Ask Colette Advice

Budget Blues

Dear Colette,     I put myself on a budget a few months back because I was spending more than I make. Although I set aside some money for holiday shopping, I didn’t anticipate all the groups that have asked me to donate to their cause over the past few weeks. I feel guilty saying no…

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Time Management

Dear Colette,     How do you deal with the person who stops by your office asking if you’ve “got a minute” when it’s never turns out to be a minute? I understand that they need to come to me for information, but how can I manage the time more effectively? No Time to Spare Dear…

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Waiting For Marriage

Dear Colette,     How can you tell when a guy really loves you or if he is just playing around? I want to get married, but my boyfriend of three years keeps telling me he’s not ready. Tired of Waiting Dear Tired of Waiting,     Check out the latest book entitled, “He’s Just Not That…

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Tell The Truth

Dear Colette,     I’m house sitting with my husband this summer while ours is being remodeled. Most of the time this set-up is totally win-win because it helps us save on rent. However, most of these people have pets, and truthfully, I’m not a pet lover. I’m happy to provide for these animals, but the…

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Own Up To A Mistake

Dear Colette,     About two months ago, my husband’s sister, who lives in another state, sent out a request for clothes that she was going to drive down to a shelter. As I donate my old clothes to a local organization, I didn’t send anything. However, for my nephew’s birthday I went on-line and purchased…

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Get Away Every So Often

Dear Colette,     My husband would love for me to just take off and join him on some of his business trips. Although I would love to go (usually at luxury properties), leaving the children behind is challenging. They are at an age where they still need full-time care, yet they also have many activities…

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Pay Attention

Dear Colette,     I have a dear friend who has an extremely important position within her company. Therefore, I understand that she doesn’t have as much time to get together and socialize like before. On the few occasions we have managed to get together for lunch, she spent the better part of our time taking…

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Kid’s Projects

Dear Colette,     As a Mother how do you deal with all of the projects and art work that children make in school? I can’t even see the front of our refrigerator anymore, yet I have difficulty parting with any of my children’s masterpieces. Any suggestions? Curator Mama Dear Curator Mama,     Trust me, I’m…

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Part-time work

Dear Colette,     I work two days a week in an orthodontist’s office and am home the remaining three days with my children who are 1 and 2 ½ years old. When my husband comes home from work, he complains if I want to go out for awhile to get a break from the kids.…

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