I've quit a lot of things in my life. Grad school. Competitive swimming. Embroidery. Babysitting. Telemarketing. Several book clubs. This blog post, three times. I was pretty good at all that stuff, but I was never really the best. We start learning to distinguish between the skilled and the unskilled very early in life. In… Continue reading The Fickle Perfectionist
The last eight months have been a wild ride with work and life and blah blah blah. You know how it goes. You sit down to write, and then you get distracted. By a phone call. By pasta boiling over on the stove. By the rug you haven't vacuumed in two weeks. Here's what's been… Continue reading Ch-ch-ch Changes: 5 Quick Takes
This piece is about pizza, but it also isn't. Imagine you're about to take a bite of some pizza. The crisp crust is hot to the touch. Steam evaporates off the surface while oil bubbles in the little bowls of pepperoni scattered around the pie. You stop just as you bring the slice to your… Continue reading The Pizza Strategy: On Harm Reduction
I'm so grateful to have an inspiring, loving, and generous community of friends out here in California. Though my family is all still back in the midwest, I've been able to grow my own constellation of chosen family over the seven years I've lived on the best coast. My amazing friends treated me to an… Continue reading Monday Monday: NSN Day 6
So far so good. My No-Spend November started in the middle of a big work trip, so I was pretty concerned that I might mess up this whole thing right at the beginning. But I was careful and I planned, so I was able to keep from spending much at all during those days. In… Continue reading NSN: Day 3 Recap
Like many others in the frugalsphere, I'm embarking on a No-Spend November. There will come a moment in every person's struggle for financial independence when the whole project seems insurmountable. We may ask ourselves what the point of financial independence is in a world where rampant inflation and income inequality destroy the dignity and survival… Continue reading Welcome to No-Spend November
California has fake fall. The last few weekends we've been fighting triple digit temperatures, which has left me less than motivated to get things finished around my place. BUT! Things finally cooled down, and I set to work on two major items: First things first: Pantry Inventory. I'm challenging myself to a No Spend November--… Continue reading Projects! Projects! Projects!