This week, between working my regular full-time job and looking, endlessly, at potential real estate investment opportunities, I had little time to reflect. But, we did find time to duck away for an overnight trip up the coast for two days of nonstop kayaking, fishing, and (at least theoretically) looking for scallops for the upcoming […]Continue reading
10 Steps to Sailing Off into the Sunset
You’re not believing the trap of the “I could never…” crowd, are you? The ones whose INSTANT reaction to anything other than working-in-a-cubicle-until-you-retire-at-65 is a gasp, followed by a (barely masked) eye roll? The ones who would never even think of actually sailing off into the sunset? These days, it seems the communal reaction to […]Continue reading
Should I take the Leap? Should I Travel? Should I…Whatever?
Last night, my 67-year-old mother called me to ask if she should move to Hawaii for a few months before a planned move to Florida from California.I was actually rather shocked – this is, after all, the woman from whom I’ve learned my lifelong belief in saying YES to travel in any form, whenever the […]Continue reading
What Are You Willing to Give Up To Reach Your Goals?
Most articles about saving money talk about cutting out cable, or reducing your cell phone bill, or calling your insurance company to get a better rate. But are those things really enough to make a significant difference? Today, I want to talk about some things that most of us don’t even question, but that are […]Continue reading
A Scuba Instructor’s #1 Trick for Clearing Your Ears When Scuba Diving
When I tell people I’m a scuba instructor, they usually start giving me the top reason they can’t scuba dive, even though they want to. Reason #1 is typically sharks…think Jaws, Shark Week, dunh-dunh-dunh. My usual response is that I love sharks, and I’ve been scuba diving all over the world with some of the biggest […]Continue reading
Adventure, Courage & Cuss Words: Why Your Kids Need to See Your Not-Mommy Side
Apparently, by the time we reach “Mom age,” our tastes are supposed to have changed. We’re supposed to like meeting our other mom friends for coffee after the kids get off to school, dressing our children up in matchy-matchy outfits, and shopping for garden art. Yeah….I’m NOT that kind of Mom.What I am is a […]Continue reading
What Do You Really Want More Of?
J. Money over at BudgetsareSexy recently did a poll of his Twitter followers, asking what they wanted more of: Now, given these choices, I would have picked money. After all, the man writes a money blog…so no surprises there. But mostly I thought that the things I really wanted more of weren’t on the list. Possibly […]Continue reading
Shut Up & Go: Now is the Time To Follow Your Dreams
We have all heard the “just do it” slogan repeated more times than I can count. I didn’t bother to count how many times it appears in this video…but it’s a LOT. And while Shia LaBeouf screaming “Just do it!” at you probably isn’t a big motivator (or maybe it is!), I find more […]Continue reading
Putting More “You” in Your Day (Or, That Time I Wanted to Quit Absolutely Everything)
What percentage of your weekly activities are obligatory as opposed to desired? I think I need a giant blinking light over my bathroom mirror that reads “Do you really WANT to do this?” in bright pink lettering. Maybe then I’d remember not to overload our calendars so much that I end up wanting to quit absolutely […]Continue reading
The Decluttering Mindset: Use, Return or Donate
I’ve discovered that my inner peace, and the extent to which I feel centered, is incredibly affected by how cluttered and disorganized my home is. Basically, if I need to rest but am surrounded by chaos, I can’t really relax until I’ve dealt with the clutter. I think this is probably true for a large […]Continue reading