Continuous Glucose Monitors: Review of January.ai for Non-Diabetics

Continuous Glucose Monitors: Review of January.ai for Non-Diabetics

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Our genes don’t define us, but they can certainly shape us. While some of our genes are phenomenal, others may hold us back, causing us to work harder than not fall into a ditch that our bodies are more coded for. For me, one of those areas in my health is diabetes. Even for the fittest of my family members, my family history related to diabetes is abysmal.  In addition, I am a sugar addict. While I eat relatively healthy otherwise, I absolutely love, crave, and cope using sugar.  Due to my family history, I have been increasingly curious about continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). Somehow, I started receiving ads on Facebook related to various continuous glucose monitor programs. Of course, this led me to be even more curious. Recently, I…
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Cheap Peloton Setup: My Personal Peloton Alternative

Cheap Peloton Setup: My Personal Peloton Alternative

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For those who don’t know, I’m a huge Peloton fan. Before I got hooked, I had been to exactly one spin class in my life. It was miserable, and I vowed never to try spinning again.   Everything changed when I stayed at a hotel in New York for a week. It was raining a lot that week, so my ambitious plans for running in Central Park before work got thrown out the window. Fortunately, the hotel had a Peloton bike. I fell in love. When I used the hotel bike, the membership I got lasted about three months. During this time, I used the app for free at home and on spin bikes at my gym. At that point, I had my favorite instructors and signed up for the digital…
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6 Tips to Avoid Falling Back Into Pre-COVID Habits

6 Tips to Avoid Falling Back Into Pre-COVID Habits

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Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I’ve started doing a few “normal” activities again. I have eaten inside at a restaurant, perused the shelves at the store without worrying about who is within six feet of me, and meandered around a shopping mall. Our offices are still working remotely, but I’ve gone in a few times without fear of contracting COVID.  It has been surprising how “normal” embracing some of these pre-COVID habits has been. I hadn't eaten inside a restaurant for well over a year, and yet it felt like I could have been there last week. It has shown me how easy it will be to fall back into old habits.  Before we rush back into our old habits, it’s worth asking the questions What habits have we fallen into…
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Naming Your Money Fears

Naming Your Money Fears

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What are your biggest money fears? What are the top three things you worry about most when it comes to money? Is it that your spouse will find out that you secretly love to buy X? Or that your friends will find out that while you live a lavish lifestyle, you actually won’t be able to retire because you have no savings? Is it that you will have to work in a job you hate for the rest of your life just to keep up with the Jones’? Do you worry that you won’t be able to afford your house if you or your spouse loses a job? Do you fear having to sell something that you really enjoy (a boat, a car, or a prized antique)? Is it that…
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9 Best Tips To Survive the Rest of COVID Winter with Kids

9 Best Tips To Survive the Rest of COVID Winter with Kids

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I don’t know about you, but not only are COVID times growing interminable, but winter during COVID is feeling like a never-ending polar vortex.  But, we will all get through it, and even if it will still be COVID times, at least it will be spring soon.  Until then, here are my best tips to surviving the rest of COVID winter. 1. Return to the Outdoors In October, it snowed where we live. My kids were elated - we even overnighted new sleds since the old ones had broken and there weren’t yet any in local stores. Now when it snows, my children barely lift an eyebrow. I had bought us all ski goggles, so we could still get outside even when temperatures dropped below zero. That was optimistic. Instead, we have become…
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Women’s Money Manifesto

Women’s Money Manifesto

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Are you ready to reshape your financial future? Did you come to Women’s Money looking for some practical tips on managing your money, learning how to invest, negotiating for a sabbatical, or even building a business? Women’s Money is a community of strong, action-oriented women who are inspired to create change for themselves and positively impact the world around them. We believe in: Letting go of the past.Living in the present.Investing in the future. We do this by: Shaking it off and starting with a clean slate.Knowing that through challenge, we can change.Finding joy and making more brilliant moments.Showing up and doing what we say we will. We invest in ourselves. We use structure to create freedom. We don’t improve just for ourselves. We also strive to improve the lives of others. …
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What Do You Need Right Now?

What Do You Need Right Now?

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What kind of preparation do you do for important moments in your life? Maybe you spent hundreds of hours, logging thousands of miles, preparing for a marathon. Maybe you prepared responses to exhaustive lists of interview questions to prepare for a job interview. Maybe you spent months agonizing over a guest list and table centerpieces and tens of thousands of dollars preparing for a wedding. Maybe you went to classes, read countless books, and packed and repacked your hospital bag to prepare for childbirth. Maybe you are saving for an entire lifetime to be ready for retirement. But what about today? This exact moment? How much time did you spend preparing for right now? Why Preparation is Important One thing I have learned during this time of COVID is the…
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8 Key Metrics to Assess Your Financial Well-Being

8 Key Metrics to Assess Your Financial Well-Being

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Last week I wrote about seven frameworks to analyze your entire life and overall well-being. But what if you’re not interested in your overall well-being and just want personal finance specific frameworks?   You're in luck. We have some metrics you can use to assess your financial well-being. Metrics to Assess Your Financial Health Below are the best ways to think about your personal finances. You can analyze, track, and assess your financial health and wellness with these metrics. Run the numbers, and see how you are doing. 1. Income and Expenses The simplest framework for understanding your monthly and yearly finances is to understand your income and your expenses. To put together this list, simply put your income in one spreadsheet (or column of a spreadsheet) and your expenses for that…
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Virtual Volunteering: 13 Ways to Volunteer Online

Virtual Volunteering: 13 Ways to Volunteer Online

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During Giving November, we’ve been focused on ways to be grateful and give back by giving away your money, your stuff, and even your time.   Organizations need volunteers now more than ever. But, due to COVID-19, many people either aren’t able or willing to volunteer. Furthermore, some organizations can’t accept traditional volunteers.  So how can you make a difference without donating money or volunteering in person? The answer is virtual volunteering. How to Volunteer Online There are many organizations with online volunteer opportunities. But how can you find opportunities? Here are 13 ways you can volunteer online. Call or Email Local Organizations Many nonprofits are still trying to figure out how to move traditional volunteering opportunities to remote volunteer work. Some organizations were able to pivot quickly during COVID-19. Others…
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5 Unexpected Benefits of Giving Away Stuff

5 Unexpected Benefits of Giving Away Stuff

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During Giving November, we aren’t just focused on giving away money. The month is also about giving away our time, our skills, and our stuff.  Whether it’s gently used or toys, clothes, books, or even furniture, here are five unexpected benefits of donating things to charity.  1. You Will Feel Lighter Before we were all glued to Marie Kondo’s Netflix Special, “Tidying Up," Gretchen Rubin was writing about the benefits of having an empty shelf.   When you give away your things, you feel lighter and less weighed down.  2. You Gain a Sense of Control Similar to the weight that is metaphorically lifted when you give away your things, decluttering provides a sense of control. Even doing just one small thing on your checklist will empower you to take…
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