Month: January 2018

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Our Journey

The conversation happened before our first child was even born, 14 years ago. One of our first arguments as a married couple and it was about money. The conversation started out positively, going well, trying to get on the same page about our finances and where we were going.  Joe was super focused about paying off our sizable student loan debt, whereas I was … Read More Our Journey

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The Pull of the Imagined Life

As a pre-teen, growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, my friends and I would walk to our small downtown after school.  We would ride our bikes, grab a slice of pizza, and go to various stores to look around.  I can’t remember many of the details of the shops we would frequent, but there is one that’s stayed with me – a children’s … Read More The Pull of the Imagined Life

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Saving Instead

Money.  I think it really all changed for me when the paycheck stopped being directly deposited.  No more magical appearance of funds into my checking account twice a month.  I say ‘magical’ – it wasn’t like I didn’t work for the money that appeared, but it was abstract.  I would go to my sales job, have my conversations, review and prepare, put in the … Read More Saving Instead

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Boundaries for the Beeps

(Fresh from the snow, rosy-cheeked girls after being kicked off a myriad of technology.) I remember reading an article recently about how the world of iPhones and smartphones of all kinds were changing our minds.   How people that were developing the actual software used on smartphones were pulling back from what they had created when they realized how addictive all of it was. … Read More Boundaries for the Beeps

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A Few Short Years In

The country roads where we live are filled with hills and turns.  In the summer, it’s common to find yourself behind a large tractor, one you can’t see past to know if he might be turning off any time soon.  So you sit back behind the steering wheel and relax, figuring you might as well enjoy where you are since you have little control … Read More A Few Short Years In