• self-improvement

    There is no White Knight Coming to Rescue You

    So life sucks. You’re perpetually broke and unattractive enough that all of the “good ones” pass you over for the younger, cuter models. Your only hope of having the good life is when the weight disappears, your flaws are magically fixed, your distant relative leaves you an inheritance, and a complete stranger begs you to accept a job offer that…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    The Art of Standing Firm

    There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to stand firm in our decisions, when we have to straighten our shoulders and move forward despite opposition from others–and even ourselves. These decisions can encompass anything. The details don’t matter; what matters is that you maintain your resolution. The people around you may not understand what you…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    You Can’t Change Your Past

    Every so often I encounter someone who shares with me their belief that they cannot be successful. “I’d love to [insert dream here] but I can’t. My parents were abusive/poor/absent so I’ve got too much of a disadvantage.” If it’s not some variation of that excuse, they claim that they got married or had kids too soon. Sometimes they’ve even…

  • Education,  self-improvement,  Success

    How to Deal With the Demon of Doubt

    After a long night at work I returned home to discover a surprise in my inbox: “Congratulations! We are excited to inform you that your application has been reviewed and you can start studying at UoPeople in the upcoming term!” I sat and stared at that email for an hour. I was accepted? Just like that? They’re joking, right? I…

  • Inspiration

    Counting the Shifts

    Having experienced freedom in the past I am likely more spoiled than most. I know the pleasure that comes from waking up when you like and having the freedom to arrange your schedule as desired. That is why on some days I dread going to work. Even as much as I enjoy my job I watch the clock tick closer…

  • Finances,  Productivity,  Success

    Why the Turtle Beats the Hare to Success

    One of the blessings that come with age is patience. Time has a way of making you realize that instant wealth or success is a fairy tale concocted by marketers to place your cash in their pocket by taking advantage of your impatience. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses how mediocre companies develop long-lasting success. His research…

  • Finances,  Housing,  Organization

    The Value of Household Inventory

    I opened the last tote of kitty litter this morning. As soon as I topped off the litterbox I sat down and penned a note to my daughter, asking her to order more come payday. We had 1.5 totes of cat food on hand, so I informed her that we would be good on cat food for this round. This…

  • Success

    Frustrated? Stick to Your Plan

    Last night Murphy’s Law seemed to reign at my job. I awoke this morning with the frustration still eating at me. The details don’t matter. You’ve probably felt the same, that desire to just say “fuck it” and change your plan. So what can you do when that desire hits? You can do the same thing that I do. You…

  • Health

    The Reality of Aging

    I woke up to a face filled with pain the other morning. I sat up with a moan, trying to figure out what was happening when my daughter entered the room. “Oh my God! What happened to your face?” Katie exclaimed. I staggered to a mirror. My upper right lip had swelled to the size of a sports ball. That…

  • Finances

    Do We Need a Job?

    Everyone knows that we need money in order to live. That’s a given. We need to buy food and clothing. We need a place to live. In certain nations (like my own) we need money in order to afford healthcare even. But do we really need a job? We’ve been taught that we need to go to school, get a…

  • Car-Free,  Finances

    A Slice of Slavery

    Katie had to walk to work in the pouring rain this morning. I grieved for her as she headed into the downpour to walk the mile-long trek to her public job. I’ll have to do the same in a couple of hours. I could sit at this keyboard and whine that life isn’t fair; why can’t we own vehicles like…

  • Finances,  Retirement

    Repeating My Way to Freedom

    I just calculated the dividends I will receive over the next 12 months. I have finally topped the $250 mark. In order to consider myself financially free I need to have $6,000 a year minimum in passive income, or $500 a month. I am halfway to my one month’s goal, even with the sizeable investment I’ve made in one non-dividend…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Minimalist Experimentation

    Many years ago I took my readers along on my personal journey through Minimalism. I was overwhelmed at the time so once I discovered that owning less not only helped my finances but made my practical day-to-day life easier I jumped in with both feet. I followed the advice of the experts of the day, eliminating not only the things…

  • Housing,  Personal

    How I Spent My Day Off

    I set my alarm bright and early. I had plans to visit the library book sale and have lunch with a friend before applying at some local factories so I wanted to get all of my daily tasks completed. That way, when I arrived home after lunch I could dedicate the rest of my afternoon to decimating the jungle in…

  • Life,  Personal

    Stiffly Moving Forward

    My first thought this morning was that someone had replaced my joints with a box of Rice Krispies. Every part of my body snapped, cracked, and popped after yesterday’s adventure. But at least I got the front yard mowed. I may not feel like moving from this spot but I still had stuff to get done. While I’ve accomplished a…

  • Housing,  Personal

    Adventures in Weeds

    I arrived home after work to discover that, true to Amazon’s word, my weed trimmer had arrived. Squee! This is the first time in a decade or so that I’ve actually owned a weed trimmer. While I borrowed mowers the first year I moved here I eventually started paying my neighbors to maintain my yard. I wasn’t sure if I…

  • Finances,  Minimalism

    Minimalism, Cash Flow, and Turnover

    One of the ways that businesses maximize their funds is by utilizing turnover to increase their cash flow. Instead of purchasing a year’s supply of whatsits in order to make their widgets, they instead purchase just enough to get by for a certain time period like a week or a month. The store I work at uses this principle. They…

  • Finances,  Health

    Self-Analysis

    Last night I face-planted into my computer keyboard. That was a definite sign of why I’ve become so grumpy and frustrated as of late. I’ve pushed myself a bit too hard again, sacrificing sleep for my goals. I have really got to establish some limits here. While I’m happy that I am more productive than I’ve been in quite a…