Just A Phase

With my maternity leave coming to an end, it probably comes as no surprise that I’ve been feeling sad and anxious about returning to work.  My last day at the office was back in March. The transition will certainly be difficult, especially because Mr. Smith is going to be at …

Financial Confessions: Nobody’s Perfect

I suspect that we all suffer from a bit of impostor syndrome from time to time.  As someone who blogs about frugality and battling debt, there’s no escaping the realization that we don’t always practice what we preach.  Our family certainly has made significant changes in our lifestyle over the …

Money Hack: How To Pay Off Debt By Taking A Vacation

You’ve no doubt already heard the advice to give up lattes and cable in order to pay off debt. What about after you’ve tried all of the basic approaches and still find yourself unable to gain any momentum with your finances?  We’ve been there. It’s like you can never bail …

How To Finance A Career Break

Career breaks are never easy. Yet, they can be the best thing you ever do. My time off from work (due to being very pregnant with twins) has given me quite a few opportunities, including the ability to gain some perspective and have time to think about the future. If …

A Tiny Glimpse Of Early Retirement

It has been a very strange week.  I have not reported to the office, but I’m not on vacation or at home recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn.  My doctor took me out of work due to the risks involved with twin pregnancy.  The crazy thing is that, …

Should You Go Back To School For A Career Change?

The last few weeks of work have been really rough, even worse because I’ve now entered the third trimester of this twin pregnancy.  Before we decided to pursue early semi-retirement, I would usually start thinking about changing jobs or careers whenever work really stressed me out.  I enjoyed college, but …