April Debt Reduction Progress: The Force Is Strong With This One

Time Flies!  Yada Yada. For the last 9 months I’ve been recalibrating life to my new standard. I’ve gotten divorced for the second time in 3 years (ouch) I’ve changed my name again My net worth increased by about 250%! I decided not to sell my house My house tried to escape to Oz My … [Read more…]

Without Your Purple Rain

This world will never be the same Without your Purple Rain You have ripped a color from the rainbow What’s left is dull and grey I’m not ready for this much sadness So much pain Because the world will never be the same Without your Purple Rain It’s not fair I’m dying inside Your talent touched … [Read more…]

Kiss Overpriced Hotel Rooms GOOD-BYE!

No More Boring Hotels

Last year, when we traveled to my sister’s house in Florida, I had a couple of drinks on the plane and accidentally fell for the credit card scheme they were promoting as we prepared to land.  So, I’m now the proud owner of a credit card I absolutely don’t need but justify continuing to use … [Read more…]

Two Financial Thresholds Crossed in 24 Hours!

Happy Threshold

For weeks, I have been teetering on the brink of two financial thresholds.  I have been watching the numbers flirt dangerously close, but then the market would sigh and float away in the wrong direction. These were both numbers that I never really paid attention to or thought were significant until very recently.  Now it … [Read more…]

MWI – It was an accident, I swear!

I woke up this morning and weighed myself and was pleasantly surprised (I almost NEVER get to say that!) to find that I’d lost weight.  My Monday weigh in was March 14th at 170.5.  I know I went up a few pounds since then, topping off at 174 as far as I can remember.  Today I … [Read more…]

Willpower is Elusive

Snack Obsessed

I get bored at work because I sit at a desk all day.  My mind wanders and eventually finds it’s way into the 7-Eleven “cafe” we have here at work.  Everything there is overpriced and unhealthy.  My mind browses the shelves until it’s triggered by a snack…and then I fixate on that snack until I make … [Read more…]

The Numbers Game: This is what it’s all about

Chart of my Net Worth

My entire life, I was focused on one thing that I thought would make me “successful”:  My credit score.  I believed that having excellent credit was the #1 financial goal I should strive for.  I thought that everything else was fair game if I could keep my credit score high.  Houses?  Cars?  RVs?  Absolutely!  As … [Read more…]