My Back Story

  I didn't always used to be organized. For years, I suffered under the weight of food addiction. In that time, the only thing that mattered was that I put whatever I wanted ahead of what I needed. What I wanted was food. What I needed was discipline and clarity. I went for the food. …

A Life of Esteemable Acts

It used to be that I would do one of two things to make myself feel better--either I would overeat or I would spend money. I overate to the tune of being morbidly obese with a BMI of 41 and I overspent in the thousands. With the addiction to compulsive eating and debt to income …

Decluttering Sentimental STUFF

Last week, I attended a webinar by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism. The focus was on letting go of sentimental items. Easy peasy, I thought. I'd let go of most of that stuff years ago.  After my mother died in 2001, my sisters and I went through her belongings and trashed or donated all but …

“Good Dealing” Your Way Into Debt

A few months into our marriage my husband and I were looking for ways to save money. We began couponing. "Couponing" refers to combining coupons and sales to save maximum money. We took on this project with gusto--buying newspapers, asking family and friends for their weekly coupon inserts. We even bought a banquet-style folding table so …