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500 Expressions of Self-Care

[Guest post by Progress Mapper Ellie Kozlowski] Bubble baths? You betcha. Water-conserving shower? Uh-huh. In fact, my self-care routine seems to be full of contradictions. I guess that makes sense—I need different things on different days. One day I’m all, “Eat a piece of pie!” and the next day I’m all, “Do not eat a piece of [...]

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What it (really) takes to pay off $35,000 of credit card debt. In seven months.

When we talk about paying off debt—if we even talk about it—so much of the focus is on strategy and approach, the systems we use, or how we can save more/earn more. All of those things are important, if not essential, for most of us to get out of debt. Yet we rarely dig into the [...]

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Map Your Romance

So excited for this. For you. For your Sweetheart. For us all. Because now we get to use Creative Progress Maps to create something swoon-worthy. A new mini-adventure I’m calling Map Your Romance—something you and your Sweetheart can experience together! Mapping your romance is a way to create experiences and memories together where you get to [...]

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This one's for the perfectionists

When I tell people I've a recovering perfectionist, they often think I'm joking.Oh, but I'm not. :-)I've put a lot of years and effort into my recovery. Because my historical obsession with perfection nearly ruined my life. Not joking about that either. :-)So when I saw this comment posted by Tana, it made complete sense [...]

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​From Terrible Saver to Champion Mapper in 2 months

“I’m a terrible saver.”Channy recently confessed this to me no less than three times in the 30 minutes we spoke. I nodded knowingly. Me too.But here’s the thing. By the end of that conversation, I was not convinced that self-assessment was accurate. I mean—that may have been true a couple months ago. But that was [...]

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15 ways to love yourself (more)

I used to get so annoyed when people would say things like “you can’t love anyone more than you love yourself.” Or “there’s nothing more important than loving yourself.” Or worse, when people would suggest annoyingly woo-woo things like looking in the mirror and saying “I love you” over and over. This was pretty much because [...]

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How I finally became a person who meditates (most days)

It’s no great secret that meditation makes everything better. In fact, when I first read Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, this passage pretty much convinced me it was the key to everything in my life becoming better: Neuroscientists have discovered [...]

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Let's call it good enough

My freshman year in college, I got in the habit of interviewing people who were doing the kinds of things I wanted to be doing. I was curious to know what their life was like on a daily basis. I asked for any advice they could offer me, as I was just starting out.So, I [...]

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Progress Report: 30 Days In

June 1st, I announced to my friends on Facebook that my new business was open for business. A year or so in the making—Map Your Progress has evolved very organically, as it wasn’t something I’d foreseen—or rather, knew that I was going to create.What is Map Your Progress, anyway? I’m still trying to figure out [...]

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