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Nov 26

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Note: This post in NOT intended to brag or boast.

Oct 15

What Do You Care About?

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Today is Blog Action Day.

The theme this year is the Power of WE.

In light of that I thought I would list some of the causes, charities and concerns that we have contributed money to. Not to give ourselves a pat on the back, but to affirm our belief in the value of giving and sharing; the power of WE.

Thus far this year we have given to many individuals and families, we believe in supporting local people — our “neighbors” — as well as:

Jan 2

Christmas Recap

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Financial, How To, Relational, Values

This Christmas week was very different. For the first time since we got married we did not travel.  We had a great time the 23rd — our Christmas — but the 24th & 25th felt a little empty and lonely.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a peaceful and blessed Christmas week, it was just different than in the past.

Perilous Presents

If our family and friends depended on me knowing their interests and needs they would never get anything.  Whether I’m being frugal or I’m ignorant, I simply don’t know what people like.

Nov 26

Black Friday or Blessing Friday?

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 in Financial, How To

Thanksgiving weekend is a time when millions spend lots of time and money shopping.
Best Buy & Kohl’s, Target & Home Depot, the stores and malls will be filled.
I must admit I’m a little jealous.

Instead of spending money we gave money
We avoided the Black Friday shopping spree.
Instead we expressed our “thanks” by giving away our undesignated charity fund.

Less stress. More peace.
Less crowds. More fun.
Less stuff. More freedom.

Last year I wrote in a post entitled “Got Money Stress?” that budgeting discipline learned through Dave Ramsey principles had improved our financial situation despite the economy.