as well been the eleventh commandment.

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Hello courage, good-bye shame

Dear shame,I am writing you this letter to let you know I no longer need you in my life. I admit it has taken me a long time to get to this place. You've been a part of me for so long that I thought we were friends.

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Praise young females so as to fill their plate with confidence

What do you suppose is the number one rule in grocery shopping? I think it has to be- "Do not shop while hungry." Right?

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First impression based on our 'cover'

Most of us have often heard the metaphoric saying "don't judge a book by its cover." It cautions us against forming presumptions about a person or thing's value.

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Unload the baggage in your life

I believe you can fly."Sometimes you have to pack light before you can take flight. When you are trying to go somewhere, you can't always pack your luggage to the max.

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Opportunity a tremendous inheritance

Although the month has passed, black history should be celebrated every day through the way in which we live our lives. So many paths have been pioneered for us, from athletics to medicine to the U.S. presidency.

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Pride can be a heavy burden

You know that you were wrong. You realize that you made a mistake. It occurred to you that "this time" someone else was right or that they were telling the truth.

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Sometimes life can get off balance

Have you ever been washing laundry or been around someone who was and heard the washer begin to make a loud thumping, bumping kind of noise?

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