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101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

     As we head into February, many of you will have let your resolutions for 2012 slip. It’s incredibly common, so don’t fret.

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    This month provides a bit of a “gut check” for some or even a fresh start for others.

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    So whether you are tying to get back on track or are just getting on the track, this list of 101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life has got some real gems in it.

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    1. Learn to play a musical instrument.
    2. Keep a regular journal.
    3. Take plenty of photographs.
    4. Walk in the rain.
    5. Swing at a playground.
    6. Chase butterflies.
    7. Run fast.
    8. Sleep soundly.
    9. Dance.
    10. Skip stones.
    11. Skip rope.
    12. Just skip.
    13. Slow your breathing.
    14. Spend an afternoon with a six-year old.
    15. Read a work of fiction.
    16. Read a work of non-fiction.
    17. Sing.
    18. Build something from wood.
    19. Stretch.
    20. Eat some cake…not on a birthday, either.
    21. Close your eyes and focus.
    22. Doodle.
    23. Write letters. On paper.
    24. Fly a kite.
    25. Climb a mountain.
    26. Ride a horse.
    27. Sail.
    28. Share some ice cream.
    29. Enjoy a restaurant meal.
    30. Enjoy a home-cooked meal.
    31. Take in a matineé.
    32. Jump on a trampoline.
    33. Fence.
    34. Paint. Outside the lines.
    35. Dress up.
    36. Dress down.
    37. Ride an ATV.
    38. Learn to surf.
    39. Watch cartoons.
    40. Buy nice bedding.
    41. Camp outdoors.
    42. Give to charity.
    43. Make paper airplanes.
    44. Smell the roses.
    45. Embrace quiet.
    46. Adapt to noise.
    47. Stand up. Figuratively and literally.
    48. Sew.
    49. Grow food.
    50. Look in the mirror.
    51. Don’t judge.
    52. Walk away.
    53. Go for it.
    54. Buy experiences.
    55. Use a clothesline.
    56. Think more.
    57. Do less.
    58. Walk with your feet in the waves.
    59. Wear sandals.
    60. Smile.
    61. Disconnect from the world.
    62. Connect with your world.
    63. Don’t be afraid.
    64. Gaze at the stars.
    65. Push yourself.
    66. Deliver.
    67. Audit relationships regularly.
    68. Know when to step up.
    69. Know when to step back.
    70. Count.
    71. Follow up.
    72. Follow through.
    73. Explore.
    74. Learn a foreign language.
    75. Spend time in the dark.
    76. Pass it around.
    77. Drive less.
    78. Be outside the box.
    79. Treat yourself to a hot shave.
    80. Treat yourself to a pedicure.
    81. Age.
    82. Meditate on you.
    83. Meet people. Online and in person.
    84. Foster growth. Online and in person.
    85. Go to one major sporting event.
    86. Enjoy a cocktail.
    87. Be the hammer, not the nail.
    88. Process.
    89. Be honest.
    90. Stop apologizing.
    91. Show gratitude.
    92. Raise the bar.
    93. Do great work.
    94. Play with dolls.
    95. Practice.
    96. Drink water.
    97. Swim.
    98. Date your spouse.
    99. Find what you love.
    100. Find a way to do what you love.
    101. Do that. Repeat.

    (Photo credit: Man in yellow wheat meadow via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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