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How Decluttering Cured Me of Consumerism

Photo by Hernan Pinera is licensed under CC BY 2.0 20 combs: That is the number of combs I found when organizing my bathrooms.  Seems a bit excessive, I know. To say I’m not a very organized person would be an understatement.  Throughout my home there are stacks...

How I Cheated Myself

I found myself flat on my back in pain, asking myself “Why?”  I was sick, in pain and exhausted.  I tried reading a Kiplinger’s magazine to do something productive, but that was too strenuous.  I was frustrated.  I had so much to do, but all I could...

The Dreaded A-Word

Photo by mac_filko is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Ouch, this hurts like a mother.  Why am I putting myself through this pain?  Has my daily flossing and brushing amounted to nothing? These were the thoughts flashing through my mind at a recent dental cleaning.  It had...

Why Is This Happening?

Photo by Alex is licensed under CC BY 2.0. This has been one of the hardest months of my life. My son has been a spirited child from birth. He was born tongue-tied and wasn’t able to nurse properly for his first 8 weeks.  Being my first born, I had no idea what...

How Successful People Are Like Water

Recently, we went beach camping.  I have a fractured foot, so I couldn’t do what I usually do when I go to the beach.  I did a lot of sitting as I watched the kids playing in the water with their Dad.  I also observed. One of the things I thought about is how...

How to Have It All

Do you wish you could spend more time with your family?  Do you desire to keep yourself intellectually challenged?  Do you want to be able to bring income to your family?  Do you desire to pursue your dream? As I’ve shared in previous posts, I worked in...

Are You Tired of Being Ashamed?

Photo by Hartwig HKD is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Have you ever felt shame about something? Has there been something you struggled with you didn’t want anyone to know? For me, that had always been the area of money. I never got into major debt, but I made a good...

5 Ways to Pursue Your Passion Now

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. -Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) When I was younger and entered the corporate world, I dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming an executive!  Being powerful, working for a...

4 Reasons You’re Not Making Progress

Is there an area of your life where you’re making little to no progress, or worse yet, regressing?  I am the type of person who wants to do it all.  Between my relationship with God, marriage, kids, extended family, friendships, career, church, volunteering,...

Do You Feel Entitled?

Photo by JD Hancock is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict...

My $54 Mistake

Photo by Jackie is licensed under CC BY 2.0. I am not a very organized person.  Of course my husband would say that was the understatement of the century.  I have a tendency to leave stuff behind whether it be cameras, phones, keys, clothing, etc.  Fortunately, I have...

When Did You Stop Dreaming?

Photo by Moyan Brenn is licensed under CC BY 2.0. When was the last time you dreamed? What’s that? Between marriage, parenting, church, working, bills, extracurricular activities, and life in general, how do we have time or mindshare to dream? My kids always give me...

9 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special Without Busting The Bank

Photo by zhouxuan12345678 is licensed under CC BY 2.0. There is something intensely powerful about a mother’s unconditional love for her children. According to Time magazine, Mother’s Day spending per year is in the billions. Marketers capitalize on the love we have...

Judge Less, Give More Grace

Photo by Meme Bing is licensed under CC BY 2.0. I know you’re asking yourself, ‘Why is a financial person talking about judging less?’  I firmly believe if people were less stressed they would emotionally spend less and be happier.  I believe the...

How Much More Does Target Cost Than the 99 Cents Store?

There was a time when I wouldn’t be caught dead at a 99 Cents/Dollar Store.  I preferred instead to luxuriate through the aisles of Target, discovering stuff I didn’t know I needed, grabbing a Starbucks and leaving at least a $100 in the hole.  Of course,...

3 Things You Need to Make the Change You Want

I’m doing a detox diet.  It’s made me think about what is needed to make necessary change happen. Recently, I was not feeling well.  I had been feeling tired and run down, despite all the coffee I was drinking.  The scale seemed to be sinking lower every...

6 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special, but Inexpensive

Photo by MattysFlicks is licensed under CC BY 2.0. If you’re anything like me, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day and you are wondering what to do that is special and yet budget-friendly.  Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is has become way too...

Freedom to be Abundant

Photo by Kalyan Chakravarthy is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Recently, I felt really frustrated about how little time I have.  Between my family, my business, friends and life, I find it so challenging to be satisfied with the amount of time I have.  I then read about...