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
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
“You are not obligated to continue holiday traditions that leave you broke, overwhelmed, or tired.” from frugalfarmwife.com
This is the time of year I look over my finances of the past 11.5 months. What did I spend? How happy have my son and I been feeling? What costs went up or down? Are my child and I thriving? Yep, it’s not just a dollars-and-cents review. Money is absolutely linked with health and… Continue reading Can I Be Happy Without Every Metric of the Minority World?
My kid’s school made a huge boo-boo. Not the end of the world. All people and organizations will make some of these now and then. I was hoping the school would apologize, offer a handful of words about where it flopped and how. That’s the fastest way to rebuild trust with me. I’m suspecting the… Continue reading What Does Your Support Team Cost You?
I’m not into it, this Christmas thing. After childhood, I gleefully quit. For many years, the opt-in to simplicity thrilled me to no end! Then I had a kid. It seems he enjoys the festivities, wha?? So, resume Christmas I did. I try to honour both our needs: mine for quiet and simplicity; his for… Continue reading Most Strategic Christmas Ever
Joon, I live in New York City which, as everyone knows, has a very high cost of living. I live in a pretty awful area of it—constant noise, daily aggression, strong smells—because that’s what’s affordable to me. My dream is to live in a quiet apartment in a safe area, and to save aggressively toward… Continue reading Case Study: Supporting Two (Other) Struggling Adults
What? It’s May and you’re finished working for the year?!? Geez, I wish I could finish working for the year! I’ve got my rent to pay, plus my loans to pay off. Hey, by the way, how is it that you don’t have an iPad? They’re so great! Let me show you all the stuff… Continue reading How I Quit My Job Every Single Year
Loved this article, in which a young couple shuns the “cult” of homeownership in insane markets and opts for conservative investing instead. Now free, travelling the world, and contributing in the ways that suit them. Woohoo! I love what the couple says and am, as always, concerned with the others’ point of view that saving… Continue reading Young Couple Achieves Freedom