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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

3 Resolutions to Have a Happier 2014

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New Year's Baby with Top HatAs the calendar turns from one year to the next, many of us feel drawn to evaluate our lives and make changes. Why? Because we all want to be happy. That’s the root of all New Years Resolutions, really; we are hardwired to want happiness.

But what will really make you happy in 2014? Psychologist Dan Gilbert tells us that humans are horrible at predicting what will make them happy. Perhaps that’s why so few of us actually follow through with our resolutions for a full year: we quit when what we thought would make us happy doesn’t.

So what resolutions can you make this year that could actually make you happier in 2014?
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What To Do With Unwanted Gifts

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Santa Claus Let’s assume that we are all very grateful and polite people. We know to smile and say thank you when given a gift, and more often than not we appreciate the generosity that’s been shown to us.

But… still…

Sometimes even the most grateful among us ends up with a box or two of “what the heck were they thinking?” from a well-meaning loved one. Or, perhaps you’re trying to downsize your life and have simply been overwhelmed by too much stuff.

What’s a kind person to do with unwanted gifts?
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3 Tips for Working Moms to Nurture Friendships

Categories: relationships, working mom

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bffConfession: maintaining friendships is not my strong suit. Left to my own devices, I will get wrapped up in the busyness of my life until months have gone by without my closest friends hearing from me. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of learning about friendship from some amazing women who are great at keeping in touch and nurturing relationships. I’ve taken some of these lessons and figured out how to maintain friendships no matter how busy (or self absorbed) I get.
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How to Get Into A “Flow”

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Go with the Flow Have you ever been working on a project and completely lost track of time? Have you ever forgotten to eat because you’re engrossed in your work? You may have been experiencing what Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow, a state of “heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work” that is essential for happiness.
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5 Tips To Simplify Gift Giving

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Gift It is said that it’s better to give than to receive, and I find that to be doubly true during the winter holiday season. However, a long list of loved ones worthy of presents, limited funds, and a time crunch can turn a joyous activity into a source of stress. Don’t get overwhelmed by gift giving this year. These tips can help you hold onto your holiday spirit!
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