• Financial Freedom

    Claiming My Reward

    It was raining. The drips hitting the buckets matched the tears that flowed from my eyes, matching the constant drips from my bank account that threatened our very existence. I’d barely enough money for food, much less to patch that leaky roof. I had kids to feed back then and a never-ending dread: what would happen next to decimate my…

  • Financial Freedom,  Goals,  Law of Attraction

    Mission Accomplished

    When we walk away from something, we can gain the distance needed to see. When we walk away from something, we change our perspective in a way that reveals aspects that we’d previously been blinded to. I’ve been aware of the theory for ages. I’ve rarely seen it work, however, so it’s just been a random bit of knowledge that I’d tucked…

  • Finances,  Financial Freedom,  Frugality

    How to Acquire a Cheap Car

    Shortly after the near-miss flood, Katie announced that she’d become tired of walking to work in the rain and wanted to buy a car. I watched her scroll through posts and eye the selections at local lots before I made a suggestion: “why don’t you ask around at your job? Surely someone knows of a car that you can pick…

  • 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,…