2016 Goals Update #4

Normally I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but I thought it would be fun to set some goals this year and track them to see how I’m doing as the year goes on.

I have been doing a weekly update of my 2016 goals. Doing a weekly post kept me accountable for my goals frequently enough to make and reinforce new habits. Now that I have been at it for a month plus, I think it is time to take these updates down to once per month.

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In a World Where Frugality is Normal

I mentioned in my 2016 Goals Update post that I am reading Money Saving Secrets of the Amish. The author makes it clear that Thrift is a virtue in Amish culture. It made me think what would life be like if Frugality were a virtue in my culture?

Would it be cool to flaunt your new clothes and flash your brandy-brands?Would brandy-brands exist?

It seems to me that many brands exist for the sake of having their logos plastered across their customers chests, or breast pockets, or purse, you get the picture. Their names are so much a marker of quality as they are a signal that “Hey , look at me! I spent a lot of money on this thing. I must be super successful. Grin!” Or sadly and more accurately. “I know what is cool, too. Please don’t make fun of me. Sheepish grin…”

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Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore – Miners Castle

miners castle

This is my last post about Michigan. I promise! At least for awhile…. I just can’t believe I’ve never heard of Pictured Rocks before I had already planned a trip to Michigan and then checked out some library books on things to do in the area.

After our long hike through the Chapel Basin and Grand Portal Point, we decided to stop by Miners Castle to take in the views. Luckily reaching the viewing area was not physically demanding. This feature is definitely worth a visit.

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