Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017

It’s the start of a new year, which can be a great time to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the upcoming year. With that in mind, this post is a simple – yet important – one. It asks three questions. In regard to your personal finances,...
Remember that No Spending Challenge?

Remember that No Spending Challenge?

Remember that no spending challenge I proposed on Halloween? You can find the details right here. Essentially, the goal was to NOT spend money on yourself between Halloween and Christmas (except for things you NEED – like food). Many of you responded to this...
How ‘Bout All That Stuff?

How ‘Bout All That Stuff?

On January 3rd, 2016, I published a post about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. In that post, I commented, “Following her very specific process, as described in her book, helped me...
Life is Sobering

Life is Sobering

Life is sobering. Sometimes things happen – to us directly, to those we know and care about, and to those we don’t know at all but feel compassion for and want to help. These events can help remind us how blessed we are and how short life can be. I have...
Could You Be Grateful for EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR?

Could You Be Grateful for EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR?

Money is an essential part of our lives. If we don’t want to rely on someone else (or have someone else to rely upon), we need money to provide ourselves with the basic essentials of life: food, clothing, and shelter (in the most simple forms). In addition to...