The Unbelievable Benefits of a Grateful Heart

The Unbelievable Benefits of a Grateful Heart

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The idea of gratitude as a lifestyle

I only know vaguely what it was that first planted the idea of gratitude as a lifestyle (and not a fleeting action or feeling) in my head.

I had an accident when I was 21 and living with my parents. I had a just-slightly-more-than-minimum-wage job that bored me to no end. On my way to work one morning, in dense fog, my beautiful car was mushed into oblivion when a loaded oil tanker plowed into my driver’s side door at 90 kms/hr.

I woke up a few minutes later, with my mouth full of glass, pretty confused but defenitly alive. I walked away from the accident with nothing more than a concussion and some cuts (and, it turns out, a wrist that’s never been quite the same).

You’d think that the gratitude was a result of being not dead or even badly hurt, but you’d be wrong (I was young…).  (more…)

Live Your Life on Purpose!

Live Your Life on Purpose!

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What does it mean to live on purpose?

(WELL. If you were to google this, and then read every article you could find on “living with intention”, or “living on purpose” you might come away with 107 slightly different definitions and ways to do it – because, of course, we all want other people to see the world the way we see it. So we talk from our point of view and forget that we’re all a little different.)

I believe that living on purpose is creating a life and attitude that you will look back on and be happy with. It’s knowing who you are and what is important to you and then making the effort to live in tune with those things. It’s being brave enough to walk away from things that are easy, and put the effort into thing that are better.  (more…)

What Does “Enough Money” Look Like?

What Does “Enough Money” Look Like?

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Last night we met with our investor guy, to go over our investments and talk about buying life insurance (it’s time to get serious about that – there’ll be a baby here in December and we can’t put it off any more).

We chatted for more than hour about what sort of risk we could afford to take with our investments and how much insurance we could afford to buy. We talked about how much money we should be putting away at our age. (more…)

The Stupidest Thing I Saw on Pinterest Today

The Stupidest Thing I Saw on Pinterest Today

More of a thought provoking post than an action provoking post

I love Pinterest. I love pinning and clicking and reading. I also love the perspective it gives me, like a window to the rest of the world. You can see what “all the other people” out there are pinning and clicking and reading.

I love that so many of us seem to be interested in fixing our finances, and that healthy living or uplifting pins are saved thousands of times. I love that truly inspirational quotes or quotes that share the love of Jesus are a dime a dozen, and all you have to do is search “quotes” to get some of that uplifting-ness right on your Pinterest board.

But there is also a sad side of Pinterest. Today, this came into my feed. (more…)