How Life as Gamer Taught Me Everything I know About Financial Independence

Super_MelissaHave you ever been told you can’t do something and just wanted to prove them wrong?

I have a confession to share… I got addicted to playing a game. It started out as a light distraction until someone told me I couldn’t reach the highest level with a certain character type. I spent the next 9 months dedicated to achieving what they said was impossible. That taught me a couple things: with patience, the right tools, strategies and willingness to ignore mainstream nay-sayers, you can accomplish most anything.

Do you have goals that you’ve put down as pipe dreams? Or maybe your dream life isn’t in the realm of ‘possible’ by society’s standards? I bet in a lot of cases, it is possible.

Just like games, it’s a matter of honing some character traits, and using the right shields and weapons out there to manage your money.

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Contract Work: Taking the Plunge and How to Decide if it’s Right for You

Taking_the_Plunge_aIt was mid-winter 2015. I had trudged through the snow on my usual 20 minute walk to work. What I really wanted to do was call in sick. I was exhausted from working all weekend implementing a software upgrade. But I had a meeting first thing with my director; I thought I was walking into a 1:1. But instead: Lay off… Shock… Confusion…

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Small Space Living: How to Decide if It’s Right for You

Small Space LivingA few years ago we made a pivotal decision in our relationship: move in together. Not in my 1200 square foot rental, but into his 600 square foot bachelor condo. WHAT an earth were we thinking?! We wondered that sometimes too. It’s safe to say we get strong reactions when we explain our living situation and insist it’s possible. It can also be a great way to reduce consumerism and contribute to healthy financials.

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Small Changes, Big Impact

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With December coming to an end, the new year is barreling towards us. This is when people look back at what’s passed, and make New Year’s Resolutions. Big resolutions are great, especially if you’re able to hang in there for the long haul until you reach it. I’ve set goals, big and small; some I reached, others I didn’t. What I have learned though, is that the impact of smaller goals or new year’s resolutions are often overlooked.

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Stressed for the Holidays?

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I’ve always loved this time of year. When it’s starts getting dark early and cold with a few light snowfalls, I know one of my favourite time of year is around the corner. Something about the cheerful atmosphere, colourful lights and cozy nights inside focusing on hobbies that have languished during the summer. This is what the holidays are like for me these days. It wasn’t always like this, they used to be stressful with all the running around, hustle to get stuff done and expensive with gifts. And then I realized that all traditions and gift giving are OPTIONAL.

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