Archive for September, 2008

Cleaning should be easy.

Well, my birthday is today.  I didn’t buy myself a new iPod or take a vacation. And much to the dismay of everyone I know, I actually came to work today.  I didn’t buy myself anything glamourus. I did, however, buy myself an awesome new vacuum and a Mr. Clean Magic Reach device. I know, you’re thinking, “are you kidding me?”  No, my friends, I am not.

I haven’t used the vacuum yet, but on Sunday morning, I broke out the Magic Reach, put one of scrubbing pads on it – and wow! Who knew scrubbing a tub could be so easy? I didn’t even really have to scrub and in less than two minutes my tub and shower walls were shining as if they were brand new.

I’m a big believer in keeping things simple. Why take ten steps to do something that can be done in five?  I admit, I bought this product on an impulse, but I figured it would work well – I’ve been a huge fan of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for years now. But as I cleaned my tub with less effort than I ever have before, it made me wish I had made the impulse purchase months before.

This year I am doing to do my best to simplify as many routine processes in my life as possible. It is something we can all do. Our lives don’t need to be incredibly complicated. I know I don’t want my life to be complicated. As silly as it sounds, the Magic Reach was the first step in what I hope will a year that I can look back on and say, “that was the year my life became incredibly simple, less stressful, and much happier!”


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Welcome to the September 15, 2008 edition of the Balanced Living Carnival.

One of my favorite submissions to this edition: Anand presents Fear of Success posted at Anand Dhillon . com, saying, “Fear of success can be insidious because it is often unconscious. Learn how to uproot the fear of success and prevent self-sabotage.”

Green Living

Ben Dinsmore presents 36 Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Use posted at Trees Full of Money, saying, “With energy prices on the rise, and the sustainability of our environment in question, I thought that it would be beneficial to share some of the energy saving tips that I have picked up over the years.”

Melinda presents Redefining Normal posted at One Green Generation.


Monica presents How Healthy is Your Lifestyle? posted at Enjoying a Healthy and Balanced Life, saying, “How balanced is your lifestyle? How do you manage stress?
Do you allow yourself a chance to rest and relax each day?”

Joshua Seth presents How Not To Lose Weight posted at Joshua Seth Blog.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Resources for Brain Health Across the Lifespan posted at SharpBrains, saying, “List of resources to maintain our brains in top shape”

Personal Growth & Development

Dereck presents An Essay on Human Growth posted at I Will Not Die.

Amit presents Dealing with death posted at Amit, saying, “How to deal with death and change your perception of it from one of a curse to a blessing.”

HighGrace presents A quick two-minute fix for anxiety and stress posted at Face to the Sun, saying, “How to relieve stress and anxiety through breathing”

Wally Bock presents To plan or not to plan posted at Momentor.

spillay presents Without a heater on a cold winter’s night AND BEING THANKFUL! posted at A Pot of Gold.

Mike Solara presents Improved Listening = Improved Self posted at Mike Solara.

Stacey Hoffer Weckstein presents I’m Afraid of the Tooth Fairy posted at createabalance.com, saying, “Join the conversation. Are you fearful of things that don’t exist? Are these fears holding you back? Do you challenge or accommodate your fears?”

KateAddict presents Existance. posted at slyparadox.com Blog.


Jacob presents The total cost of TV posted at Early Retirement Extreme.

Rigdha presents 10 Best Firefox Plugins to Increase Productivity posted at Get Your Success Now, saying, “Need more time? Consider saving the time you already have with these 10 productivity plugins for firefox.”

Professional Development

Lorna Doone Brewer presents Berry-Brewer Freelance Agency, Year One posted at Freelance Parent, saying, “This post is a humorous video overview of our first year of trying to balance life, family, a freelance business, and our own sanity.”


Shamelle presents DVD Clutter: How To De-Junk A DVD Collection posted at Enhance Life, saying, “It really is a nice feeling when your DVD collection disappears into your surroundings! Isn’t it?”

Professional Development

iamstr8fire presents The Audience Wants You To Be A Star posted at MarcusASmith.com, saying, “Ever wondered what the people you are speaking with really desire from you. Look inside to find out”

Anco presents Work Email Tips posted at Tipskey – Unlock Practicality, saying, “Using and writing work emails correctly will make our life at work easier due to smoother communication.”


Donald Latumahina presents How to Become a True Friend posted at Life Optimizer.

ElleAtDefiningSomeday presents How to be Polite at a Party posted at Defining Someday, saying, “How to handle awkward social situations, like baby showers.”


Stefanie Hutson presents 25 Incredibly Simple & Creative Ways to Act Charitably posted at Vat19.com slash Blog.


That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Balanced Living Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Improperly categorized and uncategorized posts will not be published.

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