Gym Explosions and Miscommunications

This is a text message exchange I had with my daughter, whose middle school is in a very high-crime area. I asked if she was safe. She didn’t respond for nearly 15 minutes. I texted my husband at work to inform him of his daughter’s report. He was very concerned. I was wrapping up myContinue reading “Gym Explosions and Miscommunications”

Relationships and Money

If you had a severe medical emergency, who would you call to help with the non-medical parts of the emergency? If your home burned down, where would you stay? How strong is your support group? Are you part of others’ support groups? A while back, my local church received word of a couple and theirContinue reading “Relationships and Money”

It Won’t Let Me Do It!

My three-year-old is learning to dress himself. He brings his clothes to me, chucks them at my head, and joyfully asks me to put them on him. I consistently respond with the gentle encouragement, “You can do it.” He then picks up an article and fiddles with it for a moment before asking, “This way?Continue reading “It Won’t Let Me Do It!”

Forgiveness, Grace, and Excuses

When working to improve an area of their life, people believe they must have a “no excuses” policy. I agree with this SO LONG as we agree on what an excuse is. And so long as we make lots of room for grace and forgiveness – also to be understood the same way. What isContinue reading “Forgiveness, Grace, and Excuses”

Money Trouble #3 – No plan

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and wasContinue reading “Money Trouble #3 – No plan”

Money Trouble #2- Thou Shalt Not Spend

After talking with hundreds of people about their anxieties and beliefs about money, I have discovered the prevalence of what I have dubbed, **Thou Shalt Not Spend Syndrome. People with this **syndrome have a conscious or unconscious belief that there are “good” expense and “bad” expenses, and that the key to financial success and the keystone ofContinue reading “Money Trouble #2- Thou Shalt Not Spend”

Education with Best Return on Investment

I wish I got paid a dollar for every time someone said, “Oh, I wish someone had taught me how to manage money when I was young. I should have taken a college class on it or something.” Have you ever wished this? What is stopping you now? Erroneous teachings and a lack of financialContinue reading “Education with Best Return on Investment”

What Would You Do With the Cure for Financial Cancer?

Fidelity did a study to look at how Americans were feeling about their finances as they headed into 2020 and a new decade, and whether they were making a resolution to improve their financial situation. The study concluded that the desire to achieve money goals trumped goals in other areas by a significant amount. FinancialContinue reading “What Would You Do With the Cure for Financial Cancer?”