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About monicadnelson

Monica is an entrepreneur, business owner, freelance writer/editor, truth seeker, free spirit, and self-improvement enthusiast. She loves to share her experience and teach interested people the things that she has learned along her life journey. Follow her at and Twitter.

Sabbatical

I’ve come to a point where I need to leave the responsibility of this blog so that I can put my attention on more pressing (survival) issues. So I am taking a sabbatical. Thank you to all of you who supported me during the last couple of years. I hope to see you all soon. Thanks, Monica

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A Small Push Toward Expressing Your Creativity

By Monica Nelson When it comes to creativity, there are three types of people – people who fearlessly exploit their creativity, people who forever deny their creativity, and a large population of people who admit to their creativity but are reticent to use it. Think of all the famous historical figures – artists, scientists, inventors, business people, architects – these belong to the first group. The second group, that denies their creativity, are the people who Abraham Maslow would characterize as on the Physiological level, or even the Safety level, of his hierarchy of needs. They are consumed by survival. If you are reading this, you are probably in the … Continue reading

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9 Counter-intuitive Ways to Improve Concentration and Get More Done

By Monica Nelson The faster our world speeds up, the less we seem to be able to get done. The technology that has come along to help us improve our lives can be just as destructive to accomplishing what we must. One of the problems we face in getting more done is that we can’t seem to concentrate enough to get our tasks done in the time they should take. Instead, we end up spending more time trying to get our focus. If this strikes a chord with you, why not slow down a little to begin with. Or take extra time to do certain rituals that in the long … Continue reading

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Stop Criticizing Your Inner Critic – 4 Steps to Analyze and Follow Critical but Stellar Advice

By Monica Nelson I read a lot of self-help and psychologically based advice. It’s served me well, and helped me to become a better person. But there are times when I question consensus views on certain positions. One of those is the popular belief that your inner critic is a bad thing. Until recently universal opinion has been that your inner critic is bad, and should be silenced. This is the part of you that is attempting to cut you down and make you believe you are worthless. The key here is that your inner critic is part of you. If you label this inner critic as bad or undesirable, … Continue reading

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Convey a Heartfelt Message in Writing – 7 Tips to Touch Another with Emotion

By Monica Nelson With Valentine’s Day approaching, loving sentiments can be found on every greeting card rack. Words written by another are nice, but your own heartfelt message delivers an emotional shot to their heart and endears you to them in a special way. If you want to make a bold impact, follow these tips to convey a heartfelt message. 1. Get in touch with your feelings. Feelings are the language of the heart. To evoke emotion from another, you must know and understand your own. Go to a quiet place and clear your mind. Draw your awareness to your current state of mind. What are you feeling right now? … Continue reading

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Can We Forgive Enough to Ban the Box?

By Monica Nelson Twenty years ago I worked as a volunteer with a group that taught GED preparation to a group of prisoners at a large metropolitan county jail. What a wonderful experience that was. Our little group consisted of three or four instructors and a leader who was in charge of our program. We met with a group of around 20 prisoners once a week. The men we instructed had to be chosen to participate in the program because there was a waiting list three times longer than the number of accepted participants. Each student had to display exemplary behavior to get in and, once in, had to give … Continue reading

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Taking on Too Much Responsibility – 4 Tips to Equanimity

By Monica Nelson I was working in the kitchen the other morning with the TV going on in the the other room. It was a child’s cartoon with a clear message, teaching its young viewers the need to be responsible. This is a message that demands attention, and over the last twenty or thirty years has been sounded with great veracity. Not only to children, but to those who have grown up and still refuse to become responsible. While true that it is a necessary lesson for many people, there is a flip side – a downside to it that we have not yet come to recognize. That flip side … Continue reading

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Conquering Discipline – 6 Steps to Move Beyond Just Do It

By Monica Nelson Years ago, a certain popular footwear company inferred to its customers that athletic prowess was a combination of their shoes and the drive to Just Do It. A reference to change through discipline, that line struck a chord with people so much that the slogan remains part of our culture today. But it’s one thing to say just do it. And a whole other thing to put that action into practice. Some background first. There are two types of change – involuntary, or the kind that is forced upon you, and voluntary, the kind you choose for yourself. We see a behavior in ourselves that is unwise, … Continue reading

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Valuing Faith, in Whatever Form It Takes

By Monica Nelson I come from a Christian background. And I owe a lot to that Christian upbringing. One benefit that I am truly thankful of every day is how my spiritual beginnings instilled within me a strong and vibrant faith. I bristle when I hear people put down anyone’s faith as misplaced, of no real value, or even harmful in any sort of respect. This is my personal take on faith and its value to you as an individual, and society as a whole. What is faith?   This is where most of the problem lies – in the definition. Ask any two people you choose what faith is, … Continue reading

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What Makes Us Perfect is Our Imperfection

By Monica Nelson As a writer, I adore watching movies in order to study story structure. I will devour the really well made flicks over and over to catch nuances that I may have missed in the previous viewings. When I started this pastime, I discovered a side glitch that I didn’t expect. I began to see errors in production – for instance, an article of clothing that was invented or used only after the time period the story took place. Or a glimpse of a piece of filming equipment in the background. All imperfections to an otherwise perfect creation. I realized that this is a very apt metaphor for … Continue reading

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