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Kakeibo: The Art of Financial Mindfulness

By Gina Messina, Ph.D. About a year ago, a friend introduced me to Kakeibo, the Japanese art of budgeting and applying mindfulness to our spending, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. You see, I am a major contributor to our consumeristic culture. I see something shiny and I think I have to have it. A friend jokes that she hates going shopping with me because I have to pick up and touch everything on the shelves (although I’ve eliminated that practice due to COVID!).  Like so many of us, I am easily persuaded by marketing tactics. Now that we so rarely spend cash, it feels like I can simply swipe a card, click a button, or use my fingerprint and suddenly I have a new…

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Align Your Life With Your Purpose

Aligning your life with your purpose leads to fulfillment at work and home because you are able to recognize the ways your actions connect to what you value. What’s Your Purpose? Having specific goals that guide the way you life can feel a bit daunting, especially if you don’t know what your purpose is. To help you have a better understanding of your values and how you define your purpose, begin by asking yourself a few questions. What topics or issues do you care about and why?What do you like to spend your free time doing?What have you had success with and where do you recognize your strengths?What do you want your footprint in this world to be? Once you begin to uncover your values…

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When is it Okay to Use Your Credit Card?

by Carol Strazinsky When is it okay to use your credit card? This is an important question to be asking ourselves. It can be tempting to purchase that designer handbag you’ve been fawning over, or even to pay for groceries when finances are a bit tight. However, when you are getting ready to swipe that card, take a step back and think about why you are making the purchase and whether it will benefit you and your financial wellness. So when does using your credit card makes sense and what pitfalls should you avoid? You’re strategically leveraging rewards. It’s perfectly possible to reap the benefits of cash back rewards without going into debt to earn them. How? Try using your credit card just for everyday purchases…

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Flourish

Flourish (verb) – grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.  This is what I aspire after. A woman growing, developing, as a result of the environment I live in, the people I am around, the choices that I make and the people that I impact. Every fiber of my being wants to flourish. I see it as the unique way that God has created me (and us). To be made in the image of the creator of the universe who out of nothing created this beautiful and amazing world we live in and is actively engaging me to have an intimate relationship where I know Him more and more. In this time of intimacy,…

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