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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

There is not a corner of the world that has not been affected in some way by the economic downturn of the last few years. Individuals have been hit hard with many losing their homes and forced to declare bankruptcy. The struggles of large businesses have been well-documented in the media as well. Perhaps the hardest hit has been the small business owner. With jobs hard...

For everyone there is one thing that stands out as what led them on the path to success that they are on today. Education may do the trick for some. For others, it may be that they know the right people in the right places and getting the proverbial door open.  In many cases, it might be just blind luck. For some it happens to be buying other peoples’ treasures...

There are a number of things that business persons are going to say is the most important thing about running a business. In one way, shape, or form they will all be right to an extent. However, one of the comments that would rank a lot higher than most would have to be: If the potential customers don’t know you are there, they can’t become actual customers....

Next to asking the love of your life whether she is willing to marry you (or figuring out whether you want to accept), one of the hardest decisions that people have to make is whether they should try to go into business for themselves.  With the growth that the self storage industry has been experiencing of late, opening a self storage facility has become a good idea. Everyone...

Anyone who says they have not watched their kids or someone else’s blissfully playing some simple game and not thought,” The good ole days!” is lying. While life appeared to be as complex as can be when we were around elementary school age, the simplicity of it now from the outside looking in is enough to make you a little nostalgic. One of the many activities...

In any business, self storage as well as any other, there is always a need or desire to be on the cutting edge of the industry. People are always going to want the latest and greatest thing, whatever it is, so success in business is often predicated upon bring the first to have the new toy in town. In some cases what this refers to is finding a unique and different way...

Everywhere you look on television these days there are people singing. There’s American Idol on FOX, every VHI reality star thinks they need to make a record, The Voice, another singing competition recently started, and America’s Got Talent is going to start soon as well. While these folks are singing to their hearts content in order to make a better life for...

Easter weekend is typically one of the holidays where people tend to gather with family and renew the bonds that make family not just family, but friends. It’s a time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and watch the faces of little kids smile as they try to decide whether they want to eat a chocolate egg or a chocolate bunny first. In businesses like the self...

It may seem sort of strange to say in this day and age, but connecting with people can be difficult. Yes, communicating with them can be done in more ways than people thought imaginable 25 years ago. Cell phones have become commonplace, the internet now allows us to video conference with people, and there are always the old, reliable ways like email and snail mail. Communication...

One of the toughest things to do is decide what to invest or who to invest your hard earned money with. Yes, when it comes to business there is a risk of losing, but with risk often comes great reward. As true as that may be, it is still no consolation when you end up losing your shirt (and then some) due to a bad investment. The trick than becomes figuring out what to...