When someone proposes a dietary change that may remove our worst symptoms, why do we resist so vehemently? When someone presents one small tweak to our financial system, why do we set our heels against it? Don’t we want health? Wouldn’t we enjoy financial wellness? Once we get comfortable with those, we sure do! But… Continue reading Swimming Through the Mountain That Is Us
“Things are replenishable that you thought were not: your savings, your opportunities, your pride. Your life can be stripped very close to the bone, and you can begin again.” -Michelle Wildgen
Across forums and news sources, word of stock values plummeting… And here I’ve encouraged broke people to put their money there, and gone and done exactly that with mine! How stressed am I right now?!?!?!?! Not at all. When we follow a program as set out in The Millionaire Teacher, we’re fine, for the… Continue reading Is My Sky Falling?
“You live in a really small home, therefore you’re poor.” No, no, no: I live in a really small home and as a result, I’m not poor. In many parts of the minority world, shelter costs are the number one factor making or breaking financial well-being. A host of people are choosing to move into… Continue reading Are You Sure I’m Poor?
Over the last month, I’ve been newly able to notice rigid thinking in people beyond myself. That’s kinda funny to me… How did I not notice it before? The diagnostic manual talks about it, as do many books on brain quirks, but I’m only newly able to recognize it. (Secretly, I have my fingers crossed… Continue reading Is Rigid Thinking Keeping Me Poor?
Growing up, I could tell there was something not quite “right” about me. Not inherently wrong, but different enough that -try as I might- I could not fit in. After I failed at almost every convention, I gave up on achievement and shifted my focus to survival. For good reason, it seemed: By my early… Continue reading Regained Potential
Where I live, housing (rent or ownership) costs are among the highest in the world. Some of us feel compelled to live here anyway. In my case, it’s so that my son has access to various supports and services. When he ages out of those, we’ll likely move to a cheapo part of the world.… Continue reading Third Space: A Creative Solution to Housing Costs
My spending has seen extremes over the years. From $400 in a year when I had nothing except bottle returns (so lived outside and on strangers’ floors), to $4000/mo when I borrowed to save my son’s life, to $1300/mo when all was well and I got nicely frugal… In 2017, I spent $28k on the… Continue reading Year End Report: $28k
…we frugal, inventive parents have a moment of anxiety. “I got her too little stuff!” “This pile is way too tiny!” “What was I thinking, getting him so many books, free from the library’s used pile at that?” lol. Yep, this is par for the course. For many of us, swimming against the current of… Continue reading …and then right before Santa comes…
A long-time acquaintance in financial straits asked for my help in revamping her money status. I’d love to! The first tip was well-received: apply for disability benefits. She’s been medically eligible for as long as I’ve known her, but has stumbled along through endless short-term gigs instead, each one exacerbating her symptoms. Kudos to her… Continue reading Step 1a: No Cheating!