I live in California, but last week I was in Arizona and we got caught in snow. Of course I had to play in it and make a snowman. Then I got a super flu. Was it worth it, just to play in snow? I thinkso. While I’ve been homebound, I’ve spent plenty of time resting and blog surfing. Here are some of my favourite posts from this week:
FruGal shared her thoughts on blogging with her series on Not-So-Personal Finances. This series really resonated with me. I’ve only recently started blogging about personal finance, and I’ve done so for many of the reasons FruGal outlines in her series.
Notes from the Frugal Trenches posted a series on simple living and reducing stress. This is what I’m all about at the moment, so I read her series with relish.
No Impact Man wrote about living the green life out loud. It inspires me to see the steps that some people take to make a point. I’m only just starting seriously upon my green journey, but I’m keen to make more changes which are visible and which will make people think.
One Green Generation let us know that we don’t have to do everything. Often it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of things we should be doing to improve our lives. I’m constantly challenged to try to live more simply while implementing my life changes. It doesn’t come naturally, but I guess that’s why I’m on this journey.
Jeff Rose wrote a guest post at Moolanomy on the five things you don’t want to hear from your financial planner. Having been on the phone regularly to my financial planner in the last few months, I knew exactly where he was coming from. Even though I’m only 31 I had envisaged semi-retirement in the not too distant future. My losses in the stock market have made me reassess my need to work in my current job for longer and live on less.
Frugal Zeitgeist wrote about conspicuous consumption no longer being cool. I’ve always been reasonably frugal with my money, but in recent years I was finding it easy to get caught up in outwards displays of wealth. Thankfully I’ve caught myself, and am moving back to my frugal ways.
I also came across this interesting bit of information recently. Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order, ordering preparations to cope with rising sea levels due to global warming. In San Francisco, sea levels apparently rose seven inches during the 20th century. Scary stuff huh? Imagine what’s going to happen to other low lying areas, particularly some of the beautiful islands dotted across the Pacific Ocean. I’m glad I don’t own waterfront property.
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