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Jennifer Sall Jennifer Sall interactive marketer. pr strategist. awareness harnesser.

Interactive marketing and online PR strategist Jennifer Sall works with companies of all sizes to leverage the immediacy of the Web to build brand awareness and revenue. [www.unionxunion.com]

I’ve learned to appreciate all I have every day – on bad days and good days. I grew up outside Washington, DC, in an affluent neighborhood focused on displaying what you have. I later worked at a high-paying corporate job that enabled me to have material wealth. But I didn’t feel fulfilled. Sure, I could have this great dinner and that great handbag and travel to all those places, but I still had an empty feeling inside.

As I’ve aged and evolved, so have my attitudes. Of course I like nice things. Everyone does. But at the end of the day, even if I have the latest and greatest of everything, what’s most important is what’s inside, and things like the people I surround myself with and how I feel in my body.

What’s helped me get on track and stay on track is recognizing little successes. Sometimes, small actual changes are more successful than big decisions. For instance, deciding to go on a diet of no sugar, no flour, no this, no that might be something I’d stick to for a week, but I’d be unhappy and it wouldn’t last. But if I say I’ll have dessert only when I’m eating out, that’s something I can more easily adapt to. That small hurdle is much easier, so I succeed. Then I feel good about myself.

There are lots of ways I make small changes that make a difference. If I’m feeling soft because I haven’t gotten any exercise lately, I’ll walk instead of driving to do an errand. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and try to stay in bed and meditate for just one minute. Even that one minute helps shift things and starts the day on a different note. Rather than saying I’m not going to use plastic anymore , I keep the grocery bags in the car so they’re already there when we need them. Then being more environmentally conscious becomes a habit. It’s one less thing to think about.

Small changes help us get to the next thing. When we make little changes, they become habitual, part of our daily routines. They build on each other and add up to larger changes. They help us appreciate what we can actually accomplish.

– Jennifer Sall

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