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Not An Island: On Building Meaningful Connections

Last week I wrote about the one thing that has saved my marriage multiple times. This week I’ve been thinking more and more about my connections to those around me, and how the modern era has made us more connected in a million ways, but also threatens the very fiber of what real relationships are made from. 949 more words

Crunchy Mama

My Marriage's Perpetual Lifesaver

I’m realizing now that this is the first time I’ve decided to write a post about my marriage, such a huge facet of my life! Truth be told, I’ve come to feel like talking about my marriage could, and probably would, bite me in the ass. 933 more words


Dining Out, Downshifter Style

Since I began my downshifting journey, I’ve read hundreds of books and articles on saving money and living below one’s means. Most of them recommend preparing meals at home and eliminating restaurant meals as a way to cut costs. 476 more words


4 Steps to a Sweet Space

We all have been there at one time or another in our lives. Life gets busy, the job gets demanding, the social life gets full, and before you know it there’s a pile of clothes here, a paper laden countertop there. 651 more words


It's Just STUFF, Right?

Yesterday, I helped my best friend move her stuff out of the storage unit that she’d rented for several years. She was one of a dozen or so victims of a “suspicious” fire at the storage facility that turned their belongings into piles of charred and smoke-damaged rubble. 297 more words


And The Budget Begins ...

It took me a lot longer to create a working budget I felt comfortable with than I thought it would.  I foolishly underestimated how difficult it would be to switch from never balancing my bank statement to accounting for every penny.   1,216 more words


Cleaning Up the Books: Phase 1

If there was an award for the worst bookkeeper ever … it would be me.  Standing ovation bad.

I never look at my balance.  I don’t bother to open the bills (they’re all on auto-pay so what’s the point?!).  720 more words