Poverty Stories: Growing Up Poor Made Me Rich But Not Happy

SOMETIMES WE KEEP LOCKED UP THINGS THAT HURT US THE MOST.   Fan Submission to Poverty Stories My parents married when they were 17 years old back in the early 70’s and lived in a town just outside of Toronto. Shortly after I was born into what was a loving family environment that did what normal families do. This was the happiest and scariest moments for my parents because financially they were just getting started. Luckily both of their parents lived in the same city and they were able to get help from them with babysitting and anything else they needed. Both my parents are the youngest of many siblings who watched their brothers and sisters grow up to become successful in their careers.   Walk down the aisle   Back in the early 60’s and 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to get married before the age of 20 years old so naturally having a baby was the next step. My mother was an accomplished musician among her peers and my father followed his passion as a plumber in the trades. By the time they were in their mid-twenties they were both working steady jobs and life was getting busy. My […]

Why The Financial Super Can’t Solve Your Debt Problems : February Net Worth Update (+1.34%)

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE AND GET ON WITH LIVING.   If you have outstanding debt then you have debt problems however not all debt puts a consumer in crisis mode. If all you can afford is the minimum payment on your bills ask yourself if this is the life you want? If you answered yes then be on your way and do as you please. Just don’t be surprised if you get to point B (Bankruptcy) when everyone else is celebrating their debt problems with debt wins. You are the only person that can solve your debt problems but along the way you may just run into someone who is willing to lend a helping hand or even an ear for listening. I like to think of myself as The Financial Super to many of my readers. This person could also be family, friends, a boss, co-worker, stranger on a bench or even a crazy Brit personal finance blogger like me.   Don’t feel sorry feel strength   If you answered No, then great you’re the person I want to talk to today. No one likes to have debt problems that have spiraled out of control […]

PF Weekly Reading Line-Up # 23 Grab A Brew: Listening, Learning, Building And Sharing Equals Growth

Listening, learning, building and sharing equals growth that is what the old happy guy up the road told me this morning when I bumped into him at the post box. I always stop to chat to him because I enjoy listening and learning from him then sharing with all of you. Now that he is living the  retirement dream life debt free and healthy as a horse you can tell how much he misses having people around him. Below is essentially paraphrasing what I learned from the old happy guy today. The talk made me think about my life and how I approach parts of it at home, at work and right here on the blog. He made me feel as if I am on the right path with areas to improve in because I know that I am generally a happy guy who likes to put others first while taking care of my own needs.  I also know that I am not perfect and in order to grow I must be willing to change and I may fall down the ladder. The key is to pick right back up, learn from our mistakes and carry on. In conversation I asked […]

Finances through the Sick Mind

  If there ever was a Western phenomena, eating disorders would top the list.  In what other culture would stick figures be celebrated as beautiful?  In what other culture would there be communities (never mind that they’re mostly online) of individuals encouraging each other in their pride of being Ana (anorexic) or Mia (bulimia)  Yet it’s a very real disease that plagues our society, claiming around 10-15% of Canadian women.  (And those are just the women, and only the ones who are diagnosed or openly sick.  We will use female terms throughout although this disease does also afflict men.) These eating disorders are most commonly routed in a lack of self-esteem.  Something is wrong with the way society perceives your body, so you change it in an unnatural way.  But you see results.  People start liking you.  They start giving  you compliments.  The numbers on the scale drop.  You gain a certain sense of pride in your self-discipline.  What you don’t recognize is that a mental illness is overtaking your body, and that no matter what the number on the scale, no matter how much the bones pop through your skin in the mirror, you will never achieve happiness. Your […]

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