How Inertia Can Wreck Your Finances

As a journalist with mild social anxiety, I often dread interviewing people in person. It makes me nervous, I worry I won't ask the right questions, and I'll look dumb. Don’t get me wrong, every time I interview someone, I’m glad to have done it. Not only do I get...

Things to Do in Reykjavík, Iceland

If you ever go to Iceland and you tell people you're going to Iceland, prepare for this reply: "You know it's going to be cold, right?" This is the response I got from almost everyone when I told them I'd be visiting Iceland this year. "It's going to be cold,...

Why “Being Present” Is So Difficult

Back in the day, I used to go to loud, crowded, sweaty concerts. It was never really my thing, I mostly hugged the wall and gripped my drink, but a friend in our circle was so into it. One night, jumping around, he turned to me and shouted, "Man, this is my element!"...

Luck Is Not the Opposite of Hard Work

I loved parables as a kid. One of my favorites was the parable of the Chinese farmer. It's an old Taoist story, but philosopher Alan Watts popularized it in his book, Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life. It went something like this: Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer...

Minimalism Vs. Earning More Money

Over the Christmas break, I watched the documentary The Minimalists. As someone who has embraced minimalism since childhood (I was a weird kid with a very clean room), I found myself nodding like crazy throughout the first quarter of the movie. “YES! It’s so true! We...

Why I Don’t Want My Children to Be the Best

This is a guest post from JT. JT writes about family and financial education and you should read his blog, of JustMakingCents.com. My 8-year-old daughter, Zuzzy, dribbles to her right in a hunching gallop, like a wounded wildebeest, before she bounces the ball off of...

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What You're Saying

  • Trena: This a point well taken. I avoid my money even though I know I shouldn’t. It is good be reminded that we...
  • Vivian Tejeda: The fact that the longer you go without doing something the rustier you get resonates with me so much....
  • Irene: Love this blog! I think most people believe that they should be minimalists but what they want is to have a...
  • Judy: This is true for so many aspects of life! Thank you! I think I need to consider making small regular habits for...
  • Durga: This post is really informative, on how to use the credit card for travelling as we wish. Many don’t...