Category: Happiness

Happiness

Focus on Your One Thing

Find your one goal for 2018 and achieve your resolutions

We all have things we’d like to change and improve, right? Sometimes we set resolutions to try to fix those things, and often, they fail. They say it only takes three weeks to form a habit, but I question that research based on my experience. However, I’ve found that by committing to one thing, I’m […]

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Happiness Health

The Christmas Gifts I’m Getting for Myself

Gifts to give yourself for the holidays - what I'm giving myself KiwiAndKeweenaw.com

Let’s be real, gifts on holidays and birthdays can be a let down. I get that it’s the thought that counts, and fortunately my family stopped exchanging gifts, but the in laws and some other people still insist on annual gift giving. I always try to have a few items on my wish list around […]

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Happiness Mr. Kiwi Work

Changing Careers and Choosing a 60% Pay Cut

Story-time – Deciding to Take a Job with a Large Pay Cut (Written by Mr. Kiwi) It’s difficult for me to talk about my career and future without launching into my whole life story. It feels like maybe if I explain the whole thing maybe you’ll be able to help give me advice or at […]

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Happiness Mustachian Fails

Complainypants Mustachian Fail

Do you complain too much! How to complain less!

I’ve been in Lean Process Improvement for my job this past month, which has been so tedious! Ugh, all day meetings are not my jam. My partner has had to deal with complainypants me! Which brings us to the Monthly Mustachian Fail of course! I am (more often than I’d like to admit) a complainypants! […]

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Frugality Happiness Health Optimization

Don’t Give Up on Gratitude

Get to know the frugal pack

In the US we just finished our Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which starts with giving thanks and ends with wrestling discounted televisions from your neighbors to save a few bucks. When we were poor graduate students, our apartment was sparse, and those savings felt real – so we shopped on Black Friday. Now that we are […]

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Activities Environment Happiness

Simplifying through #ActsofKindness

#actsofkindness This Christmas season donate your time, money, and things to help others in need and focus less on consuming

The holiday season is filled with a plethora of excuses to spend money and lose focus of your values. Just a few years ago, Mr. Kiwi and I were part of the herd filing into stores as they opened in the early hours of Black Friday morning. And, while I love thoughtful gift exchanges, my […]

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Happiness Optimization Savings

Is an Emergency Fund Necessary with a High Savings Rate?

Emergency funds are needed, right? Every personal finance expert advises building up one regardless of your financial situation. General advice recommends emergency funds range from $1,000 to one year of living expenses, depending on if you carry debt. Well, I have a confession: until this year we never had an emergency fund. No emergency fund […]

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Activities Frugality Happiness Optimization

Frugality: Spend Less by Enjoying More

We are entering the season of advertising, deals, and coupons galore! Around every corner is an opportunity to spend money! In fact, we are always entering a new season of advertising and excuses to shop to save:  From New Year’s, to Memorial Day, Sweethearts’ Day, to after Christmas, there is always a new sale and […]

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Frugality Happiness

Frugal Holiday Gift Guide

I am SO ready for the holiday season! I love getting together with friends and family to celebrate, eat good food, and rest. Even frugal me loves giving gifts to those closest to me. I love thinking it through, listening to my friend/family member throughout the year as they drop hints about things they desire, […]

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Happiness Optimization

Optimizing for Your Values by Questioning Your Spending

Make your spending match your values

I live my life questioning everything and focused on my values, ahem, in theory. Perfection escapes us all, but striving for perfection and learning to embrace your failures will make the journey easier. Thus, while it is easy to propose that I’ll challenge everything, inevitably I realize that I have room for improvement. Over the […]

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