• Frugality,  Simplicity

    Is it Socially Acceptable to Save Money?

    As I look back upon this year, I realize that the majority of the criticism that I’ve received concerns how I choose to spend (or not spend) my money. Among the things I’ve been told: I should rent or buy a bigger home. While I’m here, I should spend money painting and decorating my current home, despite the fact that…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…

  • Minimalism,  Organization,  Personal,  Simplicity

    Physical Vs. Print Books

    Over the years I have waffled between print and physical books. I love having the ability to pull a book off of the shelf and flip to my notes or review certain sections. I don’t know if it is because I grew up exclusively with physical books or if that is the way that my brain works. Regardless of the…

  • Recycling,  Simplicity

    When Older is Better

    I took the opportunity to visit the computing section of a major store yesterday. Reader John had posted on Facebook about how laptops have gotten to the point where not even the keyboards are easily replaceable so I wanted to confirm his complaint. To my dismay, every single laptop offered for sale was designed in a way to make replacing…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Sock Rebellion

    I cannot remember the last time I purchased socks. One day I realized that I owned far too many pairs and decided not to purchase any more until the ones I owned wore out. It is finally starting to happen. This morning I grabbed a pair out of my bin to discover that both socks contained holes. As I examined…

  • Food,  Happiness,  Holidays

    The First Step to Happiness

    There is an epidemic of unhappiness in this world. We don’t want to talk about it since unhappiness is now called “depression.” Depression is a bad word because it now means that we’re crazy and we need to go talk to a psychiatrist or take some drugs. The stigma surrounding unhappiness makes it hard to discuss openly. Our current social…

  • Economy

    State of the World Today

    I’ve been called paranoid more than once for my belief that we are on the verge of a major problem. I’ve even received a bit of hate due to the fact that I believe that we need to take steps to prevent the rich from getting richer. I’ve even been called crazy for stating my belief that a large number…

  • 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…