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Families GO GONZO Carnival

Posted by 15 March, 2009 (2) Comment

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Welcome to the Families Go Gonzo Carnival. This is an idea that was suggested to me by Kilroy_60. I hadn’t really discussed family much on Happiness Is Better so I thought I would give it a try.

Family and friends are a large part of the lives of most people. They are a source of laughter, encouragement, and support in times of need. Some might say that families are an institution through it’s inherent guidance and support. I’m sure your family has been instrumental in shaping who you are today.

This carnival is a bit different from past posts, so please keep that in mind.

Families

You’ve got to love families. Some family can test your nerves. Other parts of your family may be optically challenged (go with me on this one), but you love them all the same.

It’s always fun to get the family together around the holidays and although different heritages may have slightly different customs, most people have very similar experiences. At family gatherings, you can sit around the table and tell stories about your other family members and their shenanigans. Some people may hang out and watch football or others may go around the neighborhoods caroling.

What are some interesting stories that were told during your family gatherings?

Besides Thanksgiving (I love turkey, mashed potatoes, and macaroni & cheese), I would say that two of my favorite holidays are mother’s and father’s day. I like to make sure people know they are appreciated and those two holidays fill that void. What sorts of things have you done for mother’s or father’s day? I usually try to come up with a creative gift or treat my mother or father to dinner. I’ve also created some interesting mother’s day cards in the past using great photos. My wife, hoping that she might one day open a bakery, has come up with some creative cookies for people during the holidays. We typically try to give a present or gift that means something instead of just grabbing a gift card down at the nearest big box store. This isn’t just to save money, which I do enjoy, but I feel like these gifts come from the heart.

I recently took a look at the great photos and video from the past. A lot of great memories. From family photos to baby foot prints to pictures of friends at birthday parties and other events. Life is full of interesting stories.

What is your favorite holiday to spend with friends and family? Christmas? Hanukah? Memorial Day? 4th of July?

Family is an institution. Friends are also the family you choose. Much like the founder of this carnival created a blog to honor someone, this carnival is a reflection of the appreciation of the good time spent with some of the most important people in our lives, family.

Many thanks to Kilroy_60 and our sponsor, For Your Success, in addition to the contributors: Anthony McCune, What I See Out My Window, The Vanity of It All, The North Canton Beat, Stark County, Ohio Views, and News, Stark Reporter, Danny Brown, Josh Payne, The Banquet Manager, Sigrid Landau, AIC, Suzanne Casamento, munfaridon, and Julian Pollock.

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Carnival of Personal Development – February 2, 2009

Posted by 2 February, 2009 (15) Comment

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Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Development. I’m pretty excited as this is the first time I’ve hosted a carnival.

Editor’s Picks

Relax presents How I overcome my fear instantly posted at The Wise Curve, saying, “I was experiencing fear, and I was aware of it. I identified the fear stimulus, and I should overwrite the fear by creating new memory that counters it.”

VH presents Ten stress reducers posted at Funny about Money.

Patrick Meninga presents Alcoholism Help Guide posted at Addiction Help – Helping Addicts and Alcoholics Beat Addiction, saying, “Specific steps to take for overcoming alcoholism with discussion about making the initial decision to quit drinking. Includes recommendations for sobering up, getting started in early recovery, and transitioning into long term recovery.”

Burak Bilgin presents Write Your Personal History posted at Distiller’s Corner, saying, “As humans, we forget things, and events repeat themselves. Remembering and drawing conclusions from your history will help you being more prepared for your future. It will make your life more meaningful and valuable.”

Derek presents The Four-Hour Work Week Myth posted at Prevential, saying, “What do you think?”

Applying the Law of Attraction presents Use the LOA to Clean Up Your Friends List? posted at Applying the Law of Attraction Membership Library, saying, “If you think the Law of Attraction is only about material things, then you may miss the best part. The greatest treasures of your life can be in the people that…”

FIRE Getters presents A Simple Budget That Works? posted at FIRE Finance.

Personal Development

Will Edwards presents Our Abilities posted at Life Lessons, saying, “Well, it’s officially over – Barak Obama is now the president of the United Sates. I don’t think I’ve ever followed a political event as closely as this one. I certainly wish Mr. Obama all the best and hope that he is able to accomplish all that he has said he would like to.”

Dave presents Roundup of Sites That Save You Money (1/25) posted at Cheapo Groovo.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents How To Make Important Decisions Quickly posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, “Quick decision making is critical in just about every aspect of life. Every decision you make produces a result. In every line of business, quick decision making is crucial for success.”

Margaret Garcia presents The Investing Web Toolbox: 25 Killer Money Management Webapps posted at The Tip’d Blog.

Homemaker Barbi (Danelle Ice) presents Why Being the Bigger Person is Hard and 8 Ways that Help | Homemaker Barbi posted at Homemaker Barbi, saying, “Being the bigger person is hard. Exercising self-control with challenging people doesn’t come naturally to most of us, which is why it can take extreme effort to hold ourselves back. Why is is so hard to be the bigger person?”

Ms. Cheevious presents Brand Spanking New? Year posted at Ms. Cheevious, saying, “Think about it. If someone had intervened – and made a statement of protest – when a little Serbian company (called Zastava) decided it wanted to make cars, and then chose the name Yugo, perhaps they would have come up with an altogether better name – something really cool like Autobahn, or Millennium Cars.”

Tushar Mathur presents Interesting Facts on Jamaica posted at Travel-Eat-Sleep, saying, “Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometers in length and as much as 80 kilometers in width located in the Caribbean Sea. It is the third most heavily populated Anglophone country in North America, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm.”

Bill Urell presents Research Says Video Games Cause Bad Relationships, Is This A Surprise Or Twisting Statistics? posted at Addiction Recovery Basics, saying, “Researchers sated, “The most striking part is that everything we found clustered around video game use is negative.””

Erin Pavlina presents Health and Wellness: My Primary Personal Goal This Year posted at Erin Pavlina’s Blog, saying, “Health, fitness, and wellness is my primary personal goal this year, which means that at the end of this year I’d rather have made huge gains in this area than any other personal area of my life. Do you have a primary personal goal for the year?”

Joel Gray presents Discover How To Cleanse Yourself With Birch Tea posted at Health Tips 101.

Matthew Paulson presents Tools For Managing Your Home posted at American Consumer News.

Insurance Toolbox presents Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Fit Into Your Budget posted at Insurance Toolbox.

CreditCardAssist.com presents Consumer Fraud Alert: Watch Your Quarters posted at Credit Cards Blog | CreditCardAssist.com.

Andy presents My Story posted at Personal Hack, saying, “I was born in Egypt and I moved to America when I was 12. Moving here was probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done, it left me depressed for a year or two. I didn’t know the language well, I didn’t have friends, and worst of all there were no ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in my small high school…”

Debt Kid presents The #1 Reason You Can’t Get Out of Debt posted at DebtKid.

Ajay presents Fun-Learn-Share: 9 great management lessons from Dhirubhai Ambani posted at Fun-Learn-Share, saying, “Management Lessons from Dhirubhai Ambani, who created India’s largest company from only Rs. 10000 ($200) in 30 years timespan.”

Barry Wright III presents Effective Deadlines posted at 3stylelife.

Ryan Suenaga presents Low Cost Mental Critical Mass posted at Uncommon Cents.

Broderick Allen presents Life is Short? posted at Broderick Allen – Personal Growth and Enjoying Life’s Journey.

Viraj Sawant presents Skills to develop for successful online business posted at New-web-business.com, saying, “Skills-to-develop-for-successful-online-business”

Adam Pedley presents Absolute Truth posted at Adam Pedley.

Karen S Murphy presents The Lesson of Perfection posted at Polaris Rising, saying, “I have a confession to make: I’m not perfect. For that matter, neither are you. I’m totally okay with your non-perfection, and in fact I see perfection in your non-perfection—the very humanness that makes you the unique and loving person that is YOU. But in me it’s another matter. I “should” be perfect….NOT!”

Srini Saripalli presents An Interview With Blogging Evangelist Anil Dash posted at Internet Marketing | Information Marketing | Blog Marketing | Business Success.

Chris Edgar presents Let Go Of Responsibility For Your Ideas posted at Purpose Power Coaching, saying, “One of the most liberating realizations I’ve had in my life is that I’m not responsible for my ideas. In other words, I can do very little to make myself become creative, except for keeping my mind open to receiving insights, and writing them down as they come up. In this post, I’ll talk about how I came to this perspective, and how it can give us more peace and productivity in our work.”

ELM presents From Rags to Riches…with only £2! posted at Extraordinary Like Me, saying, “From humble beginnings can grow amazing things – this is the tale of how one man’s dream company grew from just £2 he found on the street, but is now a large and thriving food company in the heart of London…”

Ms. Smarty Pants presents A Time Management System That Works posted at Ms. Smarty Pants Know It All, saying, “a way to get your life under control”

Angela Dion presents Stuff Black People Like posted at Let’s Talk about Race, saying, “The purpose of Let’s Talk about Race is simple: I want to create a safe place where we can more closely examine our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and prejudices. I want to get you talking about race openly, honestly and safely with your family, friends and coworkers. Feel free to suggest topics, post comments and pass this blog on to others to spark more discussions.”

Mitesh Solanki presents Writing Personal Business Goals & Objectives posted at Creative Intellects.

Jim presents How To Expand Your Palate posted at Scotch Addict, saying, “Learning to expand your palate can greatly increase your enjoyment of foods and beverages!”

Mike Salara presents How To Make Sure Your Marriage Is On the Right Track posted at Mike Salara.

Chase Stowers presents Thinking Win-Win posted at Super Duper Blog-O-Rama!.

Wally Bock presents Don’t ask someone to be your mentor posted at Momentor.

Akemi presents Soul Shifting And the Light Ascension Of Maybe 2012 posted at Yes to Me.

Juliet du Preez presents Would You Choose To Be Immortal? posted at LifeMadeGreat Blog, saying, “If someone were to offer you a pill that would give you instant immortality, would you swallow it? Read on to see what your answer might tell you about yourself.”

Dawn presents What would you do if you had a short time to live? posted at Dawn’s Evolution, saying, “nada”

Jim McGuire presents Are You OK? posted at The Reading Workshop, saying, “This is an easy to use test to see if you have what it takes to be successful.”

Jeonard Cook presents Looking for Information? Reverse Cellular Phone Lookups Do Work posted at How to Find Phone Number.

Axel presents Rediscover The Beauty Of Life posted at axel g.

Dorian Wales presents Success: Who Dares Wins? posted at The Personal Financier, saying, “Following the crowds won’t get you there”

Personal Finance

Raily Arena presents Tips to Increase Your Chance of Selling Your Home posted at How to Sell Your Own Home.

Millionaireblog presents Making Money On Your Blog By Selling Ad Space posted at millionaire blog .co.uk, saying, “If you want to monetize your blog you can use several different strategies including: Google Adsense Ads, Affiliate Programs (such as Amazon, Ebay and MarketLeverage), Text Link Ads (such as Inlinks or TNX), Sell your own Product (such as ebooks, software or a service), Donations from readers (via a donate link on your blog), Sell your own Ad Space (Banners or Advertiser Blog Posts / Product Reviews)”

Buck Weber presents Coupons! posted at THE BUCK LIST, saying, “This post offers ideas on how to save money using coupons online and off.”

Gooru presents A Tale of Being Happily Careless posted at Money TLD, saying, “While going carless saves money, it can be a little intimidating. Here’s how I do it.”

Jim presents How to Pick a Financial Adviser or Planner posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Raymond presents Best CD Rates For High Yield Certificate Of Deposits posted at Money Blue Book.

David presents Spend What You Want And Pay Taxes Later posted at Personal Finance Ology, saying, “Learn the tax implications of owning your own business and make an informed decision about which type of business is right for you.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best Cash Back Credit Cards: Your Rewards For Spending posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “If you’re going to use credit cards and can pay off your balance every month, the best way to do it is with cash back credit cards that offer rewards for the things you spend on anyway.”

Mary@SimplyForties presents The Loose Budget posted at SimplyForties, saying, “Having a hard time sticking to a strict budget? Maybe a “loose budget” will be a better fit.”

Roth IRA presents Roth IRA & Certificates of Deposit posted at Roth IRA Explained.

DMH presents Bank of America $50 Checking Account Bonus posted at Daily Money Hack.

The Smarter Wallet presents Charting Stock Movements With Fibonacci Trading Techniques posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Some tips on investing and trading.”

The Dough Roller presents Discover More Credit Card–A Consumer Reports Rewards Card Pick posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “The Discover More Card is one of the few cards with just about every conceivable benefit and reward one could ask for.”

Patrick @ Military Money presents Money Management and Money Saving Tips posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “Money Management and Money Saving Tips – http://militaryfinancenetwork.com/2009/01/26/money-management-and-money-saving-tips/”

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents How to Save Money on Your Homeowner’s Insurance Rates posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Tips on how to save money on your homeowner’s insurance rates.”

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