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MEL: I’ve got to get on Amazon and see if that espresso maker is on sale for Black Friday!

MEL’S SISTER: I hate Black Friday sales.

MEL: Why?

MEL’S SISTER: Too much stress and decision making and worry about missing out.

That’s kind of the whole marketing point behind limited time only sales. The consumer gets a deal and the marketer gets to set a deadline and create a...

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Read this if you're struggling with expectations

The Jolly Zoo is celebrating Thanksgiving today with a Cracker Barrel feast-in-a-box. I’m pretty sure that’s not what they call it, but that’s basically what it is.

The steps to enjoy a feast-in-a-box are:

  1. Order the feast-in-a-box online.
  2. Drive to Cracker Barrel and pick up box.
  3. Drive home.
  4. Put everything in the oven (after removing packaging… duh.)
  5. Accept begrudging...
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Read this if you're having trouble disconnecting

It’s been a rainy week here at the Jolly Zoo. On Thursday we had 8 inches in 24 hours. But, because I work from home and our power remained intact, I was able to continue life as usual.

Thursday evening a friend called:

HER: Can you believe how bad it is?

ME: How bad what is?

HER: …

ME: what?

HER: You don’t know? We have like 40 roads washed out in the county, there’s...

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Giving up your goals? Coasting into the new year?

I plan my year in rolling quarters, which means I always have 3 desktop size calendar pages up on my wall. I just changed them to Nov, Dec, Jan. Looking at the calendar, I realized:

There’s still plenty of time left in the year to work on your goals!

Yes, it’s true. There are 8 weeks left in the year, which is actually a pretty long time. So if you’ve had those goals on the...

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Read this if you've been stressed out

Being Very Stressed for long periods of time is not Very Helpful in the grand scheme of our first world lives. The stress response is there to help us humans run away from tigers that might want to eat us or fight bears that might want to eat us… or generally to help us stay alive and not get … uh… eaten.

However, staying in flight or fight mode for long periods of...

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How to Get Motivated When You Don't Wanna

Yesterday, I had some things that needed to get done, but I Did. Not. Feel. Like. Working. My sister suggested I take an impromptu day off, but here’s what I knew:

Sunday Mel would be so mad that Saturday Mel hadn’t taken care of those tasks.

So after rejecting her first suggestion, I went with my sister’s second suggestion:

Set a timer for a short amount of time and work on...

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Are you dividing your focus?

Here at the Jolly Zoo, we’ve been working hard on decluttering and reorganizing our space and it feels so good.

Decluttering is something I wanted to do for a long time, but I never even began to tackle it because it was such an overwhelming project. I mean, my house isn’t huge, but the whole reason I need to declutter is because there’s So. Much. Stuff.

Finally, I had to take...

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Is multitasking real?

In my rest time this week, I picked up one of my favorite books, MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.

I happened to reread the essay about multitasking by Dr. Christian Jarrett. Now you know I always say…

Multitasking is a dirty lie designed to make you start a million things, finish none of them, and end...

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Read this if you've been feeling anxious & unproductive in 2020

I recently read DIGITAL MINIMALISM by Cal Newport. It’s a great book that covers everything from why we’re addicted to social media (it’s rigged to be addictive), how we’re depriving our brains of the opportunity to think our own thoughts (because when faced with a moment of silence, we pick up our phones), and includes actual strategies you can use to cut back or cut...

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Cleaning Your Email List - Yes or No?

Hey, friend! Let’s talk about the age old question…

Should I purge inactive subscribers from my list?


Most newsletter providers offer many stats and ways to group people on your list including the option to group people who have not opened the last X number of emails. This makes it easy to find out if you have some subscribers who just aren’t opening (or maybe aren’t...

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