Wow. I Did Not See that Coming

Posted by Marko on August 17, 2018 in Off Topic |

There have been some exciting developments happening in my world lately. A couple of fantastic opportunities I’ve never before considered have presented themselves — and some of them have to do with this blog and my new e-book. As things take shape, I’ll give you more details. For now I’ll just say, wow. I didn’t […]


Why I Love Budgets. And You Should Too!

Posted by Marko on August 7, 2018 in Off Topic |

I’ve always kept a budget, but the method by which I keep track of my spending has evolved over the years. When I first started out, I budgeted by calculating my monthly expenses, and then dividing them by two. I got paid twice each month, so I would deduct half of my monthly expenses from […]


Why I Love to Pay Bills

Posted by Marko on July 26, 2018 in Off Topic |

I guess I’m on a “why I love” kick this week. But the title is true. I really do love to pay bills. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t always loved to pay bills. In fact, there was a year-long period after my first son was born that even the thought of paying bills made […]


Too Many Commitments = Sickness

Posted by Marko on June 19, 2018 in Off Topic |

We try to keep a moderate schedule. My oldest son is typically in one or two extracurricular activities that never require more than a couple of hours one or two evenings each week. This spring, however, we agreed to let my son play soccer. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but my son also […]


Take this Job and Shove It!

Posted by Marko on June 12, 2018 in Off Topic |

Okay, so it didn’t go quite like that. But I did quit my job. Last Friday was my final day. It wasn’t a sudden decision. I had been planning to leave for months. A change in company ownership created a new atmosphere in which I didn’t care to participate. But the reasons I left aren’t nearly as important as the […]


Temporarily Unsettled

Posted by Marko on June 6, 2018 in Off Topic |

Warning! This post might get a little deep. If you’re not into the whole meaning of life question, you’ll probably want to skip this one. Still with me? OK, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m at a crossroads in my life. It’s one of those big […]


To Write or Not to Write

Posted by Marko on May 28, 2018 in Off Topic |

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet over here. I spent the last week taking a much needed digital break. It helps to get away from the hyper-connectedness of the digital world every once in awhile. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend a digital break. My family and […]


Letting go

Posted by Marko on May 20, 2018 in Off Topic |

When we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, it can be difficult to let go of our current circumstances and jump into the unknown. Sometimes clinging to the familiar — no matter how painful — is more comfortable than exploring the unfamiliar. Today I want to invite you to become uncomfortable. If you’re […]


Advertising Messages and You

Posted by Marko on May 13, 2018 in Off Topic |

Think back to the last time you picked up a magazine or catalog and walked away from it feeling better about yourself. If you’re having a hard time remembering such a time, you’re not alone. The only way you would likely feel better about yourself is if you purchased a product you “discovered” by reading […]


Personal Finance in Personal Relationships

Posted by Marko on May 5, 2018 in Off Topic |

Sometimes I have to stop and realize that not all people feel comfortable discussing personal finances. I’ve always enjoyed discussing money matters, but this may be because I feel that money management is separate from a person’s character. Unless someone is intentionally being dishonest, learning to properly manage money is typically just about learning how. […]

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