Book Review – Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less



Essentialism

Life is so complicated these days and it seems like we’re constantly being pulled in a dozen different directions. Your boss wants you to stay late to finish a big project.  He also wants to give you some new responsibilities (though he doesn’t want to take any of your current duties away).  Meanwhile, you’re anxious […]

4 Money Lessons I Learned From Samurai Jack



Samurai Jack

Long ago in a distant land…I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now […]

What Scrooge McDuck Taught Me About Money and Life



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When I was a kid there was a string of hit Disney cartoons that aired in the after-school hours on weekday afternoons. The Disney afternoon lineup included the Gummi Bears, Tale Spin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers. As a cartoon-loving kid, I was in my glory.  I loved all those […]

Likability Will Help You Succeed in the Workplace



A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed why likability is important in the workplace.  The article noted that, “Likable people are more apt to be hired, get help at work, get useful information from others and have mistakes forgiven.” You may be tempted to file this under “No Shit Sherlock” but I think […]

5 Drawbacks to Working from Home



Are you a working parent dreaming of the day you can quit your job and stay home caring for your child and working on the side?  If so, I completely understand where you are coming from. Nine years ago, when my first child was born, I wanted nothing more than to work from home and […]

Should A Woman Quit Her Job to Stay Home with Her Child?



Once a couple finds out they are expecting, one of the toughest decisions is determining who will care for the child.  Will both parents work and utilize day care?  Will one parent stay home?  If so, which one? Often the woman decides to be the one to put her career on hold and stay home […]

Free College Education For Your Kids. . .If You’re Willing to Move



‘Tis the season for millions of high school graduates to leave home and begin their college experience.  If they’re lucky and have worked hard, they have earned scholarships or have parents who’ve been saving for their education for years.  If all goes right, they’ll leave college with no debt. If they’re not so lucky or […]

If You’re Creative, You Can Cap College Costs Using These 6 Strategies



A few weeks ago, the government let student loan interest rates return to 6.8%.  Sure, they could always retroactively put the rate down to 3.4%, and most people think that they will, eventually.  However, the fact remains that most students rely on student loans to get through college, and most of them have a hard […]

Work at Home Parent with Limited Time? Try This Trick to Prioritize Your Work



If you’re a work at home parent, unless your kids go to school all day, you’re likely working fewer hours than you would like.  Juggling parenting and working isn’t easy, especially when you have young children.  If you feel like your life is out of balance, try this trick to bring it back into balance. […]

5 Smart Ways the College Graduate can Manage Debt



Graduating from college is a momentous occasion. It is also a scary time because you will leave the cocoon where you have spent your whole life and be thrust into the real world. It can be a dark and scary place that is ready to spit out the young and the naive. Sadly, the youth […]

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