In Praise of Compassion

I just read a wonderful, well-written post by one of my most favourite frugality bloggers, The Frugalwoods.  The post, titled “Striving for Compassion in a World of Judgement” talks about how easy it is to judge others — for everything, including spending (or not spending).  The post reminds us to remember that there is always…

What is the Measure of a Soul?

What is the measure of a soul? It’s not what you think you “look like” to others.  It’s not even how others actually see you, what they think of you.  It’s not how many votes you get if you’re running for president of the United States.  It’s not something that can be counted by the…

Beyond Bankruptcy: My Money Mission

My Money Mission In the past, I’ve made many, many mistakes when it comes to money, founded on my ignorance about how money worked and also because, if I’m really honest, I was abusing money — and myself — in order to keep from feeling vulnerable and in order to avoid having to expose my…

Money and Me: The New Game Plan

Post-bankruptcy, there’s a new game in town for money and me.   It’s no longer a game of catch-up; me catching up to money spent ahead of me actually having it, that is.  The new game is all about planning, saving for purchases and “frugality autopilot”. I knew nothing about being frugal prior to my…

Me and Money: Our History

I intended for this site to be about all matters money and so it’s time to talk turkey, er… money. Money and me have a very complicated history. There’s been a lot of me not having enough.  Or a lot of me believing I didn’t have enough and wanting more.  Always wanting more.  In truth,…

Goose Soul Cry

As you correctly noted, Canada geese (and swans) do mate for life. Mated pairs not only raise and protect their young together, but also look out for one another over the course of their lives. One mate will stay by the other’s side if injured or dying, even if the rest of the flock is…

I Have Everything

I have everything because I have this voice inside me.  I have everything because light is constantly touching me — not my face, the skin — but from the other side, from within.  I have everything because a cathedral was found between my third and fourth rib.  I have everything because I live there.  Even…

Hurry

A familiar hit of exhilaration.  And, “It looks great!  Buy it.  Just buy it.  Hurry.  Cover it up. It’s not that expensive.  You can afford it.  Hurry.  Buy it.” A voice somewhere inside me says those words as I contemplate a purchase.  The words, and the exhilaration, are drowning out another, less emotional, voice inside…

Hello and Welcome to my Blog

Hi and welcome to my blog. As of the day I am writing this, my bankruptcy has been officially discharged.  I have to tell you, it feels wonderful. My habits and thinking about money have changed considerably since I filed for bankruptcy.  In fact, I’m a better person since I filed for bankruptcy. I’m hoping…