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 How do you make a good life an amazing life?
~ with Dr. Julia A. Kalish

Many of us feel overwhelmed by demands of “more,” “faster,” “bigger,” “sooner,” “fresher,” and “newer” but at the same time saying “NO” is often seen as negative, pessimistic, and uncooperative.  Although our dynamic, ambitious "YES" world has given us many wonderful inventions and experiences, in many ways we've gone about as far as we can go with an exclusively YES strategy - it's time to add more NO to the mix.


I'm here to guide you to balance, happiness, focus, and greater productivity by strategically embracing a little more NO and a little less YES. 


Small business owner, an Army veteran, DIY junkie, hiker, cyclist, Wordle enthusiast, proud parent of four, organic gardener, and podcast lover. 


With over 20 years of experience as a university professor at prestigious institutions such as Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Loyola University Chicago, I have earned a reputation as a top-tier educator. My commitment to excellence is evidenced by my awards, including being voted "Best Professor on Campus" in the Purdue Exponent’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Best Undergraduate Teacher at Purdue's Krannert School of Management. I am also honored to hold the coveted title of a Purdue "Honorary Old Master." In addition to my academic achievements, I hold certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Blackbelt (LSSBB), and Indiana Realtor, and have gained valuable industry experience in manufacturing, retail, and food service.

I speak and provide workshops on a variety of topics including, "No is the New Yes," "Succeeding in College," "How to be Productive Without Killing Yourself," and "Where There's a Will There's a Way - Crafting the Life you Want."

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NO comes in many shapes and sizes - Check out my blog to learn more.

Saying No

Doing Nothing

Being patient

Buying less

Right sizing

Removing activities 






Embracing Boredom

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