Courtney has been published on Yahoo Voices, Wikinut, The National Monitor, and most recently, Vocal. She has an AA degree in Humanities and Psychology and a BS Degree in Business Finance.
Money has always been somewhat of a taboo subject matter in my family. Every time anything was mentioned about finances the topic was quickly changed into something different. I know my family has always struggled financially and growing up I wanted to do anything I could to not follow in the footsteps of being imprisoned by debt. Today, I took a good hard look at my financial situation and reality set in. I have not done a very good job at straying from the harsh realities of being in debt. I could probably blame part of this on ways of the economy and the rising prices, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty all the blame is placed on myself, alone. I am the one that chose to buy a new car and I am the one that decided to go to college.
Reflections of the Wild
A few common things for people to question every now and then during their lifetime are, "Is my life on the track that I want to be taking? Are there more things that I should be doing? Am I at the same place where I said I would be by now, 10 years ago, or have I crossed to a better path?" Everyone ponders at least one of these thoughts once during their existence, and most people have a special place where they like to go and reflect on these thoughts. The place where I like to reflect on my ideas about how far I have come is in the wilderness, where I have developed a lot of character.
'A Dog's Way Home'
Before I dive in, let me first start by saying if you haven’t seen this movie yet, be sure to bring some tissues with you when you do. I can’t remember the last time I spent nearly the entire two hours of a movie with tears rolling down my face that couldn’t be stopped. Before you read any further, I must warn you, there will be spoilers if you have not seen this movie. If you don’t mind knowing about things that happen in the movie, please continue reading. However, if you would prefer to see the movie first, I would like to invite you to go do so now and then come back to read this article. All of the following content is my opinion from the film, and I would like to remind you now that everyone sees things from a different perspective.
Push, Push, Push
I push, push, and push. I push my body way past my limitations some days and I still feel like I'm 10 steps behind my peers. I don't know what else I can do. I'm trying to continue, merely survive, but I don't know how to keep up in this busy world. No matter what I do, I’m left feeling exhausted and the things I will try are not enough to add up to the things someone else has already done.
Planning a Budget
December is a month that often times people find stressful. Before you know it, Christmas is suddenly around the corner and you are dreading the season because you don't think you will have enough funds to cover the things that you deem as expected.
Once upon a time, I slept in a cold cage surrounded by other cats. All of us were alike, guided by peers, wishing for the same thing; a place to call home. I meowed and meowed in hopes that someday, someone would come and rescue me. Then that day came.
Here I am again all banged up due to an embarrassing fall. Previously, I have been lucky with falls where the scars remained invisible. Then I have also had falls where I could hide the bruising. And others where I could not, but the scratches and bruises were in less noticeable places and less embarrassing. This is my first time scraping up my face as an adult. All from a simple slip. Three scratches and glue instead of stitches. I can't even hide the scrapes on my face with makeup because the makeup will most likely cause an infection. And it hurts to smile.
How to Quickly Clean for the Holidays
As the holidays are creeping upon us again, everyone is rushing to clean the house. The kids are going through that stack of papers you have been meaning to shred and you have your husband helping you with the dishes. You are scrambling to get things done before guests arrive and make your home look like it has not been lived in unattended to the cleaning for the past year. You have so many things piled up that every time you walk into a room you are overwhelmed and questioning why you agreed to host in the first place? Does this sound like you? You might be pleased to know you are not alone! Below are some things you can do to help break down the task, so you don’t get overwhelmed just by walking in a room.