Category: Learning

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The Big Book of 30 Day Challenges is Here!

I’m excited to announce that The Big Book of 30 Day Challenges is finally here! As many of you know, I spent much of 2017 working on this book, which is a short collection of 30-day challenge ideas for all aspects of life including fitness, food, productivity, learning, creativity, and relationships. The challenges are straightforward and easy to digest with...

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The Life Changing Magic of Not Watching the News

Last month, my husband committed to a 30 day no news challenge where he would not read, watch or listen to any news. Below is a transcript of several audio interviews I conducted with him following his 30 day media fast, which he successfully completed on January 14, 2017. Insights from the no news challenge Why was the consumption of news a problem...

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Less yelling, more praise: reinforcing positive behavior at home

It was an ordinary Sunday morning. I was sitting in the living room with the kids drinking coffee when to my utter shock and surprise, my husband got up and started cleaning. He rinsed dishes, took out the garbage, collapsed boxes and started a load of laundry. It’s about time, I muttered to myself. I share this story because in learning about behavior modification and positive reinforcement...

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Can you heal and train an old dog in 30 days?

This is my dog. His name is Murray and he’s 8. Cute huh? I can still remember that cold winter morning when we drove out to the Chicago suburbs to meet him for the first time. There were actually two Maltese puppies to choose from. Both adorable. One was mellow and laid back. The other was a hyperactive little yipper who wouldn’t...

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Allora, let’s talk about the Italian challenge

Eight weeks ago, in anticipation of my Tuscan vacation, I decided to learn Italian. I wanted to be able to carry on a simple conversation in Italian, so I took a few lessons, made flashcards, practiced with native speakers, and prepared cheat sheets. Then, I got on a plane. I am home now, and can report that my command of the language fell short of expectations....

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Learning Italian: From Zero to Conversational in Six Weeks

I’m going to Italy next month. Wahoo! I’m planning on eating lots of pasta, drinking lots of wine, and speaking nothing but Italian. The only problem is I don’t speak a lick of Italian, which is why I’ve decided to dedicate the next six weeks to learning it. I’ve already started – check it out: https://youtu.be/-QvqcXlaSVk   I’m fascinated by the...