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Develop more of what you want in your life.

This is where we talk about tips, tricks, goals, and methods for creating more of what you want in your life now that you’ve made room for it.
If you’ve already been through the Purging and Simplifying phases, then you’re ready to start building the good stuff!
We can tell you from our personal experience that it’s so much faster to build once you’ve made proper room for it, and that it’s such a long struggle if not.

Explore the Latest on Refining & Building

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The Permission You Need to Stop Trying So Hard
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3 Lies I No Longer Believe about the Bible
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How to Work from Home Online and Actually Make Money
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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet
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3 Easy Steps to Uncover Your Life Values
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Fun New Printables + An Awesome Healthy Deal!
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What are Superfoods? The Ultimate Breakdown – No Hype!
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Anonymous Acts of Kindness + Other World-Changing Ideas
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6 Detoxing Methods to Empower & Supercharge Your Health
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When You Can’t Even Fail Successfully…
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When Your Blogging Income Report Sucks…
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How to Change Habits – Surviving Hell Week
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How Staying Up All Night Can Make You a Better Adult
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This Challenge Could Change Your Life in a Week
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How to Murder Your Blog in 2 Easy Steps
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How We Took the Month Off and Still Made Money Online
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How We Landed on the Perfect Fun Date Idea!
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One of the simplest things can quickly and needlessly make or break your travel experience. You might think I'm talking about[...]
How We Met a Crazy Goal Last Year: 2015 Passive Income Report
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Why You Should Do a 365 Project Even if They Suck
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3 Reasons We Pay Our Kids for (Age Appropriate) Chores
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Minimalist Holiday Decor (Stuff You Don’t Have to Store)
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Minimalist Office Must-Haves to Be Healthier & More Productive
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Ultimate Educational Toys Gift Guide that Kids Will Love Long-Term
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Awesome Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Idea! For Less Holiday Stress.
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How to Plan for the New Year – No Amount of Do-Overs Will Substitute a Do-Better
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How Does the Origin of Christmas Affect Your Celebrations?
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25 Simple & Free Christmas Activities
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Free Printable: Simplifying the True Meaning of Christmas
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How to Make Sure You Have Time for What’s Important This Holiday Season
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10 Things You Can Check Off Your Christmas To Do List Now
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