• Personal

    Katie’s Graduation

    The big day finally arrived. My youngest, the reason I worked so hard to live on less, finally graduated high school. It was a bittersweet day. I spent close to 20 years striving to work less so that I could spend as much time with her as possible. I swam against the current as a single mom but this day…

  • Personal

    Katie’s Prom

    My daughter’s growing up. It’s hard to believe that she is 18 and on the verge of graduating high school. She even has a boyfriend now. He’s leaving for the Army in a few months so he’s resolved to spend as much time with Katie as possible before he leaves. He even gave her a promise ring this weekend. Here…

  • 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…