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So this was my first week following the new work schedule. It didn't going as well as I hoped (wish I got more done), but it's so much better than what I expected (feeling good about what was accomplished). Last year was eventful to say the least.  I found myself finishing up too many days [...]

Simplifying your finances can be an effective way to break the living paycheck to paycheck cycle. One step that has been helpful for us is tracking our spending. With so many accounts, bills, and goals, it can be easy to not know where the money is going. Keeping tabs on where each of your dollars [...]

As we simplify our lives this year there is one thing I will be fighting to keep in mind - it's okay to adjust as needed. The constant in life is change. Don’t feel bad if you have to rework things. It's said the done though. I think we can be so hard on ourselves for [...]

One of my goals for this year is to keep my work schedule to no more than 25 hours per week. With two little ones, it's not practical for me to devote more time. I'd rather spend time with my girls and do fantastic work for a few projects than try to squeeze everything in. [...]

As a new year approaches, many people you know may be making resolutions and goals. Some popular ones include: Lose Weight Exercise More Eat Healthier Spend More Time with Loved Ones Get Out of Debt Save More Money Travel More As wonderful and inspiring as these are, most people will fail. Several factors come into play, [...]

I learned through personal experience and from others that lasting change is less about willpower and more about creating systems. Once you figured a way to change your habits you can break out and achieve your goals. We all have blind spots in our lives. When we’re stressed out we tend to get sloppy in a few areas, [...]

The other day I wrote about knowing where you want to go in life and visualizing your dreams. Now we look at the other point on your map -where you are now. It sounds easy enough, but sometimes can be stress to examine where you are now. It can also liberating and empowering. You can't create a [...]

Picture Your Future

How many times have you made big goals for the year? How many times have you came up short? *hand up* We talked about understanding and defining your why, now it's time to nail down where you want to go. I've seen two key components to those who were successful: Have a Reminder of What [...]

Start with Why

When I began writing about couples building up up finances and marriage, I used to suggest that they start with their budget. I'd give tips on free tools to see where the money was going and give advice on how to make it easy to keep tabs on spending. There was nothing wrong about what I [...]

Today is a new beginning and I'm looking forward to the next 12 months for several reasons. Besides being our anniversary, I chose today to start documenting a new chapter in our lives. I also want to help you have a less stressful and more enjoyable life. The key? Simplifying. Simplifying is about removing distraction and [...]

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