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May Spending Recap & Networth

In May my networth increased 3.18% to $289,005 from $280,086. $1289 of that increase was in new savings so the rest was the stock market, woohoo. In this post, I’ll share all of the fun things I wasted my money on this month to shame myself into not spending on such things again next month! Luckily the stock market has been on a bit of a crazy ride up — but what goes up must come down, so it’s important not to get caught up in the rapid progress towards my $325,000 networth goal for 2014 (a 30% increase over 2013 including savings and investment growth.)

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May Spending: $5003 (of Income $6292)
remainder: $800 /// really shitty savings month, but June will be better (damn it)

$1547.79 – Federal Taxes (Late – Long Story, Not Proud)
$1409 – Home (rent, appliances and some food also included)
$703 – Health & Fitness (most of this will be reimbursed by FSA/insurance)
$313 – Food & Dining (50% of total cost)
$388 – Entertainment (1 broadway show, 2 tix concert, 2 tix regional theatre, 2 tix event)
$362 – Auto & Transport
$552 – Shopping
$122 – Bills & Utilities
$32 – Fees & Charges
$21 – Gifts & Donations

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On Being an Overly Sensitive Potentially Bipolar Person

At 11am, I glanced around looking for any possible way to escape – not the room – but my life. My heart was heavy with a twisted mixture of sadness and anxiety. By 3pm I had regained my composure. At 4 I felt empowered and free, like I was given a jolt of confidence in the form of a crown and I was ready to rule the world. By 6 I felt hopeless again, miserable, and unable to lift my spirits.

There is clearly something very wrong with my moods. I just often get so overwhelmed that every little thing effects me so strongly. It’s distracting and keeps me from being happy and/or productive at times, and I’d like to somehow change this about myself. But I honestly can’t. You know people say just stop being so paranoid or anxious, just stop thinking so much, just change the way you think about things and you’ll be fine. It’s not so easy. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: An Allegory of America’s Class Warfare

downloadOne of the best shows on TV today – Game of Thrones – is successful not only due to its typical onslaught of T&A HBO is known for (which is has plenty of, mind you), it’s because the show itself is an allegory of the age-old problem with societal inequality. Specifically, Game of Thrones walks the fine line between showing different families and individuals at war for wealth and power in a fantasy world, and one where us modern folks can relate by looking at what we’d sacrifice for the success and longevity of our own families.

I’m not the only one who sees the underlying commentary of humanity as a whole in the series, and beyond all the humping there’s a warning for us all: as long as wealth remains within families, there will always be conflict and violence. Peace is not possible, even for the peaceful.

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Top Countries to Be a Mother? USA Ranks #31

As I approach the years when — if it’s going to happen — I will become a mother, I’m thinking a lot about what that means, logistically speaking. Growing up in America we’re taught to think that we live in the world’s greatest nation, or at least one at the top of the chain — powerful, successful, prosperous. But in terms of places where it’s best to be a mother (at least according to an annual Save the Children report) the US is dropping fast in rankings, from top 10 in 2000 to above 30 in 2014.

This report largely focuses on the health, educational, economic and political status of mothers. While the goal of the report is to remind us that there are many countries where being a mother is terribly grim, it isn’t looking so great for America either.

For a country that’s so gung-ho about making abortion illegal, and pundits noting that hell is freezing over (or something like that) now that women earning the majority of income for their families, you would think that at least our conservative nation would support the family values of making it possible to afford being a mother. Not so. In fact, the U.S. is the ONLY western country that doesn’t require paid maternity leave.

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