How to Manage A Successful Home Remodel: I purchased my first home in 2003. It was a decent sized townhouse in a great area of Phoenix. When I purchased the home, my plan was to live in it for a few years and then turn it into a rental and purchase a larger home. I hate moving and didn’t want the hassle of dealing with renters, so I never actually got around to purchasing a second home. When I married Aaron in 2010 he was in the process of building a home, so I moved in with him and we started renting my home. We wanted to sell, but the ... Read More about How to Manage A Successful Home Remodel
3 Steps to Balancing Work and Personal Life I recently read an article in Forbes by Kathryn Dill entitled “How to leave work at 5:00 PM and still get everything done.” It was the typical article about time management, prioritizing lists and all that fun stuff. Nothing really thought-provoking until the last section of the article when I read: “The best thing you can do for your life at the office is to build a dynamic life outside of it. Whatever your work/life preferences, it’s a point on which almost everyone is in agreement: The people ... Read More about 3 Tip For Balancing Your Work and Personal Life
How To Help the Parents of an Autistic Child: Today is national Autism awareness day. My family has been blessed with incredibly good health and I’ve never had to deal with a long-term illness or medical issue. I thank the Lord every day for this blessing in my life. I’ve got friends who aren’t so lucky. I’ve got friends who have kids with cancer, autism, seizures, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. I see the struggles they go through on a day-to-day basis and admire their strength and fortitude so much. I recently spoke with a ... Read More about How To Help the Parents of an Autistic Child
I love Sunday mornings. They are my time to catch up with myself and actually spend a few minutes relaxing and reflecting on my life and goals. This Sunday Morning was not one of those relaxing mornings. I came to a realization weeks ago that most of the stress in my life is self-caused. It is not a welcome realization. This morning was a prime example. I had a church meeting at my home at 9:00 AM and was lending out some of our computers for some training at 8:45 and had to get everything ready before the meeting. Rather than ... Read More about How to Avoid Procrastination
Last weekend Aaron and I were lucky enough to visit the Grand Canyon for a trip to Phantom Ranch. Phantom ranch is a miniature oasis located on the north side of the Colorado River near the confluence of Bright Angel Creek and Phantom Creek. The Grand Canyon lodge includes a mix of camping, dorms and private cabins for overnight use. The lodging is in such high demand that it is typically booked 13 months in advance. We decided to go rather last minute, so I spend two days calling the Grand Canyon Lodge hoping for a last minute ... Read More about Hiking to Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon
What is Your Retirement IQ? Retirement is around the corner, Aaron turned 40 years old a few weeks ago and I’m not that far behind him. Now that we are officially old, retirement is becoming a real concept. I want retirement to be a welcome idea, not a scary concept. Over the last few years, we’ve concentrated on paying off all of our consumer debt. As a result, I’ve mostly ignored my retirement funding. Now that we finally have the debt gone it is time to refocus on retirement. In order to adequately fund your retirement, you need ... Read More about What is Your Retirement IQ?
http://youtu.be/jZacX5xuQs0 There is nothing like a bowling ball cannon to ring in the holidays. Merry Christmas! ... Read More about Bowling Ball Cannon