A Series of Efforts

Coming back here after significant time away compels me to begin again by reviewing my output up until the recent lapse. First, I fell into some familiar bad habits from when I first took over in early 2017. I relied

Upcoming Posts

Well, it happened, with my talented and wonderful friend Christina on board, I fell off updating this blog myself. I’ve missed many Poetry Ptuesdays and I’m backlogged on Spending Breakdown by TWO months! I haven’t completely finished my bench, and

Helpless to Help

Today I had an eye-opening but ultimately unproductive discussion with someone I care about dearly. This person refused my help. They specifically requested that I do not treat them any different and that I treat them like normal. They didn’t

(S)LOW BUY: April 2019 Spending Breakdown

I know every month I change things up, but I’m learning that curbing unnecessary spending involves fighting a moving target. When I started spending breakdown for January, I had a problem buying random stuff online I don’t need. It turns

(S)LOW BUY: March 2019 Spending Breakdown

Happy Tax Day! Last Month’s credit card statements are in, and, here we go:   First off, last month I said I needed to watch my Amazon spending, and I happily report I did just that! In March, I made

I’m Trying!: Coming Soon

When people want to know what I’m doing with this blog, I don’t have an answer other than “I hope something nice?”. I want to share things that are generous, good, kind, and positive. In short, I want to do

Thoughts for a Thursday – Dear Amanda

True to her seemingly tireless nature, and owing sadly to her mania, in addition to everything else she did, my sister Amanda was also a (self-)published author of several books. The Young Physician’s Guide to Money and Life stands apart

(S)LOW BUY: February 2019 Spending Breakdown

Last month’s bank statement is in, and I spent:   February 1 — $52.35, Saks.com — Remember in January when I bought a bunch of stuff on sale from NM? Two days later, I received an email stating that an

(S)LOW BUY: The Beauty (of) Routine!

I used to shop without discipline, and my most chaotic buying happened in the beauty and skin care departments. Chelsea from The Financial Diet frequently talks (and I keep talking about her! I know, I knowww) about evaluating how much

It Is Completely Okay to Speak Ill of the Dead

Hundreds of people reached out to me after Amanda’s frighteningly sudden suicide.   Elementary, middle and high school friends of hers from Taipei emailed me. Former teachers and professors from her high school in LA tracked me down. Her colleagues

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