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Here’s a scenario I bet you’ve encountered: You’re on your way home. It’s a familiar route. You’ve done this trip hundreds or thousands of times. Your mind drifts to other parts of your day. You think about the grocery list, the latest challenge with work or the kids. The next thing you know, you’re home. You don’t remember the commute. You don’t remember the turns, the signs, or the stops. You know they happened ...
Posted: Jun 11 2019 @ 8:58 AM
Have you ever vacationed with your entire family in a single house? I’ve always told Chris that I think the best time to spend with extended family would be in a neutral setting at a neutral time (no holidays please). This idea became a reality when my mom surprised us with an amazing gift. My mom and aunts recently sold my grandparents’ house. With my mom’s portion of the sale ...
Posted: May 14 2019 @ 8:58 AM
I’ve been dreaming up different house plans for years. The square feet, number of bedrooms, and layout always varied, but the one thing that remained the same was my desire to create a functional compact home. For us, smaller square feet means a smaller mortgage and less to clean! This frees up financial resources to invest in other things we love to do (travel). It also frees up our time ...
Posted: Mar 19 2019 @ 8:58 AM
Back in 2017, we took on the challenge to buy nothing new for a full calendar year. We wanted to break away from the consumerism that surrounds us on a daily basis. Our hope was that if we could get through an entire year of buying nothing new that it would help us become more intentional with our money. We came up with five strategies to help us avoid buying new ...
Posted: Mar 12 2019 @ 8:58 AM
If you read enough personal finance articles, you’re bound to have come across numerous discussions about needs versus wants. If you take the messages at face value, you’ll come away with a sense that the majority of your financial issues come from an inability to minimize your wants. This sage advice comes from all over, whether it be from your favorite personal finance blogger or musicians from the 1990’s. It’s not ...
Posted: Mar 05 2019 @ 8:58 AM
So much has and is changing in our finances this year. Chris is back to having a regular paycheck. We will move out of our apartment this Summer, move into our new house, and be back to having a mortgage. While we aren’t excited about the mortgage, we are thankful to be able to build our dream home, the Little White Shack. We definitely want to pay off our mortgage as ...
Posted: Feb 26 2019 @ 8:58 AM
Do you think your dreams are unattainable? In addition to 3 Steps To Get Financially Unstuck and 3 Ways To Live With Intention, we have come to realize a few other components that have made a huge difference in turning our dreams into a reality. Change Your Mindset For most of my life I told myself I couldn’t. Everything seemed out of reach or too complicated. Because of this, I didn’t even ...
Posted: Feb 19 2019 @ 8:58 AM
Now that you know how to get unstuck, it’s time to focus on living with intention. But what does this mean? If you’ve figured out what you value and have made actionable steps to start living by those values, you’re ready to start living with intention (well, you’ve already started). There are three things to know that will help you keep the course. It’s not always easy, but it is ...
Posted: Feb 12 2019 @ 8:58 AM
There was a time when we felt stuck. We felt like our dreams and hopes were unattainable. We felt defeated. We struggled during this time in our life (and in our marriage), but we found a way to pull ourselves out of that hard place and into a better financial situation, allowing us to make our dreams a reality. You can do it too - here are 3 steps to ...
Posted: Feb 05 2019 @ 8:58 AM
Thank you to Qoins for sponsoring this story! Life isn’t easy. It takes perseverance to reach your goals. During the journey there will be small wins and big setbacks, but everything that happens is preparing you for the future. Looking back, Christian can see how his drive to make his dreams a reality helped him start his own business and help others conquer debt! Losing My Job After college, I landed a job ...
Posted: Dec 18 2018 @ 8:58 AM


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