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February 27th, 2013

A friend of mine who is a wonderful comic (www.donnaeast.com) said, “You are like Hector the Collector”, I replied who is that and then she shared this beautiful poem.

HECTOR THE COLLECTOR

by Shel Silverstein

Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring.
Pieces out of picture puzzles,
Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wires, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,
Gatlin’ guns that wouldn’t shoot,
Leaky boats that wouldn’t float
And stopped-up horns that wouldn’t toot.
Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks,
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn-out belts that had no buckles,
‘Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector
Loved these things with all his soul‹
Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved them more than glistenin’ gold.
Hector called to all the people,
“Come and share my treasure trunk!”
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked…and called it junk.

The Resource Girl does come from a family of organized hoarders, yes I said organized. There might be a lot of stuff in my relatives possession but it is all relatively organized. For more than 4 years, I have been on a journey of release and really embracing “less is more”; however when it comes to resources for saving money and creating a healthy financial life-there really can’t be too many.

Here is a list to guide you to fruitful savings:
www.paperbackswap.com, www.swagbucks.com, www.zilok.com, www.nomorerack.com, www.thredup.com, www.retailmenot.com, www.pennypinchinmom.com, www.allyou.com, www.southernsavers.com, www.thriftyfun.com, www.thepointsguy.com, www.couponpro.com, www.dealstealingmom.com, www.freebies4mom.com, www.frugalcouponliving.com, www.moneysavingmadness.com, www.myfrugaladventures.com, www.freebieshark.com, www.freebie2deals.com, www.hip2save.com, www.moneysavingmom.com, www.musthavecoupons.com, www.novembersunflower.com, www.passionforsavings.com, www.mint.com, www.streeteasy.com

To Prosperity and Continued Hope,
RG

Time to reflect in Texas

February 21st, 2013

Everyone says that “Everything is Bigger in Texas” currently I sit in a room that is almost as big as my apartment in NYC. I sit at a desk that is larger than my kitchen counter. Why do I share such boring details of a life lived; because I have outgrown the way I am living in New York. My apartment is too small and Starbucks is no longer a suitable office for my taste. Loud, not really clean, crowded it is, but I still adore the coffee and currently my absolute favorite is a tall soy cappucino (often decaf) with a decadent shot of hazelnut. Why decadent? That little shot costs extra.

The Resource Girl is an avid believer in making sure to take her own advice. For years officially and unofficially she (that would be me, but I really think The Resource Girl is such a more put together entity, so for a moment I talk about her from below as I have placed her on a pedestal of gold) shares advice of all types about survival in the city and beyond.

This year my biggest New Year’s resolution have been to turn every single piece of advice back on myself. So since the year is relatively new, below you will see the actions that I am taking to live what I have “preached” for years.

1. Continuous creative ways to make money www.stuckforstaff.com, www.bagoftricksbabysitting.com, www.taskrabbit.com, www.thumbtac.com, www.craigslist.org

2. More ways to find money selling electronics on www.guzu.com, www.gazelle.com, www.ebay.com

3.Doing the research to find an affordable health care. If you are a small business, there really are options for you that don’t break the bank. I have found one.

4.Signing up for the gym. The stress relief that my gym has provided me has increased my emotional stability and my money making power. When I feel great, I shine brighter in whatever endeavor I pursue.

5.Continuing to attend a church when my schedule permits. Working more, I have gone less. For a balanced life, prayer has been an elixir of good health and so I will go more frequently.

6.Continued awareness of the tools that are in the use of credit cards i.e. travel rewards, cash back. We all have to buy toothpaste and toilet paper, so why not be rewarded?

7. Diligence in keeping a small space orderly.

8.Eating at home as often as possible. This choice is VERY difficult in NYC as the culture is one of going out. I have found this the most painful of all.

9.Saying YES a lot more to fun. (Tonight I played Wii bowling and I enjoyed my competitive spirit that rose up within me)

10. I would be the first one to tell a friend to be gentle with themselves and to realize that often our progress is difficult to see from the outside. So being gentle with myself is what I work on doing.

Last thoughts for this day, I am back in the saddle and working on my second book. It is an entirely different topic but I look forward to keeping you posted on the progress.