Life + Money Wins: 1 Year of Blogging

Photo by Cristian Escobar via You guys-- it's official. It's been a year of me writing to you (almost) weekly, consistently baring my money wounds and slowly healing, paying down debt and building wealth. I am thrilled and truly surprised that I've stuck to something like this for a whole year. I mean it when [...]

Yearly Spending Breakdown: This Year vs. Last Year (With Graphs)

Photo by Brooke Lark via If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you'll get value from it: @wrachelwrites), you've seen these graphs which break down my yearly spending by percentage. I added up exactly what I spent last year (thanks to my budget records, this was easy to do), and made [...]

Teacher Talk: Why I’m Working Over the Summer After My First Year Teaching

Photo by Roman Kraft via "You might not think you'll need the summer off after your first year of teaching, but trust me, you will." I received this well-meaning advice from a third-year teacher on a panel of new educators, and it made me feel pretty relieved. We all know teaching is demanding work, [...]