Financial Literary Awareness Carnival

Progress, Not Perfection

Today I'm taking part in Shannon from The Heavy Purse's Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival! Be sure to stop by her site, and visit the other participating blogger's sites as well! Thanks Shannon for letting me be a part of this.  The other day I stopped by Target, otherwise known as The Great Money Suck, for a new bikini. My old ones were completely stretched out and just getting seriously old. I have done a great job of not buying any new bikinis in a couple of years...much better than my … Read More...

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My Perfect Day

The other day I did something rather uncharacteristic. I went to Trader Joe's (totally NOT uncharacteristic), but before I did, I stopped off at the bookstore next door, and ended up walking out with a random book that I wasn't planning on purchasing. Normally I just go to the library, but I guess I wanted something with that "new book smell." :) Anyway, the book is called The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. My interest in Seals and Seal training kind of … Read More...

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Making Bad Emotional Decisions

Today I'm posting at Debt & the Girl. Hope you'll stop by! Leslie from Lesliebeslie.com asked me via twitter the other day, a pretty random question: Did you write about what your life coaching certification included and why you decided against it? I had all but forgotten about the minor stint I had as a student who was taking classes to become a certified life coach, as it was a fairly minor stint at that. I was always a big fan of The Oprah Show when it was on TV. I faithfully set … Read More...

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My Body & My Budget

This is somewhat of a follow up to my post last week called, How Bad Do You Want It? In the article I ask myself that question when it comes to wanting flatter abs for bikini season (aka year round in these parts). Here is the answer to my question: meh, kinda sorta bad. :) In an effort to get to the bottom of why I'm not sculpted like a fitness model (I kid, I'm NOT going for that kind of look), I kept a four-day food journal for my personal trainer friend Dara. I used Myfitnesspal.com to … Read More...

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Why I’m OK With Financing My Car

The other day a PF blogger emailed me, and wanted to feature me in a series she is creating about people who have successfully paid off their debt (I'm keeping the name of the blog anonymous in case she isn't ready to reveal her series). I was flattered, as I had been out of debt for over a year, but recently took on a 10k loan to finance a new (used) car I had to buy rather quickly and unexpectedly, after my Subaru died a somewhat untimely death. The thing is though, I'm not as upset about … Read More...

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Friday Awesomesauce/Link Love

This video has been getting around social media this past week, but if you haven't seen it I really wanted to share. Sometime it's really nice to see someone well deserving get a break in life. Hey, maybe someday that could be us! :) Anyway, just wanted to send you off with a feel-good video for your weekend.   What would you do if someone gave you $1000?  http://youtu.be/p2zUf06iy1A Link Love Lauren from L Bee & the Money Tree wrote a guest post at Careful Cents: Why I Said … Read More...

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How Bad Do You Want It?

This past weekend I was hanging out at one of the local CBVA (beach volleyball) tournaments, cheering on some friends. I had just played six fun games myself, and was feeling a bit dissatisfied with my mid section, as I could "feel it" as I was running around the court. I don't go much with numbers on the scale as much as I do with checking in on how I "feel." Then I had the added bonus of seeing some super toned people playing as I was eating my sandwich. It was at the moment that I declared … Read More...