What Do You Need in Your Cage?

Monkey in a CageI’m a big fan of a podcast called Radiolab. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, every week they tackle one big concept – like time, sleep, or identity – and they talk about it for about an hour. Its extremely engaging and never uninteresting. And it was while listening to an episode about zoos, yes that’s right, zoos, that they touched upon a fascinating concept that can be related back to society, lifestyle, money and happiness. You see, at some level, we are all just animals in a cage.

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Refuse to Choose! – Book Review

When I first started this blog, I talked about how my decision to leave graduate school early and not finish my PhD was partly motivated by my acceptance of the fact that I’m simply not a specialist. I came to this acceptance partly by reading a book by Barbara Sher entitled I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It. In the book, Sher classifies people as divers and scanners, or somewhere in between. I identified myself as a scanner with diving tendencies. In the comments of that original post, I was made aware that Barbara Sher wrote another book, specifically about scanners called Refuse to Choose! A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything You Love. I immediately knew I had to read it, so I headed out to my public library and grabbed a copy.

Before I talk about the book, I have a confession to make. I don’t normally read self-help books. In fact, outside of these two books, I can only think of one other self-help book beyond the personal finance realm that I have ever read. Continue reading

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Planning a Green Frugal Wedding – Invitations

Wedding Invitation | Source: William Arthur Fine Stationary on FlickrI’m getting married this summer. Yay me!! When I started this blog, one of the things I knew I wanted to write about was how to have a wedding that is both green and frugal. Because it is possible! Much like anything else in life, you do not have to spend a fortune to be environmentally responsible. And if you choose to have an eco-friendly wedding, you can make a statement to your guests – whether that’s intentional or not is up to you.

In many cases, being either frugal or environmentally responsible when it comes to weddings requires you to challenge the status quo or the established wedding traditions. In some cases, it will require you to challenge your friends and family into breaking out of their comfort zone. This can quickly become a tenuous issue and something that will require navigating over the course of the planning. You may have to make concessions on some things in order to make other things work. Some compromises will have to be made. At the end of the day, try to remember that its your wedding and it should represent you. The most meaningful wedding is one that reflects the personality of the couple getting married. That said, remember to be reasonable (i.e. don’t push people beyond their means).

I’m not going to cover everything in one post, because there is just too much to talk about and we haven’t done everything yet as the wedding is still a few months off. But let’s kick things off with one of the first things we did to save money and minimize our impact on the environment within the wedding – invitations!

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