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'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

When "I'm sorry" becomes overused, it gets tuned out -- and so do you.<p>We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the …

Time I

3 Easy Ways to Build a Killer Investment Portfolio

Follow these examples.<p>MONEY has just released its expanded 2018 list of the 50 best mutual funds and 50 best ETFs to own.<p>What makes these funds great …

Investing

Bay Area things to do for fun off the beaten path

One of our favorite things about living in the Bay Area is, no matter how long you've lived here, there are always new things to discover. You could live here for decades and still have never visited Berkeley's secret hot tub, the brewery with the best views of San Francisco, or the East Bay …

San Francisco

7 best places to stay in Napa Valley

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are three parts to an epic Napa Valley getaway: Life-changing wine-tastings, scrumptious meals and sumptuous accommodations.<p>Reputation and word of mouth make the first two relatively easy for visitors to arrange. With so many good options, however, locking down the last one can be a …

Napa Valley

How I got an airline to pay for items in a delayed bag

Not long ago, an airline lost my checked bag for five days. There’s no point in naming and shaming the airline, because what I’m about to tell you could apply to, or happen on, any airline.<p>I will say that it was a non-stop flight and I checked in for the flight three hours before departure, so …

Flying

Sonoma Coast’s best hideaways

Sea Ranch Lodge<p>Sea Ranch, a quiet, awe-inspiring utopia that spans about 10 miles of this rugged coastline, is a jewel in the crown of Sonoma County. A community planned in the 1960s by a group of architects devoted to the dramatic landscape, Sea Ranch is the ultimate escape: a place where nature …

The best investing books: 3 you may have heard of and 3 you probably haven’t

In a Wall Street world where quants rule, “black swans” lurk and everybody and their mother-in-law have the easy, low-cost freedom to whittle their …

5 Secret Islands In Southeast Asia To Visit Before They Become Too Mainstream

Whether it is for a quick escape from your chaotic work schedule or a laidback holiday with your family, these secret islands are your best …

7 Portable Snacks for Healthier Midday Munching

When a midday snack attack strikes, be prepared with good-for-you treats—both sweet and salty. Sure, it might be easy to satisfy between-meal …

Get Back to Nature! A Guide to 15 Photo-Worthy Hikes in the SF Bay Area

In a city like San Francisco where the weather is mostly moderate, it’s sometimes hard to tell when summer really begins. So, in case you missed …

Get Outside: Marin's 10 Best Day Hikes

Marin County is home to a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities including hiking and biking trails, beaches, and lighthouses spread across the …

Hiking

15 Incredible Swimming Holes in Northern California

There are so many great rivers, lakes, and ponds to escape to in Northern California, but these hidden gems stand out beyond the rest.<p>Jump from …

California's top experiences

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored. Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative …

California

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list – whether you're looking …

National Parks

Napa Travel Guide: What to Do and See

<i>Follow my travel and fashion looks along on my Instagram for exclusive first access to sales and travel guides</i><p>Let me start by saying, Napa is insanely gorgeous. The entire time we were driving around I kept on thinking I was in the Italian countryside. I am all about European travel but I will tell …

Planning your perfect trip to the Amalfi Coast

South from chaotic and fascinating Naples, the vertiginous and craggy Amalfi Coast – and the three island outposts of Capri, Ischia and Procida – have been a magnet for visitors since Roman times.<p>Hemmed in by high mountains, the coastal towns of the Campania region are physically unspoilt, and they …

Italy

10 Personal Finance Books Every Professional Should Read

<b>Question:</b> What is a great personal finance book to read for a young entrepreneur trying to get better at managing their money while launching a …

Personal Finance

How To Turn Down A Job Offer Without Burning A Bridge

You might have a good reason to turn down a job offer, and at the same time you want to leave a positive association in the “losing” manager’s mind. Life is long and you never know when you and s/he will cross paths again. A job search is above all a networking and people-connecting activity.<p>Unless …

How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time

It’s hard to be efficient.<p>Sometimes it feels like the world doesn’t make any sense. Sometimes youdon’t make any sense. And sometimes it feels like …

Time Management

First time Montréal: what to do in the City of Saints

Bold, brazen and beautiful, Montréal is a tantalizing tale of two worlds: new-world energy and excitement meets old-world glamour and grace. Take in the best of both while sipping a creamy <i>café au lait</i> on a Parisian-style sidewalk <i>terrasse</i>. <i>Canadienne</i> to the core, with its pristine urban streets and …

France

Forget Cover Letters - Write A Pain Letter, Instead!

If you haven’t been on a job search lately, consider yourself lucky. The job market is no picnic. Most large and medium-sized organizations use brutal and talent-repelling automated recruiting sites with keyword-sorting software that sucks all the human life out of your application or resume.<p>Cover …