• Health,  Money

    The Benefits of Meditation to Your Financial Well-being

    Like everyone else, I become stressed at times. Family, career, friends, health and exercise, passions and hobbies, relaxation time all take effort and focus to maintain and even more effort to thrive. It’s inevitable that at various intervals, some of those pillars of your life will become strained and change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. During a particularly stressful point in my life, I had begun looking for an outlet just to be with my thoughts and to mentally prepare for the day’s and week’s events. That’s when I stumbled upon meditation. There are numerous studies that both support and oppose meditation as a beneficial practice for…

  • Health,  Money

    The Starbucks Craze

    Back when I was in investment banking I was working the crazy hours everyone always hears about. Yes, it is possible to work 80+ hours a week. And yes, it’s virtually impossible to have any life outside of work if you work those kinds of hours. I kept up that crazy charade with a nice addiction to Starbucks. An average of 5-6 cups of coffee spread throughout the day and I survived. Granted, I wasn’t the healthiest or the most frugal back then, but at least I wasn’t drinking those $5+ frappuccinos or macchiatos, right? I have since kicked my Starbucks habit (and am down to a single cup of…

  • Health

    How to get and stay in great shape for less than a yearly gym membership

    The last time I was in a gym was in college. At the time, it was free so I figured why not utilize a free asset. One of my roommates and I would go in the morning before classes to beat the rush. We would typically spend an hour or more there spotting each other, etc. I’d also try and get some cardio in on the treadmill or rowing machine. Now, looking back on all those hours spent there, I can honestly say we spent half the time talking and goofing off and not maximizing our time efficiently. Fast forward to today. I’m in way better shape than during my…