5 Declarations to Improve Your Financial Situation Now

“Egad, Brain!”

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Remember when Pinky used to make this exclamation to his power-hungry partner in the 90s cartoon “Pinky and the Brain”? That’s how I feel when I realise that the year is near done (and that I haven’t posted in sooo long!). It’s so crazy, but we all know that time waits on NO ONE. That being said, now is as good a time as ever to post, and make sure that Merry Sole still has some life in it. The truth is, work had me crazy busy the last few months, and I made a hot mess of managing my time. Having graduated in October made me reflect, “How come I’m doing such a sucky job now and before I used to do all this and still prepare for exams or write a thesis??” Maybe I have to re-adjust to life without the pressure. It makes me think of how the the ground can have cracks forming when layers of overlying rock are removed. (Couldn’t help that one – I teach Geography!)

One thing that has really got my attention now is money. Specifically, how I can improve my financial situation – less debt, more savings, more investments, more peace of mind. I’ve got nearly 100 pins on Pinterest that take me to these great sites with loads of financial advice. But I still haven’t put into action all the advice I read. To be honest, the road to financial freedom seems so scary at times, with all the sacrificing and discipline that will be necessary. But the thought of financial security is so blissful, it makes everything seem worthwhile to achieve it. I just need some help getting on the road and staying on it!

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Happy Birthday!!! ^0^

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As if I was going to forget Merry Sole’s birthday! It seems like I barely made it, given that I’ve been MIA for the last few months. But I did, and it’s worth celebrating no matter how I got here. Is Merry Sole exactly where I want it to be? Not even close. While my plans on number of posts I’d have written, the number of followers I would have had, and the design of the blog have not reached fruition, I’m so happy to say that despite the distractions and subsequent neglect, that I technically still have a blog.

Now, I didn’t plan to write this part. Honest. But writing the first few lines instantly set off something in my mind. It’s a timely reminder that, personally, I’m not where I would have wanted to be in life by now, but a hopeful, positive attitude goes a loooong way. If I take stock of all that has transpired up to this point, there is still much for which to be thankful. Plus, once I don’t lose sight of the goal, I can still enjoy the process of reaching it!

P.S. I was away for so long because I was finishing my thesis. Thanks be to God that it is finished!! *backflip* *jump up and high five a wall*

White Christians: Time to Get Woke

One voice can become many.

NATE LAKE

I should start by giving a disclaimer. I don’t claim to be completely “woke.” In fact, I’m probably far from woke. I’m trying to get woke, hence the title. I simply want other people like myself to try, simply attempt to get woke with me. 

I am as white as it gets. Nearly 100% European ancestry, mostly English. I grew up in a mostly white suburb and live in a mostly white town. I’m soon moving to a town that’s probably whiter than the one I live in now. I’m WHITE. I haven’t shielded myself from cultures different my own, but I haven’t exactly immersed myself in them.

However, for probably 10 years, I’ve truly appreciated many pieces of art created by brothers and sisters who do not share my skin color. In my middle school years, the rhymes of African-American and Christian rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. filled my headphones…

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Trailblazing

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

They say that you learn something new everyday. That was certainly true last Friday, when I learned, or so I thought, that “trailblaze” is technically incorrect. I went on a walk a few days ago with two friends, Davison and Orien, from work. Every other Friday, we leave school to go on trails, taking in the great scenery of the east coast of Barbados. Part of the trail took us through a field that recently had a fire. Davison  made an observation that really struck a chord with me.

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Elisha – 3 lessons on success for both introverts and extroverts

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There are some names in the Bible that just stand out – Abraham, Jacob, David, Peter, John (the Baptist). To be honest, Elisha was never one of them for me. But after reading a YouVersion Bible plan about him, I realised that he was one of those radical, straight-talking men of God who thought nothing of what people thought of him. His business was simply to do what God told him to do. For those of us who are less forward, we sometimes need some encouragement when we encounter the unexpected. For the ones who are more similar to Elisha, it’s easy to become so focused on what your goals are that you might neglect relationships, or forget about the bigger picture. But regardless of your personality type, you can apply these tips to your everyday lives.

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3 New Year Must-Haves

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Happy new year, all! It’s nearly the end of a whole month and I’m only now writing my first post of the year. Ha! And the funny thing about it is that I’ve been receiving quite a few emails and pinning several pins, all to do with improving my blogging in 2016. Smh…lol. I have to laugh, otherwise, I might become overwhelmed and become another statistic. I don’t want to be that blogger that couldn’t even make 10 posts, that couldn’t last 6 months, let alone a year.

Speaking of year, 2016 seems to be a pretty hopeful one. Granted, I think most people tend to have a positive outlook when they have to change their calendar. Just the thought of something new is enough to invigorate even the most faithless of hearts. But I think there’s still something special about this year.

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