Two Weeks In

It has officially been two weeks since we started the No Spend Year, and it’s about time I give you an update on our progress. I’m happy to report that we have stuck to our goals with no miscellaneous spending outside of our budget. Husband and I each allow ourselves $80 per paycheck (or $40 per week)…

Do the Math: Trump Doesn’t Add Up

I normally refrain from engaging in political discussions, particularly in public forums and on social media, but I cannot remain silent any longer. This is not a matter of being conservative or liberal; it is a matter of basic reasoning and logic. And yes, there is commentary, and the post is heavily opinionated. However, it is rooted in facts…

How to Get Experience When You Have None

No one prepares you for what it is truly like to enter “the real world.” When you’re 18, your entire life has been planned out for you: Go to school, graduate college, get a job. That’s how it works, right? Increasingly, so many of us twenty-somethings graduate only to find out that the jobs promised us by our…

The Road to Financial Freedom

There is something about the new year, with all of the promise it holds. It’s a fresh start; a chance to make your life over. To completely reinvent yourself if you so desire. And that is exactly what I plan to do each January 1st. This year marks the next leg of my journey out of…

2016: A Look Back

There’s something about the new year that makes me want to blog. Sad to say that I haven’t written for myself in almost exactly two years, but blogging thrice weekly for work has a way of doing that to you. When I come home, the last thing I want to do is get back on a computer…

New Year, New Blog Post

2015 – This is the year I start paying back my student loans. They have been, sadly, in forbearance accruing interest while I put off paying them. While I know many people with more than I have, it feels like a crippling amount of debt to me. Needless to say, I will be paying them…

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Time flies when you’re busy. Considering it has been over a month since I last posted and my life is in a sort of shambles, I think it’s time I get back on track with blogging and my self improvement goals. The past month was filled with a two week-long vacation and business travel every…

Fated to Pretend

“Yeah, it’s overwhelming. But what else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute.” —MGMT, Time to Pretend Today was the first time I truly listened to the lyrics of the song, and I was struck by how much I relate as a twenty-something. Time to Pretend is about…

Life Has Its Own Plans in Store for You… Trust It

“An oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into a tree. Everybody can see that. But only a few can recognize that there is anther force operating here as…

Know Where You’re Going in Order to Get There

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. —Eleanor Roosevelt The concept of happiness as a by-product is the foundation upon which The Seven Habits book stands. The paradox,…