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Janet M. Neal
Janet Neal is passionate about living a balanced life because, well, she doesn’t have much of a choice! As a single mother of three independent souls, an entrepreneur, a writer, coach, speaker and friend to many, she faces the same joys and frustrations that many in her readership do. Janet not only brings her eclectic life experience and passion for living to her writings, but offers her readers solutions and inspiration as well.

Janet has been writing her newsletter and blog, A Balanced Perspective, since 2002, when she left her corporate life behind and entered the world of entrepreneurship. She is the author of Soul in Control: Reflections of a Reformed Superwoman, has been a columnist in regional publications, quoted in numerous mainstream media, and has read her pieces on Writing from the Heart on Sirius Radio. Janet lives happily in New Jersey (a place she said she’d never live) with her children and two dogs. Visit her website at

Entries by Janet M. Neal

Shining a Light on Our Dark Secret

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:35 AM

On my 11 hour drive home from vacation yesterday, I listened to about three hours of analysis, commentary, and dialogue on the horrors currently occurring in Iraq. I'm sure there was more discussion, but three hours was about all I could handle. Then I got home and opened Facebook and...

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Great Expectations: What Would Life Be Without Them?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:02 PM

The other day I listened to a person talk about the trials and tribulations they were encountering. In one of those delicious moments of clarity, the question, "What did you expect?" came to mind. It was not a sarcastic statement. It was a real query: What did they expect? If...

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Spring Cleaning for Your Soul

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 8:16 AM

We all need to spruce up after a long, trying winter. There are gardens to plant, closets to clean and clothing to swap. But while cleaning up your outsides, don't forget the most important part: your inner soul. Here's a guide to doing a "spring cleaning" of your spirit!


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Let Go and Let Dog

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:18 AM

I think when I finally got the message of the phrase "Let Go and Let God," my shoulders dropped about three inches. Just to possibly believe that I didn't have to do everything myself was a comfort. But that didn't mean that all was clear sailing from that moment on....

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5 Things to Do to Stay Sane and Productive During the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:43 PM

While the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season may send shivers of joyful anticipation down the spines of children, those shivers experienced by entrepreneurs at this time of year are of anticipation of a completely different sort. The idea of mounting responsibilities and roles is enough to send anyone into...

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Nature's Tattoos

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:44 PM

A few years ago, I noticed a brownish mark on my face. Concerned that it may be something ominous, I went to the dermatologist. Anxiously, I pointed it out to the doctor, who took a minute to look at it before saying, "Oh Sweetie, that's just an age spot. We...

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The World Is Going to Hell in a Handbasket... And Why I Am Excited About It

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Spend five minutes watching or reading the news these days and you will come away in either disbelief, horror or gloom and depression. There is so much darkness and evil and negativity! People and institutions seem to have lost their moral compasses. And this makes me very excited.

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There Ought to Be a Bead for That

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Here's a biggie: I just realized that I see myself as a failure. And as long as I continue to do that, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Oh, don't get me wrong -- I have no problem starting things; leaping into relationships and businesses and all sorts of ventures...

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Sliver in the Soul

(6) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Maybe it was another gray winter day. Maybe it was a post-holiday emotional hangover. Maybe it was long days and too little sleep. Whatever it was, it was that one too many drop into an already-full cup that sent it spilling over. I slipped into a dark, sad, and depressed...

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Be the Light!

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 9:05 AM

I am a mother. I was an elementary school teacher. The horrific news from Connecticut struck me as hard as if I were there. It rattled me to my core. I spent the day crying and praying and hugging my kids. And evidently so did a whole lot of other...

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6 Tips to Maintaining Sanity During the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 11:00 PM

Work/life balance can be a challenge at any time of the year, but add in end-of-the-year business needs and a need to step up the family obligations and you're met with a near-impossible situation. Outside of cloning yourself, what can you do? Here are some tips to keep you focused,...

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9 Things You Don't Need During The Holidays

(77) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:31 PM

We have now entered the Bermuda Triangle of stress: the time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The cooking, the cleaning, the planning, the baking, the shopping and the driving here and there -- all on top of your usual schedule -- is enough to put anyone over the edge....

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