Solitary Reveries

Grey goose summers float on filmy cobwebs...

It’s OK to Take a Vacation From Parenting

Parenting is by far the most demanding and undervalued job on the planet. Moms and dads act as personal chefs, housekeepers, chauffeurs, psychologists, nurses, crisis negotiators, tutors, and more. A recent Salary.com survey found that the average stay-at-home-mom's annual base salary would be $48,509 for the normal 40 hour work week, plus an additional $94,593 in overtime, …

The Dark Side of Personal Branding

I stumbled upon a post the other day called On Anonymous Blogging, in which the author reminisces about what blogging was like prior to the days of personal branding. We're going back to the dark ages here -- a time when MySpace was bigger than Facebook, LiveJournal was still popular, and dial-up internet access forced you …

Debt Detox, Take 2

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I completed a 3-month debt detox and paid off almost $10,000 of debt. Fast forward to less than a year later and today I have piled all of that debt back on, plus some. I've spent months blaming it on all the things that life has thrown at me, but the reality is that I made a conscious choice to spend each dollar in a way that wasn't constructive...

How Minimalism Became my Most Expensive Lifestyle Choice to Date

The general public seems to define a minimalist as someone who owns very little. But most minimalists define minimalism the way The Minimalists do: a tool that can help you focus on living a worthwhile life by eliminating superfluous items in favor of what’s necessary, beautiful, and meaningful. Some may also abide by Marie Kondo's …