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These should be deal-breakers before there’s even a deal.

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Whether you’re in a long term relationship or casually dating, both people should be able to expect certain things.

These requirements are your first line of defense, keeping you from putting up with what you shouldn’t, and investing in someone you won’t be happy with.

If you expect and give these, they’ll lead you to love eventually.

There’s no doubt you’ll have to go through the dating process, but if you use these requirements as benchmarks you’ll lay a good foundation for when you do meet someone who clicks.

I used these guidelines to screen for certain qualities in potential partners while I was dating. They were my yardstick, my measure, for everyone I met, and they kept me on track and kept my standards high until I met my husband. …


Bringing magic into your life is easier than you think.

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I might seem like a late bloomer but the story of my life isn’t one of procrastination or bad luck.

It’s actually quite the opposite.

I met my husband when I was 37 — he was 39.

I’d been single for a long time when I met him and had never been married.

I came close once, but it was the wrong person at the wrong time, so I ended it.

I could have gone along with it and married that wrong person, it would have been the easier option. But it wasn’t right so I chose to end it.

The truth is, I was scared. …


I’ve done a bunch of things I never thought possible and getting healthy was the first step.

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“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”-Anne Wilson Schaef

Six years ago, I had open-heart surgery.

A freak accident at the gym, lead to the surgery that resolved decades-long issues I’d had with fatigue and made me feel twenty years younger.

Then, about three years ago, I stopped drinking.

Coupled with a revamp of my diet, I experienced a sudden health injection the likes of which I’d never known.

You can read about that transformation here:

Renewed physical health gave me the energy to start really living. …


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It requires work and integrity, but that’s what we sign up for when we decide to have kids.

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Toddlers are wild. They’re in a phase of social awakening that gives us a glimpse into the evolution of human socialization.

Watching them grow into and adjust to becoming part of society is like taking a trip back in time, watching how our distant ancestors evolved.

They begin as wild infants, focussed only on themselves and their animal instincts. Desperately fighting to get their needs met, they’re expected to grow into social beings able to see past their selfishness in only a few short years.

It’s important to realize that all the social qualities we take for granted are learned. We teach our children how to be good citizens, and if we want to set them up for success and happiness in life, it’s up to us to facilitate that.


Time is more precious than any one of us knows, especially when we’re young, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

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When I was young, I had a lot of big dreams. Unfortunately, I also had a lot of big problems.

While I wasn’t short on talent or drive, I wasn’t short on bad habits and self-destructive impulses either.

I ended up squandering the best years of my life on bad habits, time-wasters, and energy drains.

My life didn’t unfold like a train wreck because I had no luck, I’ve always been extraordinarily lucky.

Opportunities always present themselves when I need them. Somehow I’m a master manifester, and I always have been. But when I was in my 20’s, I was so incredibly self-destructive that I managed to destroy, squander, or let slip by every opportunity that came my way. …


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Living with people is tricky, these things can decrease tension and increase goodwill.

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The biggest culprit for domestic conflict is housework and some people genuinely don’t understand what it means to be a good housemate.

Whether you’re a roommate or a romantic partner, living with someone else requires a certain amount of consideration in order for it to work.

If you want to be easier to live with, why not try some of these little gestures because when you’re living together, it’s the little things that make the most impact.


With one helper, the right gadgets, and a good system, here’s how I made over a week’s worth of meals in less than an afternoon.

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First of all, let me apologize to my vegetarian friends.

I’m using ground beef in this post. You could substitute vegetarian ground beef (seasoned with lime and marmite to punch up the flavor), and if you wanted to make it healthier, you could use ground chicken or turkey.

Also, there are NO affiliate links in this story, anything I mention is something I use and love.


This mental adjustment can help defend you against the lies and deceit on Social Media.

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“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to protect yourself against misinformation? A way to make sure you don’t get fooled again, particularly if you’ve fallen for it before?

Well, if you’ve been taken in by false information, don’t feel bad. Not only does it happen to the best of us, but knowing you’ve fallen for it might be the key to immunizing yourself from it in the future.

The Association for Psychological Science has discovered that pointing out misinformation helps you remember the truth. …


Take 5 minutes to move your life forward, heal old wounds, and create space for more happiness.

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You know the saying “little things mean a lot” well, that’s true for all areas of life, including personal transformation.

Sometimes it doesn’t take years of therapy or perseverance to make a meaningful change.

Sometimes a five-minute effort can pay off in huge ways.

Here are five ways to potentially change your life that take about 5 minutes to execute.

They might require some follow-through or additional work after the fact, but you can get the ball rolling with about 5 minutes of effort.

So have a look at this little list and see if there’s a place in your life you could implement one of these fast-acting…

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Erin King

Writer, musician, toddler wrangler. Author: “How To Be Wise AF”, a 30-day prompted journal-find out more on Amazon. Contact me at e.king.cooks@gmail.com

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