April Wrap-up

The Rest / Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Spring Daffodils at CreatingThisLife.comThere are any number of end-of-the-month posts around the blogosphere with themes like what I’m intowhat 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 name of April Wrap-up.

I’m not sure what this post will include each month. Definitely some of what I’ve been reading and links that I’ve bookmarked. And a recap of what we’ve talked about on the blog. Beyond that, we’ll just have to see.

As far as April goes, can I just say that this has been the most beautiful springtime that I can remember? Or maybe I’m learning to pay more attention. The colors, the smells, they all seem supercharged. I’ve been going out into my yard and dragging flowers and branches back inside on a regular basis. And I’ve just noticed that my two lilac bushes are blooming so those will be next.

On my Nightstand

  • My book club is reading A Star for Mrs. Blake this month. I’m not done with it yet, but I’m really enjoying it.
  • And I just finished 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I ran across his interview on Charlie Rose and was riveted, so I bought the book. It was a little slow in the middle for me, but overall a really good read. I just listened to the interview again while linking to it in this post, and it makes me want to re-read the book.

On the Blog

  • Found Money Update January – March, 2015 I made a change to the way I reported Found Money with this update. And in the comments, Melissa tells us about how she used the found money method to help pay for a big family expense.

Around the Web

  • Seth Godin is thinking about money, and when Seth thinks, it’s always a good thing. Among his observations: Within very wide bands, more money doesn’t make people happier. Learning how to think about money, though, usually does.
  • Value Penguin invited me to do an interview for their site, and one of the questions they asked me was if I thought there was an area of personal finance that there weren’t enough resources on? You can click through to see what I said, but I’m curious how you would answer that question? Any thoughts?

Finally, I can’t let April go without acknowledging that this was the month we lost my father-in-law. It was equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. Heartbreaking for obvious reasons, but inspiring because I got to witness a family (my mother-in-law, her 9 kids, 21 grandkids, + all the accompanying spouses and great grandkids) come together to strengthen one another, comfort each other and celebrate the life of a great man. It was a bittersweet time and one I’ll never forget. I felt privileged to be a part of it.

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