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Free $25 loans to give on Kiva: make a difference now!

Have you heard of Kiva? Kiva connects thousands of lenders all over the world to borrowers and partner institutions in different countries. Working together, they help alleviate poverty through small loans. Kiva is currently offering a series of free trials, with sponsored $25 loans to get you started. What does that mean? Sign up with this link and you’ll get $25 to donate to any Kiva cause that you choose. When the money is paid back, it goes to the person who sponsored your loan, but it will give you a chance to see how Kiva works for free, and you can help people around the world.

There are just 1,333 free loans left as I write this, so head over there now to give it a try. It takes less than five minutes to get started, and you can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

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Easy tips to achieve work-life balance

Thanks to Mariángeles for this path photo from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Work-life balance is one of the most talked about issues these days, though I’ve always thought that was something of a misnomer: after all, isn’t work actually a part of our lives? I evaluate balance in my life by reviewing the nine areas of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, professional, social, spiritual, and sexual. So, while I’d like to address the issue of “work-life” balance, I’ll be calling it professional wellness.

How do you rate your professional wellness, on a scale of 1 to 10? What would need to happen to make it a 10? What would a 10 look like to you? If your professional life were perfect, how would you feel?

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Soul Food for Women

And yes, it’s yet another inspirational event here in the London area. If you’re in the area and are interested, consider trying this out as a way to stretch out of your comfort zoneshake up your social life or spice up your exercise plan.



“Soul Food for Women”, a new, women-only soulful social networking group will launch in Kingston on May 10th.

Founder Susanne Meis, said: “Life can feel like All Work and no Play as women tend to look after everybody else and put themselves last. Actively scheduling time to focus on female Wellbeing is absolutely vital.”

“The new Soul Food for Women group welcomes all women to meet in a beautiful space to nourish their Female Wellbeing through joyful & easy holistic Dance, friendly group chanting, shared laughter and inspiration. You will feel nurtured, inspired and uplifted – ready to take on the world again!”

The free Launch Party takes place at Market House, Market Place, Kingston from 8-10pm.

Register & receive inspirational gift novel at

Space limited. Register now!

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Shake up your social life

The light through the trees is amazing on this! Please click on the photo to visit Rebeccas blog.

Before I moved to London, someone mentioned that it was really difficult to meet people here. Then it came up again with another person. Now that I’ve been living here for five months, it’s 100% clear to me that everything is relative.

Because since we moved here, I’ve met more people in London than in the entire last year or two that I lived in Argentina. Why? Because I’ve been networking like crazy. I’ve met tons of people. And I’m loving it!

When was the last time you met someone new?

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Easy tips on how to say no

Thanks to Ali for this path photo! Please click on the photo to visit her blog. Thanks!

I’ve said this twice now: “If you don’t know who you are, where you are, and where you’re going, then you have no perspective. You won’t know how to prioritise, and how to get things done and when.” Setting priorities helps me make clear decisions on how to plan my days and weeks, and it makes it easy for me to say no to things that I don’t want to do or that aren’t related to my high-priority goals and activities.

So why is it that some people find it so difficult to say no? Often it’s a case of people putting others’ interests before their own, and not respecting their right to decide how to manage their time. Once you understand what your goals and priorities are, and that your time is yours to manage, saying no becomes easier.

Tips on how to make saying no an easy part of your life:

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