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Because let’s face it —there can be a difference between one’s favourite, and one’s best performing stories.
So you want a simple life but you’re not too keen on living in a white-walled apartment with nothing but a few books to your name.
You’re more pragmatic than that so you need a practical version of minimalism.
I get this. Back in the day, I was a bit of a hoarder with shiz piled up around my home EVERYWHERE. Minimalism sounded awesome (and very much needed), but I had to find a realistic way of implementing it.
These are the exact steps I took to implement a super practical, non-weird version of minimalism. …
This blew my mind.
There is a study that suggests that financial education will only change someone’s behavior to how they approach money 0.1% of the time. The figure is even worse for people from low-income backgrounds.
In other words, however important financial education is, if you want to actually save money, pay down your debt or reach any other financial goal, science says you need to change your behavior, not your knowledge.
She recently spilled her knowledge on Paula Pant’s Afford Anything podcast about how…
It started with a comment from my mother-in-law. You love to embroider, you might as well make some money from it.
I have no idea if granny hobbies like embroidery, knitting, and crochet are still all the rage with the kids these days, but in 2010 it was as hipster as you could get.
So I started my little business, born from my hobby, hoping it would have enough legs to become a real business and buy my freedom from corporate life.
It wasn’t. And along the way, I made every single mistake in the book.
Aw man, this is…
“Erm, I think — I think — one of my stories is going viral.”
The ticker wouldn't stop moving upwards. Every time I refreshed the stats page, another 200 views.
My husband, fellow writer and at this point, green-eyed monster, looks over my shoulder at the stats page and says “you know why this is happening, don’t you? It’s because of what we did in the coffee shop the other day.”
What we did in the coffee shop was to honestly and sometimes rather savagely take down each other’s work.
Both of us are writers so we each took a…
He’d been drinking so it probably wasn’t the best time to have a ‘where is your life going’ conversation. But parents are like that, they always choose inopportune moments for an inappropriate question sesh.
“I mean, you can’t travel forever. You’re going to settle down again at some point, aren’t you?”
Ah, settling down. That thing we’re all supposed to do regardless of our situation, current marital status, and whether it suits our personality or not. A guillotine comes down. Life before settling down can be whatever we like. Life after doesn’t change. …
The day I decided enough was enough, was when 3 guests at my cousin’s wedding asked me when my baby was due.
Although I loved embarrassing them by pointing out that I was not pregnant, (please, never ask a woman if you’re not 100% sure), it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I felt sluggish and tired all the time, I didn’t like the way I looked and I was beginning to struggle with 10-hour shifts on my feet at my wine store and bar shifts.
But for a wine slugging, cheese scoffing, restaurant-loving so-and-so like me, I…
When it comes to saving money, the holy trinity has always been housing, transportation, and food.
We, as personal finance writers, all bang on about housing and transportation, but all I see anyone say about food is to get your ass to a discount supermarket and don’t eat out so much.
But what if you’re not interested in what they sell you at your local discount supermarket because you care about quality and health, neither of which can be found in a $2 TV dinner. …
“This is my father. He’s 82, and this is his 60th year of working these vines.”
My friend Javier and I are out in his vineyards when he introduces me to his dad, crouched down underneath a grapevine, busy with post-harvest pruning. He stands up to say, “hola, que tal (hey, how are ya)” and shakes my hand.
I’ve worked two harvests myself, and I know how tough work in the vineyards is. It’s backbreaking; it’s hot, it always seems to start at 6 am. …
“No successful company in the world runs without a risk assessment. We have 30 years’ worth of experience on this, let us help you.”
They say to never work with family, but hey, my parents-in-law were offering free advice, and my husband and I were wet-behind-the-ears entrepreneurs in the throes of our first trading year.
What’s the worst that could happen?
We sat down one Sunday afternoon and penned a risk assessment for our small town wine store on scrap paper. The whole thing looked like a spider had shat across the page, arrows and connecting lines everywhere with every…