Weekly Commitment: Tracking My Spending

Have you ever chosen to remain ignorant?  We all know that what we don’t know won’t hurt us, correct? There have been times when I haven’t tracked my spending daily because, frankly, I preferred ignorance. Although I know that one of the best ways encourage good financial decisions is to watch the money go where… Continue reading Weekly Commitment: Tracking My Spending

What I Mean By ‘Simple Finance’

Part 3 of my series to explain the main pieces of this blog. Part 1 ‘Simple Faith’ can be found here and Part 2 ‘Simple Family’ can be found here. I am not a financial guru. I am not independently wealthy. We do fine and are rich by the world’s standards, but not by North… Continue reading What I Mean By ‘Simple Finance’

Make It Easy on Yourself

Today, before you go to bed, lay out your exercise clothes for the morning. Or plan exactly what you will do on your diet. Or lay out your journal and a pen and your Bible or the book you’re currently making your way through. Or plan to take a simple 10 minute walk. Or do… Continue reading Make It Easy on Yourself

How to Become an Effective Person

First off, I don’t claim to have the secret to accomplishing this feat of “becoming effective.” I’m just trying to figure it out myself. Effectiveness isn’t a common goal. We want to be successful, happy, purposeful.  Effective sounds a little harsh. It sounds too utilitarian. But to me, it’s not about being an uber-disciplined hard body… Continue reading How to Become an Effective Person

How Do You Make Decisions?

It seems that choices fall into three categories: Choices that are healthy and helpful Choices that are harmful Choices that appear perfectly neutral How many times have you said, “I’ll just do this–won’t hurt”? Lent is approaching. And Lent always faces me with a question to fast or not. And if I fast, what will… Continue reading How Do You Make Decisions?