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Carnival of Personal Development — May 4, 2009 Edition

I’m pleased to welcome you to the Carnival of Personal Development.  Special thanks to Jeremy Day of Insight Writer for permitting me to host this edition, and to all the participating writers for their submissions.  Without further ado, let’s jump right in:

Personal Development

Vincent presents Discover How Susan Boyle Turn Out To Be An Overnight Success posted at Health Money Success, saying “Learn how to overcome the odds and achieve success. Learn how Susan Boyle turn out to be an overnight success in Britain’s Got Talent.”

Erin Pavlina presents The Value of Attending Conferences posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying “Do you make it a point to attend conferences in fields you’re interested in? Are you aware of the incredible wellspring of experiential information you will get from attending a conference? Do you want to meet other people with similar goals and interests? Go to conferences I tell you! Make a point to go to at least one conference per year, and more if you’re able.”

Pius presents Self Improvement: Breaking The Pattern posted at, saying “One of the things a human being needs above all is change. Even people that claim to be creatures of habit like a little variety from time to time. Getting stuck in a rut and living the same monotonous life every day would wind anyone down, and you can instantly improve yourself by breaking free of these self-imposed restrictions.”

Hayden Tompkins presents How Tolerance Can Kill You posted at Through The Illusion.

GeekMBA360 presents “My life has been a series of well-orchestrated accidents” — do you need a break from career management? posted at GeekMBA360.

Victoria presents Best Man Speeches – Wedding Speech – Best Man Speech Ideas posted at Wedding Junction, saying “Common mistakes in a best man’s speech at a wedding.”

Asheesh presents Taurus Love Compatibility With Taurus – Taurus And Taurus – Love Relationship And Marriage posted at My Free Horoscopes, saying “The love compatibility of a Taurus with another Taurus.”

Erika presents Ecotourism in the Amazon Rain Forest posted at Spanish Country Travel, saying “If you are looking for a different kind of vacation for you and your family to take, you should definitely look into ecotourism.”

America001 presents Visiting Wine Country in Beautiful Traverse City, MI | America 001 posted at Visiting America, saying “If you happen to be in the Midwest, a nice trip to take is to the wine country in Traverse City, Michigan.”

Mike Pastore presents Coveys Seven Habits: Absorb Apply and Achieve Success posted at Mike Pastore.

Debbie Ducker presents Blog Carnival – Submit an Article to a Carnival posted at Plugged-N Free RSS Blog Advertising, saying “I found this article and was so impressed with it I had to pass it on. It’s the story of a young man’s dreams taking flight after being told he would never achieve them. If you have bad eyesight or know anyone that does, you have to read this.”

Sonia Gallagher presents Meditation for Dealing with the Recession posted at My Meditation Garden, saying “Learn how meditation can help you deal with and make the best of the recession and financial difficulties we currently face in the United States.”

Nina presents Discover Six Hidden Secrets of the Law of Attraction posted at Metaphysical Teachers, saying “The basic rule of the Law of Attraction is that like attracts like. When you’re in a healthy, successful mindset, you’ll be healthier and more successful. Positive thinking is a powerful tool as long as you use it correctly. So how do you do it?”

Ricky Wijaya presents Stuck in One Day posted at Chapters of My life.

ananga presents Present Moment Awareness: Lessons from Dogs on Being Here Now posted at Ananga’s Living by Design Blog.

Steven Lohrenz presents Culling the Herd posted at Steven Lohrenz.

Great management tips presents How To Improve Your Personal Productivity With Task Management posted at Great management tips, “Can you remember times when your personal productivity has been ineffective? Maybe, you have been given a large project to deliver and, at first, you are excited. Then, you suddenly realise how complex or large the project actually is and you become overwhelmed at the sheer scope of time and effort required. Have you experienced that?”

Job and career advice presents How To Conduct Yourself At The Interview posted at Job and career advice, saying “Your cover letter dazzled them, your resume is the best the Hiring Manager has ever seen and all your efforts have paid off because now you’ve been offered the interview. The final hurdle. Let’s agree the majority of people going for an interview will be nervous, scared and apprehensive. But they are no reasons for not conducting yourself in a proper way and being polite. Put yourself in the shoes of the Hiring Manager.”

Vincent presents 50 Ways To Make Yourself Happy posted at Health Money Success, saying “Here are 50 ways you can use to make yourself happy.”

Travis presents Dealing With Needy People | posted at Personal Web Guide.

Nui Loa presents 67 Cheap Date Ideas for the Recession-Era Romantic posted at Love Hacks.

Matt Goldenberg presents Avoid Burnout, Stay Energized, Harness the Power of The Recharge! posted at Life of Matt, saying “A move towards sustainable use of attention and energy.”

Daylle Deanna Schwartz presents Law of Attraction in Action: Clarity posted at Lessons from a Recovering DoorMat, saying “To help the Law of Attraction work most effectively, it’s important to be very clear and specific about what you want. Clarity can define your future!”

Karen S Murphy presents The story of the cat who did things differently posted at Polaris Rising, saying “A story about how living freely and from the heart has a ripple effect on society.”

jim presents Getting Things Done posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Ted presents College Advice: 100+ Tips for Survival posted at CampusGrotto.

Praveen presents Thomas J. Maloney – An Inspirational Obituary posted at Tao of Simplicity.

Tushar Mathur presents Oldest Cafe in Europe and other discoveries in Venice posted at India – Food & Travel Guide, saying ““So where else are you going,” asked Luca, an Italian settled in New Zealand who can’t stand staying in Italy because “nothing works there” (much like India). “Venice,” said I. “Hmm,” he grinned, “The city of love… who are you going with?” At which I grinned and told him “two boys”. This was in Verona at an entertaining dinner organised by the wine growers’ association in Soave for us visiting buyers and journalists from all over the world who had come to participate in Vinitaly, the world’s largest wine exhibition, that showed no signs of a recession.”

Paula Kawal presents Buidling a Conscious Connection to the Unconscious Mind posted at Journey Inward | Your Highest Path and Purpose is NOW!, saying “Some of my most transformational experiences have been heralded by Spirit Animals and dreams. My first Spirit Animal was the wolf. When I was fifteen I dreamed of them constantly and then could not stop my mind from wandering back to my dreams. Like the tongue that endlessly explores the empty cavity of a lost tooth…every time my focus slipped and I became lost in thought, I was back with the wolves.”

Craig Fenton presents Next To Your Dog This Powerful Tool For Writing And Speaking Can Be Priceless! posted at Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Take Me To A Circus Tent New book by Craig Fenton, saying “Craig Fenton is the creator of Painting My Room In A Colorful Way (the ultimate speaking and writing course with written, audio, and phone coaching). He is the author of the Jefferson Airplane book Take Me To A Circus Tent and the Jefferson Starship Have You Seen The Stars Tonite. Craig lectures with a one time member of the Grateful Dead and a legendary American Rock & Roll Photographer.”

Pinyo presents Transforming Goals Into Actions posted at Moolanomy Personal Finance.

Jade Meng presents Master Our Emotion posted at Dream of Jade, saying “Usually, we allow the outside events to take charge of our emotions, to stifle our wisdom and to control our reactions. We are not hurt by the other people, but by our own anger, hatred, anxiety or fear. Our uncontrolled emotion can eat us alive. We had better master our emotions.”

Jesse Michelsen presents Sleep patterns can change a life | Personal Finance Firewall posted at Personal Finance Firewall, saying “Sleep is the lifeblood of … life. Without proper sleep patterns, one can be left feeling drained and unhappy.”

Luc Reid presents How to Strengthen Willpower Through Practice posted at The Willpower Engine.

Kelly Diels presents Eff Multi-Tasking (Or: How to Do More By Doing Less) posted at Kelly Diels . com – Live with Purpose and Passion.

Jim DeSantis presents 7 Ways To Develop Your Magnetic Attraction posted at All About The Abundant Life at On Line Tribune, saying “Attractiveness, male or female, provides a golden reflection of your shimmering inner essence. It reflects true self-perception as well as the extent of one’s discipline. But, how do you get there? What do you need to know to transform yourself? Here are 7 proven techniques you can put into action today!”

Personal Finance

DR presents Citi Forward Review posted at The Dough Roller, saying “Citibank has recently launched a new credit card called Forward. Unique in the industry, the card actually rewards members with bonus points and lower interest rates for paying their bills on time and not going over their credit card limit.”

Rob presents Learn a lesson with the Power Hog posted at Energy Saving Gadgets, saying “Teach your kids a valuable lesson about the cost of energy.”

Brandon Rowe presents $150 Checking Bonus at SECU CU posted at Bromoney Internet Banks.

Leave Debt Behind presents Where to Get Your Free Annual Credit Report posted at Leave Debt Behind.

Steve Faber presents Get a Discount on Your Auto Insurance – You’re Probably Missing a Few | Secrets to Cheap Car Insurance posted at Cheap Car Insurance.

Mr. CC presents Should You Use Your Credit Cards If You Want To Raise Your Credit Score? posted at Ask Mr Credit Card’s Blog.

Jesse Moran presents How to Protect Everything You Have Worked For posted at Compgifts – The Frugal Way of Life.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Earn Free Money for College Education with Upromise posted at Cash Money Life, saying “Earn free money for college savings with rebates from UPromise. The money can be used for college savings, current college expenses, or repaying student loans.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Wall Street Woes posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Michael presents Which Cars are the Cheapest to Insure? | VitalMotion posted at Vital Motion: Car Information Resource, saying “One thing to consider when buying a car is how much insurance will cost for it.”

NH presents Auto Loan Refinancing | Car Loan Tips posted at Car Loan Tips, saying “A car loan refinance can be a great choice to reduce the loan’s interest rate and monthly payments.”

Cody Butler presents 3 Steps To Financial Freedom posted at Dream Life Coaching Blog. Ask your questions., saying “If you wish to be financially free then you must start your own business, here are the three steps to doing that.”

Len Penzo presents Personal Finance For Dummies: It’s as Easy as A-B-C posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying “Well, it is if you have a crib sheet. ;-)”

Margaret Garcia presents 100 Best Financial Planning Blogs posted at Online MBA Guide : Top Online MBA Reviews.

KCLau presents Do You Have a Wedding Debt? posted at KCLau’s Money Tips.

retirehappy presents No COLA Adjustment for Social Security in 2010 posted at My Retirement Blog.

Bank Champ presents Failed Banks Not Required to Honor CD Rates posted at Bank Champ.

MoneyNing presents A Little Post on Leverage posted at Personal Finance Blog by Money Ning, saying “Leverage touches us in so many ways. Use it wisely and be ahead of the pack.”

Dave presents What if I can’t sell my house? posted at Cheapo Groovo.

Writers Coin presents Time Is Money: Budget Them Both Out posted at Wise Bread, saying “Our time is just as valuable as our money, and we should start to treat it as such. That’s why we need to budget our time with the same care and thought as our money.”

vh presents Layoff: The emotional journey posted at Funny about Money.

Darwin presents Why were the Risk-Averse so Heavily Invested in Stocks? posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying “This article questions why people were so heavily invested in stocks during this recent market downturn and what the implications are for today’s investor. *fyi-I always link back to accepted posts in a separate weekly links edition.”

Raj Patel presents Credit Cards on the Agenda at Congress posted at DebtGoal.

Debt Free Destiny presents Cut these 7 Things Out of Your Life Now and Save Big posted at Debt Free Destiny.

MBR presents First time home buyer? posted at, saying “First time home buyers have several reasons to take the plunge into home ownership these days.”

Bank Champ presents I Bond Fixed Rate Announcement (May – November 2009) posted at Bank Champ.

David presents Why low interest credit cards are not always the best option posted at Credit Card Offers IQ, saying “Low interest credit cards seem like the best deal possible. But that’s not always so. This article describes when a higher interest rate card may be the best credit card offer for you.”

Michal presents Monster HDP 900G Blackout Power Center Surge Protector posted at Energy Saving Gadgets, saying “Save money on your energy bill by cutting down your consumption with this surge protector from Monster.”

MB presents How To Get Your Free Credit Report posted at Money Blue Book Blog.

Manshu presents Prepaid Cards: Pros and Cons posted at OneMint.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents myFICO Score Watch: Equifax Credit Score Monitoring posted at The Digerati Life.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Be a stay at home mom or go back to work? posted at Cash Money Life, saying “These are some factors to consider when deciding between being a stay at home mom or returning to the work force.”

The Smarter Wallet presents Technical Trading Indicators Predict That The Stock Market Rally Won’t Last posted at The Smarter Wallet.

MatthewPaulson presents Money Merge Accounts: Are they Real and do they Work? posted at Fine Tuned Finances.

Savings Toolbox presents How You Can Make Retirement the Best Time of Your Life posted at Savings Toolbox.

nickel presents How to Prepare for a Power Outage – Without a Generator posted at

Personal Health

Bill Urell presents Why Do Alcoholics Lie About Drinking? Video posted at Addiction Treatment Challenges, saying “Fr Martin passed away recently, but he leaves a timeless legacy. He takes complex addiction recovery issues and makes them easy to understand.”

Ross presents The Best Advice I Will Ever Give You posted at Energise Alkaline Diet & Natural Health Blog, saying “This is the best piece of advice I have ever been given, and I swear it is the single, best bit of advice I will ever give you or that you will ever read on this blog.”

Raising Whiskers presents Cat Limping – Signs of Cat Limping – Causes of Cat Limping posted at Cat Care, saying “What to do if your cat is limping.”

Aparna presents Sanitize your toothbrush posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying “We often neglect little things of life; but little things do matter.”

Pregnancy Period presents Understanding the Treatment Options for Infertility posted at Pregnancy.

Relax presents Should we worry about the recent flu pandemic? posted at The Wise Curve, saying “Is it necessary for us to get into red alert mode to combat the flu? Or is it just another overrated mass media hoo-haa to influence people’s emotion?”

Fit Jerk presents Grunt You Wimp! – Increase Power In Your Workouts posted at FlawlessFitness, saying “Today we are going to cover a controversial topic that can actually increase your power output by 20% when you understand how to use it!”

You can submit an article for consideration to the next edition using the carnival submission form.  Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

21 thoughts on
Carnival of Personal Development — May 4, 2009 Edition

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  2. Jim DeSantis

    Thanks for including my post in the carnival and thanks for hosting this edition. I know it’s a lot of work for you. There is so much great information to choose from.

    I will be using OnlyWire to bookmark the carnival to 27 sites.

    Jim DeSantis

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  4. Davina

    What a super sounding collection of bloggers and topics! You have obviously been busy organizing and preparing this post! Great job. I don’t know where to begin…

  5. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Len — it’s my pleasure. I was thinking this would be a one-time deal, but I’m tempted to host again, given how enjoyable it’s been.

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  8. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Jim — thanks for the bookmark. I enjoyed reading the articles and “playing host,” so it didn’t feel like a lot of work to me — I think I’ll sign up for another! Best, Chris

  9. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Davina — I’m glad you found the posts useful. If I do this again, I realize it may be helpful to break the categories down into smaller pieces just to prevent reader overwhelm. Best, Chris

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