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Austin American-Statesman: Austin experts give us their year end tips

December 22, 2009


by Sarah Beckham

I’m lucky enough to get to interview many smart, insightful Austinites for this column. As the year winds down, I caught up with some of the experts who have been featured in this space during 2009. I asked them to share something that had made their lives easier, richer, more productive or in any way better in the past year. Their tip could be anything a book, a gadget, a habit that readers also could put to use. Here’s what they had to say:

Lorie Marrero

Creator of and author (‘The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life’)

“The Big Leap: Conquer Your Fears and Take Life to the Next Level” by Gay Hendricks was recommended to me by Renee Trudeau and I have since told a bazillion people to read it. It’s one of those arm-twisting kinds of recommendations — “you HAVE TO read it so we can discuss it.” That kind of book love is rare! What I love about it is it gives you a solid framework for understanding where your comfort zone is and why you need to bust through it — also why you’re currently not doing that — and the concept of “Einstein Time,” the idea that time is more flexible than we think and is actually created by you and is not the enemy.

Getting up early truly has also changed my life. I started doing it at the end of last year when I was finishing my book, and I just kept going. I get up now between 5 and 6 a.m. without an alarm clock. It gives me so much more time in my day to do things that are easy to skip, like exercising.

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