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Everyday Advocate:  Serve One Day

Everyday Advocate: Serve One Day

One thing I’ve learned by working in affluent communities is that just because there is wealth does not men there isn’t also need.  That need, more often than not, though, is hidden.  Hidden by manicured lawns and nails and designer everything from dogs to jeans to births. And so you have to go looking for … Continue reading

The Badge

The Badge

My church is currently doing a series on Craig Groschel’s Weird:  Because Normal Isn’t Working.  I have the privilege of working on our curriculum for grades 1-6, so I’m writing material for the kids to study alongside the adults.  The concepts–time, money, values–apply to all of us, really.  (If you know the book, we’re subbing in the topic of … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Greater Than

No Spend Month — Greater Than

$1043.74 is greater than $93.  That’s our total for non-essential spending from July 2-July 31. In several ways, this whole month was about what is greater than. Relationships are greater than rules. This month was an experiment in self-imposed rules, that we readily broke with people we cared about and don’t get to see much. … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Week 3

No Spend Month — Week 3

Intro to No Spend Month & Week 1 recap Bum ba da bum ba da bum bum bum bum!!!! Week 3, zero spending. After week 2 went so smoothly, I was caught off guard a bit by this week’s challenges. On Wednesday, I really, really, really wanted a Diet Coke.  I had 60 cents in my office … Continue reading

Guest Post from My Momma

Guest Post from My Momma

Yesterday, Team World Vision posted an edited version of my mom’s story from the 13.1 L.A. in January. Her full story is even better–she’s a very gifted writer. My mind has been a bit of a jumble this week because on Sunday, this baby will be as old as Kate and Lucy were.  Lovely, kind … Continue reading

No Spend Month — Week 2

The number. Last week, I figured out the number.  I cannot control what you think of the number.  Perhaps I can just leave that number out of this month.  Call it ‘a lot.’ $817.57 From May 29-June 27, subtracting gas, groceries, and gifts, I spent $817.57. My first thought was how?  But I looked at the list … Continue reading

Are Oreos a Grocery?

Are Oreos a Grocery?

Another story from week 1 of No Spend Month.  On July 3, I cooked dinner–Gallo Pinto, to be exact. I cook about as often as I mop my floors. On July 4, my husband, who actually cooks, was sick.  I was on for dinner.  Again.  Second night in a row. That’s way above my skill … Continue reading

No Spend Month: Week 1

We’re 7 days into No Spend July, and so far, it’s been the type of experiment that I am mentally conscious of all the time.  I’m noticing how mindlessly I spend a little here, a little there.  Choosing not to do that makes me hyper aware of what I would have bought. I kept a … Continue reading

No Spend Month

This post is going to make my husband very happy. Let me start with the conclusion, then take you back to the beginning. I am doing ‘No Spend Month’ for the rest of July. I have to say ‘rest of’ because yesterday I bought 3 new maternity pieces so that I could survive this stinkin’ … Continue reading

Becoming an Everyday Advocate- Greener Cleaning

Becoming an Everyday Advocate- Greener Cleaning

The everyday advocate series is all about the real-life ways we make justice oriented choices. One goal with this series is to represent choices that are not only accessbile, but also ones that I’ve tried to work into my own life. There’s not much that’s more everyday than cleaning.  Although, honestly, I’d go bonkers if … Continue reading