In high school, I fantasized about being a big-city businesswoman who made trailblazing decisions during the day, gourmet meals at her beautiful country-suburban home at night and furniture in her backyard studio on the weekends. My creativity was highly-valued and…Read More
After letting go of my old life, I went to Dallas to plan and prepare my new one.
The third stage of change, which Martha Beck called the Hero’s Saga, began in November of 2016, when I decided that one of the two wooded plots with a stream in Kingston would be the site for my home.Read More
The first year out of college was the worst year of my life. I hated my job, only made the minimum wage, moved 5 times, broke up with my boyfriend of three-and-a-half years, and lived in constant fear of the D.C. sniper, who killed three people in my neighborhood. It took a full year to recover…Read More
While states have made improvements, cities are making some of the most revolutionary wage changes. To date, at least“41 localities have adopted minimum wages above their state minimum wage.” Seattle-Tacoma, Nassau County, NY and Flagstaff, AZ have set their minimum wages $2.25 above, $0.75 above and $0.75 below the living wage…Read More
I was 33 when I stopped remembering the price of every item I bought.
My college roommate went to a top-tier graduate school, married a man from means, and consistently made twice my salary. She was about the same age when she felt financially secureRead More
The three largest expenses for most Americans are housing, transportation and food.
In addition to detailing how average and median households spend in these three areas, the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure report (CE) groups US household into groups by income deciles (10 equal intervals, from lowest…Read More
Hard work pays and a good steward saves.
At least that’s what I learned getting allowance as a child. At a time when my parents fulfilled my three lowest needs, it was easy to see how financial success and woe resulted from individual virtue. As an adult, I’d see more…Read More
I live in a camper.
I call her ’99, after the year she was born, which was just on the cusp of something new.
’99 is Lance 1120, 19.5 feet long and 7.75 feet wide. She’s still got her original paint job, white with a few tan and brown…Read More