• Business

    How to Change the World

    Big Business cares nothing about you. If it doesn’t benefit their bottom line, it doesn’t matter to them. The lip service they give you is meaningless. Some corporations even acknowledge this with backhanded ways of “helping” their employees. We aren’t supposed to believe that, however. We’re supposed to believe in “by the people, for the people” despite the growing evidence…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Priorities

    Sam Hagin pointed out that we “all live for someone” on my last post. You are exactly correct, Sam. We all live for someone. We might live for family, we may live for friends, or we may live for a purpose we’ve set for ourselves. Or we may just live for ourselves. It doesn’t really matter in the end who…

  • Happiness,  Life,  Success

    You Have One Life

    Life is not like a video game. At the end, you can’t put more money into the machine to buy a do-over. Just one shot, one chance… …and then it’s gone. How do you want to spend this priceless resource? Do you want to spend it living someone else’s dream, or yours? Many of you are living someone else’s dream.…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement

    The Art of Embracing Change

    It is so easy to become stuck in a rut, to do the same things you’ve always done each and every day. Those ruts can be simple ones like grabbing a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up each morning to how you spend your time. While much has been written about how habits can make us more…

  • Books,  Financial Freedom

    Financial Freedom Update

    It is amazing to think that I started my third semester of college last week. It’s even more amazing that despite the challenging assignments, I managed to complete them with time to spare. I’ve spent most of my downtime recharging when I haven’t been focused on my book. The first draft is completed so I’m giving it a few days…

  • Financial Freedom

    The Fear of Risk

    “So when are you going back to work?” If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that question I could live on the money for quite a while. Even my daughter seems puzzled over my decision. Part of that is my fault; in order to blend in I’ve kept quiet about my finances so she doesn’t…

  • Financial Freedom,  Minimalism

    The Joy of Freedom

    I have spent the days after my final exam immersed in a new book project. I feel as if I’ve come back to life after walking through the proverbial “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4, Revised Standard Version). A part of me had been dying and I had not even realized it. Bit by bit, with every shift,…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    Financial Surprise

    It is amazing. One day you decide to quit your job. You’re concerned about your expenses even though you know you’ve got it covered. But then you pay your bills and you realize: Your bills have plummeted. This frugalista has just realized that she was spending over $100 a week just on food and other things while she was away…

  • Business

    Slavery Days are Over. It’s Time to Take Our Lives Back.

    I quit my job the other day. I had been asked to do more and more over the passing months, up to and including things that I normally charge $40/hour for in my computer repair business but at a pay scale that is less than the entry-level pay at McDonald’s and other local businesses. While I had already been considering…

  • Personal

    Nightmares

    I had a frightening dream the other night. I was the person I used to be back during my marriage. My husband had installed a two-tap sink in the bathroom. I turned on the right spigot and clean water gushed out. I turned on the left spigot and raw sewage began to spew from it. I jumped back, screaming. I…

  • Goals,  Life,  Personal

    Update

    It has been hectic these past few weeks but I wanted to give you an update on my progress. I have finally reacquired my driver’s license and I may have a vehicle coming my way over the next few months, depending up how the negotiations work out. I have reached the next phase of correcting my dental issues, so in…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    When the Seasons Change

    As we move through this grand adventure called Life, we change. We have a period of development in childhood. A moment where we think we know all that we need to know in adulthood, then eventually reach the point where we realize that we know absolutely nothing in this grand scheme of things. Transitions are typically marked by events. Moving…

  • self-improvement

    How to Jump Start Your Life

    Do you want to change your life but have no idea where to start? Look around. Think. Ask yourself this one question: What is the one thing I can do that will provide the most benefit to my life right now? Everyone has that one thing that they’ve been ignoring, that one thing that would provide massive change if they…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Four Benefits of Becoming a Minimalist

    I initially started down the path of minimalism before I knew the term existed. As a single mother, I discovered that the less I owned, the less time I had to spend cleaning my home. The less I purchased, the less I had to work. Since I wanted to be the best single mother I could be by spending as…

  • Education,  Goals,  Inspiration

    PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

    One semester down; 19 to go. We can do 19 semesters. When I shared that fact with my daughter Katie (who is studying for her Bachelor’s in Health Science now), she announced that it sounded so much easier that way. She had been a bit depressed at the fact that she just committed four years of her life to not…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  Time management

    My Minimalist Daily Planner

    I have spent a small fortune on planning and productivity apps over the years. I’ve vacillated between paper and digital so many times that it borders upon the ridiculous. While I wanted to go completely digital, not one of the apps I purchased could accommodate my needs so I would end up purchasing even more apps, make the process more…

  • Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement,  Time management

    How Do You Spend Your Time?

    “To come but once into the World, and Trifle away our true Enjoyment of it, and of our selves in it, is lamentable indeed.” William Penn (1706). Some Fruits of Solitude, in reflections and maxims relating to the conduct of human life. These past few days I’ve had little to do but rest and think. It occurred to me that…