• Business,  Happiness,  Success

    Paid Vacation

    Yesterday I received a treat that I’ve not had for many years: My vacation slip. In my years of focusing upon my children, I would stay at home during summer vacations, taking so much time off from jobs that I rarely ever saw one of these. In fact, I do believe I worked through the last paid vacation I earned.…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    The Habit Chain

    It takes time to form a habit. Positive habits are definitely worth the effort to build. They can slowly transform our life from the mediocre into an absolutely astounding existence. When remaking your life it is best to start small. Analyze the things you want to change about yourself and select just one to focus on. This is how Benjamin…

  • Productivity,  Writing

    Morning Ritual

    Back in the early days of my writing career I began a small morning ritual. I would wake up, snag my cup of coffee, and knock out however many articles I needed to write that day in order to achieve my desired income for the week. Once I finished writing my daily quota of articles I was free to pursue…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Carpe Annum

    This is it. The dawn of an entirely new year. I couldn’t wait to greet it. I woke up, made my coffee, and journaled as I watched the sun rise. I changed so much in 2018. I started out the year without a single serious idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Aside from my work schedule,…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    Preparing for the New Year

    Twenty-eighteen has been an incredibly eventful year. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the previous stage of my life is ending and determined a new direction for my life. I may not know yet how I’ll get to there from here. That’s okay. All I have to do is continue to move forward with my end goal in…

  • Success

    Luck Has Nothing to Do With Success

    “You are so lucky,” a friend of mine sighed wistfully the other day. “Lucky?” I spluttered in shock. “How on God’s Green Earth do you consider me lucky?” She gave me a list. Owning my own business, receiving book royalties, and being able to invest a bit towards retirement were among the things she mentioned. She wished that she could…

  • Success,  Wardrobe

    The Difference a Shirt Can Make

    One of the hangups I have with my goal is the fact that I cannot conceive of possessing a lot of money. The thought of spending or gaining a lot of money makes me choke. That’s what happens when you’ve always been poor. And that’s okay. I’m aware of my limitation. The burning question is how do I overcome it?…

  • Productivity

    It is Okay to Guard Your Time

    I started wearing a ring on my wedding finger a few weeks back. I had become tired of being hit on by the numerous men who thought it was appropriate to distract me at my job. I am single for a reason; I’ve got something I want to accomplish. I’ll never be able to achieve my goals if I spend…

  • Inspiration,  Personal,  Recycling

    The Story of a Failure

    Back when I was in fourth grade we lived within walking distance to my grandparent’s house. Every time I would see one of my uncles or aunts arrive for a visit I would race there in excitement. I loved visiting with my relatives. One of those visits is indelibly imprinted on my brain. I can’t recall the exact details; I…

  • Productivity

    Big Task, Small Chunks

    I have kept extremely busy over these past few weeks. Between my public job, volunteering, writing, and working on my house I rarely have a moment of downtime so I decided to take a break the other day and just curl up with a good book. I had spent the entire day being lazy when it dawned on me: I…

  • Inspiration

    Wisdom of Uncle B-Bob

    Meet Uncle B-Bob. He was the husband of my beloved Auntie. He died from cancer a few years back but his words live with me to this day. He was always busy but he would never fail to spend time with us kids anytime I came over to visit. Memories of riding in the back of his pickup truck as…

  • Education,  Productivity

    Bedtime Routine

    Time is the one thing I never seem to have enough of. Between my public job, caring for my home, and writing I never seem to have enough time to pursue my self-education goals. While I read on my days off and on my breaks at work my progress was annoyingly slow. It took weeks to finish a single book…

  • Finances,  Inspiration,  Investments,  Simplicity

    The Magic of Time

    I moved to this house in April 2011. In the fence row of the front yard was a little sapling beside my front gate. My friend Mr. A wanted to chop it down. I told him to leave it; it would grow into a fence post eventually. That sapling was so insignificant that I never even bothered to photograph it.…

  • Inspiration,  Investments

    The Art of Staying Motivated

    The other night I came home after an exhausting shift at work. I plopped down in front of my computer to check my emails before engaging in my nightly habit of reading a bit before I went to bed. As I sat there I thought “what’s the point?” What was the point in reading more when I was so drained?…

  • Productivity,  Simplicity

    Lazy Yet Productive

    My days off were split up this week so instead of resting the first day and working on my house the next I was forced to get creative. My challenge was made even worse when I woke up on my day off feeling lethargic with a scratchy throat. I’ve pushed myself far too hard these past few weeks and my…

  • Productivity,  Simplicity

    Disconnect

    As the days stretch into months I’ve gotten rather lazy when it comes to guarding my personal time. Whereas I used to go to extreme measures to have quiet time in which to write I found my days have become a whirlwhind of messages, comments, and other communications from folks both near and far. Every time I would sit down…

  • Productivity

    Wake Up Early

    No matter how early I am scheduled to arrive at work I make sure to set my alarm clock a few hours early. This can be a challenge sometimes. I have never been a morning person and frequently stay up until the wee hours of the morning but the results are worth the extra effort. I wake up, stumble through…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Personal,  Simplicity,  Success

    Is Your Life in the Black?

    I ran into an old friend the other day. We hadn’t seen each other for several years so we took a few moments to catch up. My friend announced proudly that he had recently purchased a house, showed me his car, and bragged about his high-paying job. He was a little worried about making the new house payment but his…

  • Productivity

    Take Advantage of Downtime

    Many years ago I was waiting somewhere for something. A lady came in after me. Once she found out that there was going to be a delay she settled down, pulled out some yarn, and started crocheting. While the rest of us shifted and grumbled, she contentedly tinkered on an afghan she was creating. Curious and bored, I started a…

  • Life,  Success

    How I am Teaching Responsibility to my Young Adult

    As my daughter Katie neared her 18th birthday the inevitable challenge arose: “I’m almost 18!” she huffed at me one day. “You need to start treating me like an adult!” “I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one,” I retorted firmly. This led to a conversation about what it takes to be considered an adult. I…