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Finding Beauty in Ordinary Places: May/June Update All Posts / Life / More

If you’re new here, I post an update every couple of months that details how we’re doing on our debt payoff and other goals. I also include some highlights of the months and what I’ve been reading and watching…because life is about more than just reaching goals.

As a Type A person (with debt), I easily get caught up in trying to be productive all the time. It’s important to relax once in a while 🙂

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Loss, Overspending, and Dopamine: March/April Update All Posts / Life / More

If you’re new here, I post an update every couple of months that details how we’re doing on our debt payoff and other goals. I also include some highlights of the months and what I’ve been reading and watching…because life is about more than just achieving goals.

As a Type A person (with debt), I easily get caught up in trying to be productive all the time. It’s important to relax once in a while 🙂

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My Winter Survival Kit All Posts / Life / More

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I live in Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes…and 10,000 blizzards.  Minnesota is also the. coldest. place. on. Earth.

No, really.

The Thrillist recently ranked Minnesota as the #1 worst state to live in based on how miserable its winters are.  Every year, there are at least a few days when Minnesota is LITERALLY the coldest place on Earth.  That’s right – we even beat out ANTARCTICA every once in a while.

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And sometimes we wake up to find our cars buried underneath 22 inches of snow.

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Birthdays, Pugs, and Minimalism: January/February Update All Posts / Life / More

If you’re new here, I post an update every couple of months that details how we’re doing on our debt payoff and other goals.  I also include some highlights of the months and what I’ve been reading and watching…because life is about more than just reaching goals.  As a Type A person (with debt), I easily get caught up in trying to be productive all the time.  It’s important to relax once in a while 🙂

January and February have been an eventful couple of months.  I paid off another student loan (yay!), our cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to be put down 🙁 , and I turned 28.

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Setting Goals for 2017 All Posts / Life / More

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It’s time for New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for 2017.  I’m a little late on this considering that it’s almost February, but it’s better late than never, right?

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Making 2017 Your “Year of Yes” All Posts / Life / More

I recently read Shonda Rhimes’ (the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) bestselling book Year of Yes and it was fantastic.  In the book, Shonda describes how saying “yes” changed her life – and how it can change yours too.

Despite being a wealthy, powerful woman, Shonda is an introvert and often said “no” to attending events that made her uncomfortable.  During her “year of yes” she made a vow to start saying “yes” to everything that scares her.

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We Bought a Tiny Car + Other Winter Updates All Posts / Life / More

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Winter has arrived here in Minnesota…I spent 20 minutes digging my car out of the snow this morning and it’s going to be -4 for the high one day next week!  Brrr!  Hopefully most of you readers are enjoying somewhat less chilly weather.  How are you doing on your financial goals so far this season?  Share in the comments!

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27 Things I’m Thankful For All Posts / Life / More

When things are going well, it’s easy to feel gratitude.  But when things are kind of lousy, it’s a lot more difficult to feel thankful.  I’m writing this post not just because of Thanksgiving, but because I need to make more of an effort to be grateful.

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