As the year comes to a close, I'm excited for all the changes that I expect 2016 to bring. I'm dubbing 2016 the year of experimentation.
One of my core beliefs about myself (and every other human) is that we are remarkably bad at knowing how changes in circumstances will make us feel. I also believe that I consistently overestimate what I can do in a year, but underestimate what I can do in a decade. It is with these beliefs in mind that I'm setting my resolutions for 2016.
These are the three reasons that I'm setting mainly financial(ish) resolutions in 2016.
1. I'm involved in a Twitter Chat (#CentSaiChat) on January 8th on the topic of #FinancialResolutions, so I better have something to say (would love for you to join if you're a twitter user).
2. Many of my resolutions would be irrelevant if I weren't planning to drop my income significantly after maternity leave.
3. Most of my goals are meant to promote a specific choice about lifestyle this year, but also beyond which means funding matters.
Today, I'm wrapping up my series on kids and career. The previous posts discussed that you need to make a choice between kids and career, what it looks like to choose kids over career, and conversely what it looks like to choose career over kids.
This last post is dedicated to conversations that you and your spouse should have as you attempt to create a more intentional lifestyle design. Instead of offering advice, I'm simply offering questions and conversation starters, so that you and your spouse can hash these things out.
Just so you know, I wouldn't recommend a summit style meeting where you talk about all these questions all at once. That would be exhausting, and your decision would feel too set in stone. Each time you make a decision, you'll learn something new about yourself and your spouse. The new information may guide you to new conversations and new decisions. Your decisions can be an iterative process (though each time you change something drastically, commit to a few months to adjust before you change your mind again).
Merry Christmas everyone! This week, I have been on vacation with my family (entire family, siblings, significant others, nephews, and all). And I have enjoyed a break from my work, from blogging, and from the hectic pace of life.
It has been a wonderful vacation, and I have especially enjoyed reading passages from Genesis with my family. It's not often that we think to take the story of Christ's birth back all the way to the creation of humanity, but in fact that is where it truly begins, and it is in the creation story that we learn that the cure for all our anxieties isn't more work, but more adoration of God.
I hope that this Christmas that you can enjoy a rest from the wearisome burdens of your life, and that you can experience the peace of God which transcends all understanding.
Today’s post is the penultimate in a series on making a really hard choice between career and kids. To date, I’ve said that you have to pick that the thrust of your energy must go either towards your kids or towards your career, and I’ve explored some of the emotional and relationship dimensions that often accompany a woman who chooses her kids over her career.
Today, I’ll explore some of those same dimensions that accompany a woman who chooses to direct her energy and focus towards her career instead of her kids.
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.