My Journey Through Learning to Become a Morning Person


One of my 2016 goals is to “Become a morning person.” I’ve struggled with waking up earlier ever since I joined the corporate world when I was 21. I was lucky to have flexible working hours, but this unfortunately got me into the habit of rolling into work at 10 a.m. pretty consistently. This would have been all well and fine if I was doing something productive before 10 a.m.,… Continue Reading

How I Read 14 Books Last Month


I never thought of myself as a fast reader, but in January I was able to read 14 books. I have a tendency to re-read paragraphs to make sure I didn’t miss anything and to sound out all the words in my head (subvocalization), which is supposedly an absolute speed-reading no-no. I read about 327 words per minute. The average reading speed is about 250, while speed readers read about 650… Continue Reading

Money Diary: What I Spent In a Week: February Week 1


Sunday 8:00 a.m.: I receive an email from my church saying my $25 weekly donation went through. 10:30 a.m.: Husband gases up the car at Costco. (-$32.24) 11:00 a.m.: I was being extra grouchy, so my husband and I headed to our favorite coffee shop (-$6). We got some (expensive) snacks because we were so hungry and we weren’t meeting our family for lunch until later in the afternoon (-$27.59). The husband got a cream puff for dessert (-$5).… Continue Reading