Figuring Out What It Means to Finish 2020 Strong

Raucous holiday gatherings that I hopefully came in under budget for and could heartily enjoy. Moments of pause to reflect on goals I met and goals I didn’t. Way too much hot cocoa.  And yet somehow, this year is shaping up to be very different. Given the bleak start to fall we are having in … [Read more…]

5 Pieces of Advice I Really Need Now

Advice on sticky notes

There’s so much advice swirling around. It’s a cacophony of promises to take the edge off the pandemic. While I sincerely hope it’s working for some people, it hasn’t much worked for me. This post isn’t set to weigh anyone else’s advice. In fact, it’s likely that the advice may truly help someone–or many someones. … [Read more…]

Saying No To Myself: A Money Skill I’m Still Trying to Master

Note to Self Word No Telling Myself No

We’ve crested a lot of milestones in 2020. Not only do we have enough money set aside in savings to pay off our mortgage when we’re ready, we can also afford for my husband to take a short-term leave of absence from a work situation that no longer works for our family. Oh. And the … [Read more…]

5 Years, 6 Figures – A Blog Anniversary Celebration

Balloons for 5 Years 6 Figures Celebration

“You write about what?” “But of all the things to talk about! Money?!” “You, uh, know money stuff?” Five years ago, I decided to start this blog. I wasn’t writing as an expert or as anyone with anything particularly interesting to say. Instead, I wanted to chronicle my journey of trying to spend more cents … [Read more…]