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Healthy Acts of Defiance

When I was in junior high, I was very awkward and chubby. Aside from little league cheerleading (which in our case was hardly athletic), I pretty much failed at any sport my parents put me in in my elementary school years. At school, some girls broke into my locker and wrote on my small, dry-erase board, "you'd be pretty if you weren't so fat." Funny how we never forget those kinds of comments. That same year I thought I'd try once more to see if I had any ounce of athletic ability, and tried … Read More...

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How The Tough Get Going

Today I have a guest post from Kassandra Dasent. Kassandra is a self-employed wife and step-mom striving to live life beyond what money can buy.  She writes about a variety of topics and personal experiences that all intersect with money.  You can communicate directly with Kassandra at More Than Just Money. Life is tough and yet life still goes on.  Whether life throws you curve balls like unemployment, a death, bankruptcy, a nasty divorce, a failed business venture, a broken leg, or trying … Read More...

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Why Do We Wait…

It's been a weird week in the world. We lost two Hollywood legends, my friends in Detroit were under water, there were riots and injustice in St. Louis, and several friends posted on Facebook that they had lost a friend or relative. I felt I had to put what I was feeling in general in words somehow, and this is what came out. Please excuse my lack of poetic abilities. Why do we wait... Until we get sick or injured, to appreciate our bodies? Until we've had our first heart attack, to … Read More...

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Being Uniquely You

Last Sunday I decided to tune into the Teen Choice Awards for what reason I don't know. I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to see what the youth of America was up to…but after seeing the nominees for Best Reality Series include such amazing quality shows like Dance Moms and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I knew I was totally not interested. I mean, So You Think You Can Dance wasn't even included, which is a travesty! :) But…I did stick around long enough to see Shailene Woodley … Read More...

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Chasing My Hipster Dream on a Budget: Live Music for $10 or Less

Today I have a guest post from my former co-worker and friend IRL Tim Ramage. Tim is a music lover, video game producer, baseball and soccer (football) fan. Currently he is navigating digital culture for Generation X on his blog, GENeration Xasperation. It’s never too loud, you’re never too old. Show Tim some love!  After 17 years of chewing me up, the video game industry spit me out in November of 2013. Fortunately, I live in a two-income household with no kids, so our austerity measures … Read More...

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How Tonya Attempted To Get Her Groove Back

The phone rings. I'm in the middle of a meditation session on my bedroom floor somewhere around 3 in the afternoon. This probably makes me sound like I'm highly evolved, but the truth is I'm really just daydreaming, because I can't think of anything else to do, and it kind of feels somewhat more important than watching daytime TV. "Hello, this is Tonya," I answer. The woman on the other end of the line is Lisa (not her real name) from Smith Recruiting (not the real company). "Hi Tonya! I … Read More...

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How I Started Freelancing After I Was Laid Off

Today I have a post over at Go Girl Finance. Hope you'll check it out!  One thing I get to witness as a personal finance blogger is seeing someone on occasion decide to quit the full time 9-5 rat race and dive head first into the uncertain waters of freelancing. I silently bless them as they make that bold move, because it isn’t easy, but then again, I learned the hard way. Read More... Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net … Read More...