Let’s not talk about goals …

I am very quickly boring myself with my talk of goals, deadlines, new challenges. M is patient and kind about listening as I chatter along every waking moment (when not engaged in actually working towards said goal, deadlines, new challenges). But suffice to say I am very excited about this point in my life. Still,…

2015 Financial Goals

I have been working on our 2015 budget and financial goals the last several days. Things are changing in my professional employment life, and I anticipate the 20% cut in hours and pay at my full-time job will continue into at least third quarter 2015. Thus far it's actually been okay; I have had more time to devote…

Aging – dinosaurs, televisions, dress codes

Whenever I have one of those reality bites moments about getting older, 2 defining moments come to mind: C, at age 7 and showing me a book she had gotten from the school library on the plesiosaurus, asking me if I had ever seen one in person. While I comfort myself that my daughter had not real…

Mom thoughts

My daughter is troubled by work stresses and her career choices to date. Like so many, she feels trapped in a job/career that no longer suits her and has been unsuccessful thus far into breaking out and into something else. Her latest effort resulted in an interview and a "thanks, but we extended an offer…

Appearances and age discrimination

My full-time job has its financial/cash flow struggles, always. As the keeper of the books and watcher of all things financial, I see a steady downward trend that is not sustainable forever. This has been progressively worse the last several years, and each year I think this may be it, when I am finally going…