Mew’s Big Adventure.… and My Big Crisis

Side­note: I write this from Dal­las! Things are heat­ing up down here as Fin­Con final­ly approach­es. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing every­one and learn­ing lots of things. Respons­es to emails, tweets, and com­ments will prob­a­bly be delayed. There will be a new post next Mon­day, though. Stay tuned! The scene: Me, com­ing home on a Sun­day after­noon after … Read more

The $200 New Car

I’ve talked a fair amount in the past about my old car. It was a 2005 Pon­ti­ac Vibe. I bought the car for $8,000 cash in 2011 after a deer killed the Neon I was dri­ving. Hon­est­ly, it was the best thing to hap­pen to me.  I had the Vibe for 6 years and put just about 100,000 miles on it. … Read more

Blocks and Barriers

Have you ever craft­ed a to-do list for the day in the morn­ing, full of moti­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion that today is the day you are going to get things done! .……and then bed time rolls around and you’ve only done one easy item.… maybe two if you’re lucky. What stops us from being our best selves … Read more

Bugs, Thugs, and Hugs

Y’all, this has been one stress­ful peri­od in my life. I nev­er knew I could enjoy life so much and have so much going on! It seems for every high there is an equal and oppo­site low that occurs. Is that a uni­ver­sal law some­where? If not, I want to coin it. “Gwen’s Law” has a nice ring to … Read more

What’s A Lot?

I love disc golf. There’s just some­thing super peace­ful about wan­der­ing around a park play­ing fris­bee: sport edi­tion. Low start up cost, end­less enjoy­ment (unless you chuck your disc in a stag­nant creek full of goose poop), no fee to prac­tice or play, a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent cours­es to play.….. talk about a great first date activ­i­ty. You get to … Read more

Never Say Never

Nev­er is such a polar­iz­ing word. Why do we say we’ll nev­er do some­thing? “I’ll nev­er wear short socks.” “I’ll nev­er wear loos­er fit­ting cloth­ing.” “I’ll nev­er eat egg­plant.” I’ve said each of those things in the past. The fun­ny thing is, I’ve done each of those things and actu­al­ly enjoy them more than the alter­na­tives. … Read more

Enough is Enough

I have a prob­lem. All my friends are awe­some. Now, on the list of prob­lems to have, this one is so minor that it bare­ly rates being list­ed as a prob­lem. How­ev­er, it both­ers me, so I’m count­ing it as a prob­lem. I’m blessed that I’m expend­ing brain pow­er on this, and not some oth­er press­ing issue like … Read more

De-romanitizing Downsizing

Down­siz­ing sounds so nice as an abstract con­cept. You see arti­cles and posts writ­ten on it every­where you turn, it seems. “How one woman down­sized and moved to Paris for love” “How we down­sized into a tiny house” “How we went from 3000 sq. ft. to a 35 ft sail­boat” Sounds amaz­ing, right? Move into a small­er place, … Read more

Downsizing, Depreciation, and Debt

When I start­ed writ­ing this blog over two years ago, I was liv­ing in a 1,500 sq ft house that fea­tured 3 bed­rooms, 1 bath­room, and tons of clos­et space. I had more space then I ever need­ed. One bed­room for me, one bed­room for my craft space, and the oth­er upstairs for storage/media room/roommate area. I also had a huge kitchen and liv­ing … Read more