I’m no longer writing here…

by Julie on May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

…but I’m still writing. You can find me at Creating This Life. Hope to see you there! – Julie FB Header


That’s a Wrap

by Julie on May 20, 2015 · 6 comments

Be happy with what you have Last week I started a conversation with Tom this way: “I need to talk to you about something, and it’s going to sound familiar.” If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, it’s going to sound familiar to you too.

The something I needed to talk about was, of course, what to do about the blogs (the blogs being The Family CEO and Creating This Life).

I’ve been writing at The Family CEO since 2006, and for at least half that time I’ve been conflicted about what the blog should be about. It started as a blog about finances, but over time I became interested in writing about lifestyle topics (homes, food, books, travel) as well.

At first I incorporated those things into The Family CEO, but it never felt quite right; I thought the blog was stronger when it was just about money.

So two years ago I carved the lifestyle topics off into a separate blog, Creating This Life. The idea was that I would be freer to explore the two subjects (personal finance and lifestyle) if they each had their own space.

Instead what I found was that it was hard to get into a flow. I would ignore one blog while I wrote at the other for a while, and then ping-pong back the other way.

It felt disjointed, inauthentic, and I wasn’t doing either blog (which are my babies, after all) a service. Besides, I like things to be as simple as possible.

So recently I decided to focus on one blog, and it made sense that it be The Family CEO. The Family CEO is the more established blog, it has more followers, and has provided some pretty neat opportunities.

But as I started to write about money again, it became obvious that I don’t have a lot left to say. The Family CEO was about my journey to improve our finances, and the journey is on autopilot (in the best possible way).

Also, I don’t feel much like a Family CEO anymore. It’s nine years later, my kids are grown, and I’m more interested in exploring what’s next than I am in treating our finances as a job, despite how well that mindset served me.

So I’ll be blogging at Creating This Life. And to avoid more of the hot mess of second-guessing that I’ve just described above, I’m bringing The Family CEO to a close. (Because heaven knows if I don’t, I’ll be tempted to come back here when the mood strikes, driving myself, not to mention you and Tom, God bless him, crazy.)

The blog will remain here in archive form. The old posts still get hundreds of visits a day from people searching for how much prom costs or what Amy Dacyczyn is up to. Plus, I want to be able to revisit both the financial and blogging journey this was from time to time.

Whatever brought you here, I want you to know that I’ve so appreciated you being a reader. Whether your commented, emailed, or just lurked, I’ve been delighted and inspired by your presence.

If you want to stay in touch (and I hope you do), you can find me daily on Facebook and Pinterest (question: how does spellcheck not know that Pinterest is a word already?). Also occasionally on Twitter, and of course blogging at Creating This Life. (My latest post there is about simplifying.)

I’ll wrap it up this way: Recently I found myself in a conversation that required me to stop and think about what I believe to be true about money. What does it all come down to really? And here is what the last nine years of blogging about money have taught me:

  • Spend intentionally.
  • Give generously.
  • Save more than you think you can.
  • Create a life you love.

That’s what I’m taking with me.

All my best,



Teaching High School Students About Money

by Julie May 10, 2015
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So this is cool. H&R Block, the tax services provider, believes that mastering financial matters is an important adult life skill, but that teenagers aren’t being prepared for the challenge. So the company developed a teen financial literacy program that takes the form of an online game. The game is played over nine weeks’ time […]

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When an Introvert and an Extrovert Get Married

by Julie May 6, 2015
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A number of years ago – ten or more – Tom and I walked into a social function at church. It was either a casino night or a wine tasting (we’re Catholic so those are normal church functions for us), and as I scanned the room I said to Tom, “I don’t see any of […]

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A Family CEO Job Description

by Julie May 5, 2015
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This blog began over nine years ago when I hired myself to make over my family’s finances. My theory was that if I treated our finances like a job, I could make as big of an impact as the real-life, outside the home, part-time job I was considering at the time. My theory turned out to be true. Yet, […]

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April Wrap-up

by Julie April 30, 2015
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There are any number of end-of-the-month posts around the blogosphere with themes like what I’m into, what I’m reading and what I learned this month.  I’ve never participated in them, but closing out the month with a wrap-up post does seem like a good idea, so I’m making this my first. And I’m giving it the very clever […]

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3 Ways to Keep Clutter from Accumulating in Your Home

by Julie April 27, 2015
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Achieving a clutter-free house, room, closet, or drawer is one thing; keeping it that way is quite another. It’s an ongoing process. It’s true that the process gets easier with time, but it’s a process nonetheless. Here are three strategies I’ve discovered to make it easier. Skip the free stuff. Earlier this month Tom and I went to […]

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Found Money Update: Jan – Mar 2015

by Julie April 3, 2015
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It’s time for another Found Money Update, and I’m making a change in the way I’m reporting things. Specifically, I’ll no longer be including my income from bookkeeping and blogging. Here’s why: I’ve had a couple of readers tell me that they don’t view those things as found money, and I can see their point. I’ve […]

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For Each Small Business, Choose A Specialized Insurance Firm

by Julie April 3, 2015

The following is a post from Sam Peters. You never know when disaster will strike your business. That’s one of the defining characteristics of disasters, after all–uncertainty. If we saw them coming, we’d get out of the way. If you’re in business, however, you might not see trouble coming, because you might be long gone before […]

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6 Ways to Spend a Tax Refund that You Will Thank Yourself for Later

by Julie March 31, 2015
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“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Are you getting a tax refund this year? It’s very unusual for us to get one because we’re self-employed; any refunds get applied to next year’s taxes. But this year, through a very specific set of events, we got a $2000 refund from the state. We […]

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