Finding Presence and Purpose: Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth

A few weeks ago I wrote about on of the first “self-improvement” books to capture widespread attention, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People. This week, I want to discuss a more recent book that launched its author into the ranks of influential thought leaders, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. What makes this book different from its contemporaries? Tolle’s purpose “is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness.” This kind of thinking is precisely what led me
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Parenting and Productivity: Finding Balance at Work and Home

The balancing act between achieving advancement at work (in order to provide for our families) and having quality time to spend with our families is a constant struggle facing the modern working parent. Now more than ever, if we want to get ahead, it seems like we have to be completely dedicated to our jobs. Add advancements in technology and the increasingly global economy, and what once was a 9-to-5 commitment is creeping closer and closer to 24/7. There are many reasons working parents are finding it so hard to leave space in their career aspirations for family time. The advent of the “cloud” and the smartphone has given us the ability to work from practically
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Wisdom From Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People

Believe it or not, the first self-help best seller was published in 1936. Although it was written during the Great Depression, its lessons remain as important as ever. In fact, I could argue that they are even more relevant today! Modern technology means that less and less communication happens face-to-face, and we are in greater need of ways to improve our communication and connection skills. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People has influenced my work, parenting, and general life practices. It also inspired many of the lessons I wrote about in KIDmandment 5 — Relationships & Communication Skills. Carnegie includes over 30 principles in his book (which
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KIDmandment 8: Setting the Table for Healthy Habits

“Monkey see, monkey do” is a pretty apt way of describing how our kids learn from us. When we set an example for our kids, we can be pretty sure that they're going to copy us, for better or for worse. When it comes to our health and eating habits, the example we set for our kids (and the meals we cook for them!) set the foundation for their choices as they grow up. If we don't take care of ourselves, we can't expect our kids to develop healthy habits. If we are out of whack and making poor health choices for ourselves,
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