What I Am

I came across Will.I.Am’s Sesame Street music video of What I Am, and it’s so playful and powerful that I can’t help but share it with you. 


It’s so important that we impart a deep confidence in our children, and live as role models who feel positive about our impact on the world. Attitude is the true key to financial success. I also can’t help but share 15 Surefire Ways to Impress, at the base it’s all about accepting yourself in order to connect deeply with the world.





Does this video inspire you?
Have you shared it with your kids?


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Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.






Get Out Your Green Vote!

You are probably as tired as anyone with all the campaigning, but we’ve made it to the all important election day. I know we are all busy with our everyday lives, and I’m just grateful for Oregon’s vote-by-mail system where I voted while the kids napped and then dropped it off at the library. But democracy isn’t about convenience and elections do shape our economic and natural environments.


12 Environmental Facts to Remember When Voting


So in case you haven’t connected already, become more informed about how your representatives walk their talk with the League of Conservation Voters. If you want to get wonky and academic, you can read this article about why environmental issues don’t get political attention yet as they do socially: easy answer is voters still aren’t really voting green.


The important this is that you do your civic duty and vote!


Have you voted? 
What matters to you in this election?


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Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Month of Hundreds

The “Month of Hundreds” is now over, a social experiment of sorts that a Portland woman, Jill Ginsberg, chose as a way of honoring her recently belated mother. She spent every day for the past month giving a hundred dollar bill to a stranger, and then sharing her/their story in her blog. Like many, I first found out about her quest in an Oregonian article.


Jill’s mother was a holocaust survivor, and after loosing her affluent lifestyle at a young age, lived the rest of her life “Believing financial ruin was just around the corner.” Even once she should have had no founded fear of providing for her family, she “lived forever with a deeply held conviction that life was defined by scarcity and want.” Jill seems to appreciate most of the values her mother passed along, but she is honest in questioning whether her mother’s adversity toward charity really helped her live her life to the fullest.


I would highly encourage you to read Jill’s blog, it’s partly a story about shifting your view of money and giving, but more so a story about how important it is to connect with others, and how we can all make an impact in the lives of others – C note or not. And, fair warning, it may make you cry.


Could you give a hundred dollars to a stranger?


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Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Women Saving the World

A friend and co-worker sent me an article about how the Daili Lama thinks that  Western Women Are Going to Save the World. It’s a brilliant article about how much women control family finances and how our choices are changing the world. She really spells out the statistics about how much women, and I would argue mothers, decide what to buy and not buy.


Part of why I started my blog was to share and connect with other women around the world, because we can’t save the world all by our lonesome, or at least it wouldn’t be as much fun ;-).  I sure how to read some Dads in the process, but the truth is that women make the majority of household purchases.


I also like the article’s “Moment of Truth” section at the end, where it asks us each to make small choices like boycotting bottled water to help reduce oil pollution and global warming.


Do you think western women will save the world?
What steps will you take first?


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.