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31 days of Living Well and Spending Zero #LWSZ

Earlier this month, I decided that September was going to be the month that I finally tried Ruth Soukup’s LWSZ program. Since I won’t be getting a paycheck, it seemed like a logical step to me. It’s an opportunity to show my family that we are going to be alright financially, and see what we can save with a month like this every once in awhile. I’ve signed the commitment form: And my husband and I have talked through the…

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Hypothyroidism Diagnosis

Because I am leaving my job at the end of this month (only two days away, aaah!), I decided to get my yearly doctor visit in while I still had my current insurance. They called me with my blood test results and told me that my thyroid levels were usually on the low side of normal, but this time they were especially low (.05), and it’s supposed to be between ~.4 and .5… They wanted to re-test it so I…

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How to prevent pet water bowl spills

My cats are experts at spilling water from their water bowls. Even after I got a fancy supposed no-spill bowl setup thingy. So this is what I did that finally seems to prevent puddles on our floor: I placed one of those cheap (read: ugly) grippy bottom pet bowl mats on the floor and then covered it with a less offensive looking bathroom mat. Then I placed the no-spill bowls on top. Voila! Even if some water still spills, the…

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Road Less Traveled

In making the decision to quit a full-time job, I thought of the famous poem by Robert Frost about two roads diverging in a wood. This is definitely a crossroads in my life, and I want to make the most of it. I want to make a difference and I want this decision to make all the difference. The Road Not Taken BY ROBERT FROST Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And…

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Weeding is free therapy

Why Weeding Your Garden is Free Therapy

Ahh, yes, there is something very therapeutic about weeding in the garden. It’s like free therapy. Why is that? As I was crawling around looking for dandelions to pull up today, I started comparing this simple stress-relieving chore to my decision to leave my job. In all honesty, my job was taking a toll on my health. I really had to do something so I could have a chance to grow and flourish, and not let the weeds take over…

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How to fix leaky coasters

How to fix your leaky coasters and prevent water rings

If you’re like me, you remember to use the coasters strategically placed in the most useful places around the house. But sometimes the iced drinks are left out so long that even the coasters can’t handle the condensation that is running over the sides. So how do you prevent that and save your tables from the inevitable water ring? Here’s a little trick that I use for preventing that- with just one thing you probably already have at home right…

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Why I Quit My Job with No Backup Plan

Why I am quitting my job with no backup plan

Have I lost my marbles? This month, I am doing something that a lot of people would find crazy. I’m quitting my job with its financial comforts, and I have no plan B. I don’t know what I’m going to do next. And I’m so excited about it!!! I joked with my husband that I was going crazy and should start a blog called “Joni Loses It.” I mean, how often do people just quit their jobs without another one…

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