How To Add More Money + More Happiness To Your Life In 5 Days

This isn't about budgeting tips. It's not about investing or snowballing debt. This is a totally different approach to money + happiness. Click through and find out how you can have more of both!

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now?

Are you groaning “NOT POSSIBLE, VON BARGEN” while closing your laptop?

Don’t think the Money And Happiness Puzzle can be solved in five days?

Friend, you’re right about that last one.


True Story: I’m an activist

What does it mean to be an activist? How can we take action when we're all busy and tired? What can we do about Trump? Click through for practical, non-depressing insights from a long-time activist!

What does it mean to be an activist? When are you ‘allowed’ to call yourself that? When you’ve marched in X number of protests? Donated X amount of time and money to X causes? Today my friend Rachel shares her story and – what a relief! – being an activist and taking part in our communities and political process is a lot easier and less intimidating than you’d think!


Web Time Wasters

It’s been A Week, hasn’t it? I’ve been so distraught by our government, Kenny’s been forcing me to think of one positive geopolitical thing every day.

So far my answers have been “Cory Booker,” “Al Franken,” and “The fact that Obama was a two-term president.” “…(silent screaming followed by whispered expletives) …”

So now I’m self-medicating by visiting my parents and seeing my BFF of 20+ years.  She’s home for a week and it’s a pretty rare that we’re both in Aitkin at the same time. We’re celebrating by doing all our favorite things: eating at the diner, sitting in her mom’s hot tub, shopping at the local thrift store.

Links from some of my lovely sponsors

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And if you (like most people) resolved to be healthier this year, you need to know Valerie. She can help us undo the damage of an over-indulgent holiday season. She can  also help us treat ourselves and de-stress (without eating a giant bowl of carbs)!


11 things that are good for your blog, brain, or business

Helpful blogging links! Articles filled with business advice, social media tips, and ideas for improving productivity. Click through to read them!
It’s a fresh new year! The perfect time to set business goals we actually want to achieve and (nicely) set boundaries with your clients!

This week, I’m prepping for the second enrollment of my money + happiness course Put Your Money Where Your Happy Is (NBD one student said “I’ve taken every financial and budgeting course imaginable, but none of them helped me the way this did. This course has more than paid for itself, taking it should be a no-brainer!”) and getting ready for a quick trip home to see my BFF. 

But enough about me, my best friend, and money/happiness! Here are the best, most helpful articles on the topics of blogging, social media, productivity, and self-employment!


How to define success for yourself (no, but REALLY)

How do you define success for yourself? How do you distance yourself from family and social expectations of what you 'should' be doing? Click through for 5 questions that will help you define success on your own terms.
Pre-P.S. This is exactly the type of stuff we cover in my free 5-day money + happiness bootcamp More Money, More Happy. A previous student used the hashtag #lifechanging to describe it (!!!)

Drop your email in here and join us on January 23rd! 

We’ve all seen those hand-lettered quotes floating around Pinterest, haven’t we?

“Write your own definition of success!” “Success is: [photo collage of six pack abs, checked off lists, and lattes]” or that illustration of the imagined path to success versus the reality.

If you’re anything like me – you nod at your computer screen. You think “Yes! I should write my own definition of success!”

Then we forget about it.  We go back to subconsciously believing the version of success marketed by every magazine, tv show, and movie.  And based on those standards we’re doing life wrong.

It took me yearrrrs to realize that I – like everyone else, ever – had quietly absorbed all these ideas about success.

I’d watched enough sitcoms to know that success looks like stainless steel kitchen appliances and European cars. I’d read enough women’s magazines to know success looks like a high, tight butt and a high-earning husband. I’d been an American long enough to know that success looks like a six-figure salary, 2.5 children, and good teeth.

I’d never opted into these beliefs. They seeped into me by osmosis.

But somehow, one day, a light switch flipped on in my brain. I realized that if I actually wrote my own definition of success, it’d probably be a lot easier to achieve and a lot more fulfilling once I got there.

At the risk of rhyming/making you roll your eyes: If you can’t name it, you can’t claim it. Click To Tweet

Want to know what my version of success looks like?


Mini Travel Guide: Queensland, Australia

 Looking for a travel guide to Queensland, Australia? This written-by-a-local travel guide will tell you what to do, where to go, what to eat, and how to deal when an Aussie 'takes the piss'! –

No travel guide to Queensland, Australia would be complete without cultural tips for navigating the Australian sense of humor. True story: I had several Australian friends when I lived in Taiwan and I spent most of our friendship wondering if they even liked me!

Read on for Sandra’s advice on eating ‘bush tucker,’ getting free rental cars (I’ve done this! It’s great!), and how to travel through Aboriginal Australia respectfully.