On budgeting

I’ve been digging the straight-talk style of Dave Ramsey in The Total Money Makeover, so far. One of the things I’ve been bad at is managing a consistent budget. I’ve been great at staying out of debt, and not bad at saving, but any surplus of earnings just ends up lumped in my checking account …

The Jungle Book (Film Notes)

Lauren and I watched The Jungle Book last night. (The recent live-action film by Disney.) I thought it was awesome! This film was an interesting take on the animated version from 1967, complete with a few of the original songs. Neel Sethi, the young actor who played Mowgli, put out a great performance, equally funny …

Money rules

I plan to start blogging a bit about personal finance, but nothing too heavy, and likely not too transparent (I don’t plan to spill my salary and savings, or anything.) As I mentioned yesterday, I’m mapping my efforts by quarter to align with three words. The three words for this quarter are define, eliminate, and fortify. Defining systems Let’s start …

Quarterly theming

I think the art of theming is a mystical life hack that very few people take advantage of. A few years back, my aunts and a few family members were choosing their “one word” for the year. I thought this was an interesting concept. The idea was that reflecting on the single word would provide …

Waking up

I woke up at 3 AM this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep. After a few minutes, I did the worst thing one can do when struggling to get rest… I pulled out my cell phone. Checking Feedly, I stumbled upon this article on Brain Pickings. It’s a musing on Marcus Aurelius’ thoughts on waking …

Another new start

Excited to launch the 4th or 5th reincarnation of this blog. Fairly certain its origin dates back to 2009, when I began blogging on WordPress.com. I can’t remember much of what I wrote about, but people seemed to have enjoyed it. That fizzled after a year or so. I then decided to build more of a …