Money Mindset

How money, debt and financial culture can affect you personally. The internal challenges and struggles when dealing with money issues. Motivation to do better financially, and how to handle mental setbacks when money emergencies pop up.

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, …

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How I Learned to Blog Anonymously, and Why I Stopped

 What I Learned From One Year of Anonymous Blogging Originally Published: August 4, 2018 It’s been one year since I started this journey of blogging anonymously. When I researched and purchased my domain name, set up a pretty basic and free WordPress theme. Signed up for a few free online courses. And dove headfirst into the glamorous world of beginner blogging. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things. Things like: Your website doesn’t need to be that fancy, since most people will be reading your blog over mobile anyway. Pinterest is a quick way to start getting traffic, but …

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For Love and Money – Talking Finances with Your Partner

farm couple

For Richer, For Poorer Ah, love. Exciting and new. So many possibilities. So much chemistry. The whirlwind romance, plans for the future. Cohabiting, vows, babies — and no, it doesn’t have to be in that order (or at all). But then there’s the bank account. Do you have one, or maybe two? Does your partner have one? Should you combine them? And before you even think about doing anything jointly, have you had that crucial conversation about money? It’s so easy to fall in love, but why is it so hard to have a heart-to-heart with your amour about finances? …

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How to Keep the Faith and Push Fear Aside to Follow Your Dreams

Faith Bigger Than Fears plaque

Keeping the Faith I have a wooden plaque that hangs in my kitchen. It’s 12 x 12 inches, handmade (not by me), and is made of slightly distressed wood. It’s positioned right in front of my kitchen window. So when the sun rises from the east, you can see the sunlight come streaming through some of the slightly slanted panels. And when that sunlight peeks through, it gives more emphasis to the phrase that’s displayed — which I use to start out each morning: “Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fears…”   No matter what you believe — where you’re …

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