13 Lessons Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

13 Lessons Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun night — let’s watch Friday the 13th!

Teenage sleepover — of course, Sleepaway Camp!

And for the annual Halloween party — well, I’d expect nothing less than gathering together to watch our favorite silent masked villain — no, not that one, the other one. Michael Myers, of course.

Watching horror movies was a legit rite of passage when I was a kid.

And it went hand-in-hand with checking under my bed, sleeping with the lights on, and asking my dad to check for monsters in the closet.

And yes, as a full grown adult, I am still afraid of the dark.

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The Day I Got 5 More Minutes with My Mom

Five More Minutes with Mom

How I Got 5 More Minutes with My Mom

This may sound like a strange statement to make.

If you don’t know me, then this might seem totally random, and not a big deal.

And if you do know me, then you’d know this is a complete impossibility.

Bear with me here —

My mom passed away when I was in high school. She battled a long illness that I didn’t know much about at the time.

And being a teenager, let’s face it — I didn’t really care to know the details.

I just knew things in our family were different. For as far back as I could remember, my mom couldn’t do what other mothers could do with their kids. It was just a fact of life.

Other kids had moms who could take them to the park, monkey around on the jungle gym, play dress-up or have dance parties. My mom couldn’t do any of those things. On her best days, she could walk slowly while holding onto the walls. As her disease progressed, she became wheelchair bound. And eventually, she became fully immobilized, 100% bedridden.

She died when I was a high school senior, while I was taking my SATs.

But a short time ago, I was granted five more minutes with her.

And it was amazing.

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How to Know When You Need a Break at a Professional Conference



Attending a Professional Conference can be stressful. How to navigate networking functions without draining energy and soul. #entrepreneur #professional #networking #selfcare #stressfree


How to Know When You Need a Break

I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be writing this post. It’s a lot different than pretty much all of the others I’ve been seeing out there, and I didn’t think it would be received well. Not for any negative reasons, but because it was against the norm of what was experienced by others.

I started writing this more so for me, to be cathartic and get my thoughts down “on paper”. The plan was not to release or promote this.

Then a wise person urged me to go ahead and publish it. They said “it might be different from others, but it is yours.”

So with that being said, here we go. This was my first FinCon experience.


Attitude is Everything

There is something to be said for having a positive attitude. For one, it makes life a heck of a lot easier when you see the glass as half full, instead of half empty.

I’ve written in the past about the power of positive thinking, and having faith in your own abilities. Having confidence in yourself isn’t always easy. But it can be learned. And it can become a behavior that is honed, built upon, and improved.

The more work you put into it, the easier it gets. And the growth compounds from there. Baby steps — to feel better about yourself, your goals, and your overall purpose.

But what happens if you push too hard… You go too far… You lean a little too much into a world that you’re not quite ready for?

That’s when it’s best to know your limitations. Identify your triggers.

Because if and when that momentum begins to slow, you may start rolling backwards down that hill again.

And sometimes, instead of pushing yourself forward, you need to know when to take a break.

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Find Your Voice, Be a Sponge

Find Your Voice, Be a Sponge

Advice from a Middle-Aged, Former Over-Achiever

Next week I will be attending my very first personal finance conference.

This is important for two reasons. First, because I will be moving one step closer to my dream. Getting my finances in order. Solidifying my future. Expanding my education by learning more about investing, saving and creating smart financial goals.

The second reason is because I will be taking this excursion entirely on my own. No friends or family to lean on. Navigating an airport, ground transportation, and a ginormous resort hotel. By. Myself.

To those of you who actually know me, your jaws have probably dropped to the floor by now. Because I barely leave the house, much less travel across the country.




I’m a remote worker, faithful Amazon Prime member and loyal user of Peapod grocery delivery service. I prefer to have things come to me.

More importantly, I prefer not to go out in public. At least not very often.

So the fact that I’m stepping out into the “real world” and leaning into my discomfort, is extremely surprising to those I know.

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How to Save Money on a Beach Vacation

It’s half-way through September — so clearly the *perfect* time for me to publish a post about taking a summer beach vacation —


How to save money on a beach vacation. Outer Banks, NC #OBX
Yes, this picture was actually taken from the deck of the beach house we rented  — Rodanthe, NC

By the Sea

I started writing this post mid-August while I was on vacation. Don’t worry, I also did plenty of relaxing. In fact, I felt like I’d been relaxing a bit too much, and not taking full advantage of potential blogging time.

Because once that two week vacation was over and I returned home to my day job, I knew there would be the usual time crunch. Blogging would be de-prioritized, and my focus would again gravitate to my regular 9-to-5.

(Hello, one month later…)

Although I do have hopes I can start motivating myself by making clear blogging goals, and being more productive on a daily basis.

But while I was in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, I thought maybe I could make a little bit of progress on my blog.

And now that I’m back in New England, and back into the swing of things — it’s time to get this puppy out there.

Because can you believe, it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted anything?

Crazy how time gets away from you —

But here we are, with the next topic at hand:  How to Save Money on Vacation (at the beach).

As everyone knows, money is a pretty big factor when one starts to consider going on vacation.

It can definitely dictate where you go, how long you stay, what you do there and what kind of meals you have.

So I figured this would be an appropriate way to tie in these two topics — vacation and money.

And being on this two week excursion with my family and friends, I can pretty much speak from our own personal experiences.


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