“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” I do not know who coined that beautiful quote, but I love it. We all know it is best to have an “attitude of gratitude,” but sometimes it is easier said than done. My pastor spoke today...Read more
What if our presents this year were ONLY presence?! What if instead of the overwhelming, budget-breaking, stress-filled process of making a list of people, ideas of presents for them, searching for the presents, price-comparing, purchasing and wrapping, instead we...Read more
When a birthday rolls around of someone very special in your life, you want to get them something special to show gratitude for their life. It’s usually material and meant to brighten their day. So what on earth do you do to celebrate the life of someone who...Read more
I have a problem. It all began when I was 16 years old. My dad said I needed a credit card to “build my credit.” It made sense in my mind. However, it began a major shift in my process of consuming, earning, purchasing and generally getting the things I wanted in...Read more
Most people would probably hazard a guess that my aspiration for minimalism is a result of the sudden death of my soulmate and father of my children when I had just turned 32 years old. The date was August 3, 2014. Actually, August 2nd, because he died in Afghanistan...Read more
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