The 50/50 Budget

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The garden, 50% in bloom

I have a friend who is amazing in so many ways. She is giving, has co-funded charities that help refugees, and is so excited about life she never stops participating in cool events in our area. She has family who lives internationally so she and her family travel a lot. She is terrified of budgeting. She and I have made Continue reading “The 50/50 Budget”

The Almost Miraculous Benefits of Making Space for Thinking

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My morning thinking time.

Sara Blakely of Spanx© fame once said in an interview that she spends about 45 minutes each morning driving around the streets of Buckhead, the upscale area in Atlanta where Spanx headquarters are located. Even though she lives really close to her building, she builds in a “fake commute” so that she has time to Continue reading “The Almost Miraculous Benefits of Making Space for Thinking”

I Changed This One Habit to Save Over $11,000 This Year!

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We tracked our crabs this summer–22!

The Excel Spreadsheet

Since it is almost December, I’ve just about completed the second year of Spending Tracking on my Excel spreadsheet. I started the habit last January (2015), when I wanted more control of my spending trends than my Mvelopes or Personal Capital spending trackers were given me. Our family has made (and gone over) Continue reading “I Changed This One Habit to Save Over $11,000 This Year!”

The Three Year Experiment

Me, contemplating 40… or just cooking dinner.

In July, I turned 37. That felt older than 36. A lot, lot older.  For some reason, probably related to the fact that human beings have an innate sense, even as newborns, of the number 3, this made 40 feel really close. 40 feels old. I remember when my parents had their 40th birthdays like it Continue reading “The Three Year Experiment”