Building a Family Motto – The Hard Way

Anna and I recently sat down with the kids to develop a family motto and mission statement. We wanted to build something that would help guide us through our transition out of military life and help us reintegrate with the civilian world. We have came up with some good stuff and wrote it down but

Food for Thought – Will and Grit

At a glance will power and grit appear to be remarkably similar.  They both require mental, emotional, and physical energy.  They also empower and enable us to drive our decisions and behaviors.  Because they require energy to use they are a finite resource that has to be recharged, but can also be increased and grown

Food for Thought – Activation Energy

Recently Anna has been pushing herself super hard to help us meet some financial goals.  Long hours at home, long hours at work... and long hours putting up with me of course.  She pushes herself back and forth between kid activities, volunteering, working, managing a house, a relationship and finances... just watching her is exhausting. 

Scholar Skill – Playing Games with Your Money

I hate money.  I hate that I need Money.  I hate that I have to work for it… I hate managing it. On the other hand, I love games.  Not just any games though… the real “grindy”  treadmill games, that take days and months to progress through.  If only my budget was a game like

Daily Journey – December 21st – Stake Your Own Claim

A life well lived is sure to be full of wisdom built from successes and failures. These bright points of enlightenment are yours to share and it will be a dark world if we don’t take the time to share what we have learned with each other. ******* Daily Journey is a collection of my