Is Your Vision of How It Is Supposed to Be Affecting Your Happiness?

Lately, I have been discontent.  While we are making great strides financially from where we were a year ago at this time, I still feel discontented. I am now firmly in midlife, and I do not have a house.  I used to think I would buy a house in my twenties. Instead, I have three […]

Only Judge Your Financial Progress Against Yourself

The author of one personal finance blog I read paid 100% cash for her house.  Another managed to pay her house off years early; she is 31 and owns her home outright.  Me and my husband?  We are still renting and haven’t yet even earmarked a house fund. I watch Suze Orman every Saturday night.  […]

What Financial Lies Are You Telling Yourself?

Derrick has had a stressful day at work, and when he comes home he doesn’t feel like cooking. He tells himself that he “deserves” a night out at a restaurant. This is repeated at least once a week, to a tune of $160 to $200 a month. Victoria has $4000; instead of saving it, she […]

On Not Keeping Up with the Joneses

I had a very good friend in graduate school (10 years ago!) that I lost touch with soon after grad school. When I knew her, she was heavy set and had long, curly hair and glasses. She refused to wear her hair up even in hot, sticky southern summers because she didn’t want anyone to […]