Monthly Archives: July 2017

Paying off debt

The Best Part of Paying Off Debt

[ As part of my serial life, paying off debt was a life changing part of the journey. Today a  fellow blogger is going to share his experience with this.  Jacob Evans paid down $25,000 in student loan debt in just 15 months. He chronicles his journey to financial independence over at Dollar Diligence. You can learn more @DollarDiligence. ]

Like many college graduates, I started my post-graduation life with the burden of student loans. Entering the workforce $25,000 in debt — particularly as a relatively low-paid teacher — tempered a lot of the excitement that I felt about finally getting out into the real world.  Most of my paycheck would be eaten up by my student loan payments — leaving little behind for what I wanted to do with my life. Continue reading

Do Nothing Day: Summer Edition

Do Nothing Day: Summer Edition

Back in December, I posted a little something about how to do nothing.   I wanted to encourage everyone to take a little mental health day after the holidays.  After all the chaos from Thanksgiving til New Years, we need to unwind.

Well, here we are past the half way mark of 2017.  I am realizing that I, along with many of the people I know and love, once again need to schedule a Do Nothing Day.  We have longer days and we are trying to fill them with as much living as we can.  What we call relaxation looks remarkably similar to cramming things into our calendar because we are afraid of missing out. Continue reading

GISHWHES

How to Have Fun and Give Back

 

Philanthropy does not need to be boring.  It can be fun.

I know what you’re thinking.   A rubbery chicken dinner and a basket raffle do not usually a good time make (unless you win the basket and it is full of stuff you really like and would not have purchased for yourself anyway, then all of a sudden it’s a lot more enjoyable).

Would you like to give back and have a little bit of fun along the way?  Would you like to complete the summer having done something a little more epic and make the world a better place at the same time? How about a chance to go on an all-expense paid vacation to somewhere like Hawaii?

I have just the thing. Continue reading

How to take advantage of serendipity

Learn to Embrace the Gift of Serendipity

We regularly have opportunities in our life that show up unplanned.

The best things in my life came as a surprise to me.  My husband, three of my career tracks, some of the friends I have, and some really cool experiences I had never had even thought to want all appeared when I least expected it.

The irony here is that, in general, I don’t like surprises.  I like my goals set, and life well planned and documented in my calendar in advance. As most people who have made it to adulthood know, the universe laughed at this!   I have been thrown a lot of surprises, both good and bad.  The bad helped me find strength and perseverance but the good has brought me so much happiness. Continue reading