Another kind of surviving

My minimalist self has struggled with the idea of prepping, because by definition you are supposed to have stuff you may not ever need to use. And to keep extra items of food and so on. My ideal is little stuff, and everything I have in good use. But I want to be prepared forContinue reading “Another kind of surviving”

Survivors and superheros

Are you anxious about the coronavirus pandemic?As a small business owner I noticed immediate impact as the incoming orders dropped drastically. Then our main factory closed. My retailers are struggling as well. The business is down a lot but expenses have to be paid. Due to my chronic illnesses I’m at risk of developing aContinue reading “Survivors and superheros”

Bought a new apartment

Yes I did. Just before the proverbial korona-shit fully hit the proverbial fan. I would have waited a little in retrospect… I will not concentrate on other aspects of the horror show in this post, but just tell about the apartment. Alas, I decided to go with a 14-year interest rate cap, which means thatContinue reading “Bought a new apartment”

Ways of “forced saving” for spendthrifts

I don’t deny it. I haven’t been that great with money. There have been attempts, like the time over a decade ago when I first found the financial independence classic, Your Money Or Your Life. Wow!! Can this really be??I got so excited about it. As a chronically ill visual artist who has also beenContinue reading “Ways of “forced saving” for spendthrifts”

What is your financial worst case scenario?

Suddenly on my own, in order to ease my worries about financial security I asked myself “what if..” What if I find myself unemployed, my business making no money? My “worst case scenario” plan is to live in the 199 square foot apartment, which would cost 80 euros (you can substitute dollars) per month, includingContinue reading “What is your financial worst case scenario?”

How I invest in the stock market

Now, I’ve had a long and hard talk with myself about investing in stock. Note that I’m in nowhere near an expert in investing , stock market and finances, I’m only writing about what I do and what works and does not work for me personally. I need to have a solid plan, not justContinue reading “How I invest in the stock market”

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart, Kept in cages

We think slavery is abolished. Or we may agree that modern slavery exists in developing countries as child labor and human trafficking, but we think that in western societies people are free. Because: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certainContinue reading “A Prayer for the Wild at Heart, Kept in cages”

One easy way to be better prepared than Yours Truly

I’m not going to lament the mistakes I made but I’ll share with you so that you don’t have to fall into the same trap. When I was completely clueless about being cheated on, it made sense to trust in my marriage and believe when my husband said that I didn’t have to worry aboutContinue reading “One easy way to be better prepared than Yours Truly”

5 Wrong reasons to stay in an abusive relationship

Sometimes we stay because we don’t know we are being abused. Sensitive people (and we who were chumped, most often are sensitive people) may be feeling unwell for a long time without having the faintest whiff of something fishy. We may be anxious, depressed, or even physically ill. Some of us are genuinely happy andContinue reading “5 Wrong reasons to stay in an abusive relationship”

6 Steps to take to be on your way to financial freedom now that you are on your own

I’m writing from the perspective of the chumped and/or dumped, but these steps work equally well for other people. If you are single, you are in luck, because you can make unilateral decisions about your life and finances. So don’t get bogged down by the general moaning that being single is so much more expensiveContinue reading “6 Steps to take to be on your way to financial freedom now that you are on your own”