Examining a Wonderful Life

Call me old school.

I love the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

As an adult it is my holiday must see every year.  I own the disc.  I schedule a viewing on my calendar so that it doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle.

I am eternally grateful to Frank Capra for bringing Philip Van Doren Stern’s story to life.  It can seem like a simple movie but if you watch it enough (ahem…about 30 plus times like me) there are a whole lot of layers, a whole lot of metaphors, and a bunch of life lessons. Continue reading

How to build a tribe in real life

How to Build a Tribe IRL

 

In the blogosphere and business world, you will see countless mentions of “building your tribe”.  It is great advice- everyone needs a support system- but often it seems it is applied to an online network or following.  There is nothing wrong with that but we don’t live a virtual or compartmentalized life. We live in a tangible world and everything we do is just part of the whole of who we are. Continue reading

Looking for Gratitude

How to Find Gratitude When Your Life is a Trainwreck

 

Gratitude is touted as a key to happiness.  I absolutely unequivocally believe that it is true. But how do you find gratitude when life is off the rails, when it seems like you are taking one step forward and two steps back, or when it feels like there is a grand conspiracy against you?  Life has a way of doing that to us sometimes.

In the wreckage, there is always at least some tiny grain of thankfulness.  If we can find the little tiny grains and store them up for ourselves, before long we have a bushel basket.  The more we have to be grateful for the less imposing our problems look. Continue reading

Personal finance should be less stressful

Simplify Your Finances

 

Please welcome my guest, Ms. LLC, a new blogger over at Lovely Life Cents, an upcoming personal finance blog. Check it out!

More money, more problems. Money doesn’t bring happiness. Money matters most in life. Nothing is free in the world, not even love. Money always wins. These maxims seem timeless. Well, they basically are.

As long as hard currency, a modern economy, or any sort of standard of wealth has been around, money has been the crux of everything including your problems, your successes, your perceived happiness, and corresponding depression. Yikes! Doesn’t seem too fun. Continue reading