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How to Have the Layoff of Your Dreams

This is way better than hanging out in a cubicle!

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Amy Smith is an incredibly smart, driven woman who’s enthusiastic and fun at after-work happy hours (well, I don’t know this for sure, but I think she’s fun at regular happy hours so…). So 2015 when her boss gently broke the news that her job had been eliminated, Amy was gobsmacked. She went through all the feelings you’d imagine: fear, shame, self-doubt, anger… you name it. But after a series of events, her mindset shifted. Now she says getting laid off is the best thing that ever happened to her. Here’s how it all went down.

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A Stupidly Easy Trick to Keep Your Bedroom Clutter-Free

Not to be dramatic, but this basket saved my life.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions (read more about that here). However, I do love any attempt at making your life happier, healthier and less stressful. My beef with the New Year’s thing is that it’s focused on one day. Why not resolve to make your life better whenever you’re feeling motivated? For me, that time is almost never New Year’s Day. But I digress.

If you’ve been reading Hey Eleanor for awhile, you know that I’m constantly battling crap.

I feel like my house is full of crap, I have too much crap in my closet, our drawers are full of kitchen crap, office crap, linens crap, and just more and more crap. I know I’m not the only person with crap/clutter problems. Here’s the proof: this is by far the most popular post on Read more

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8 Healthy (-ish) Holiday Treats

Instead of crying yourself to sleep every night of December because your tummy hurts, why not make healthier treats in the first place? You might be pleasantly surprised how little you (and your persnickety family) notice the omission of the naughty stuff.

I don’t know about you guys, but throughout the holidays, I oscillate between “Who cares? It’s Christmas! I’ll eat whatever I damn-well please!” and “Ugh, I feel disgusting, why did I eat an entire tin of stale ginger snaps?”

Instead of crying yourself to sleep every night of December (and the first half of January) because your tummy hurts, why not make healthier treats in the first place? Grain-free (or dairy-free or gluten-free or free-of-unrefined-sugars) is not code for “tastes like cardboard-y crap.” You might be pleasantly surprised how little you (and your persnickety family) notice the omission of the naughty stuff.

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Chewy Chocolate Ginger

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The #1 Person You Should Talk to This Holiday Season

Teenagers, they’re just like you, but decades ago.

Every month, I send out a Hey Eleanor challenge (you can sign up here). I think it’s important to practice living outside your comfort zone, and each week’s email asks subscribers to try to incorporate a little Hey Eleanor-inspired activity into their everyday life.

This week’s challenge felt important to share with a broader audience. As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, please keep this idea in the back of your mind. Trust me, it’s something you can squeeze in between downing mugs of egg nog and shoveling cookies into your face. Just try to wipe away the crumbs first .

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Remember junior high? I do.

It was very exciting.

You got your own locker! Gossip! More challenging classes (< nerd alert)! And so many new boys!

I also remember it being awful.

I … Read more

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What It’s Like to Use A Neti Pot

Meet the nasal irrigation system, aka neti pot.

Last week, I found myself couch-bound, battling a terrible cold.

Tylenol, Sudafed, nasal spray– nothing seemed to help. So I decided to try the neti pot I bought nearly 6 months ago, but have been too afraid (literally) to test drive. According to Wikipedia, using a neti pot, also called nasal irrigation or nasal douching (!), “is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses… According to its advocates, nasal irrigation promotes good sinus and nasal health.”

I was miserable and had nothing to lose. Here’s what happened irrigated my nasal cavity. Enjoy!

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