Showing posts from February, 2014

Making the Most of Your Money

One of the good things to come out of the recession is a renewed awareness of re/upcycling and making due with what we have around the house.  Even though we've had to get on with less, we still live in an overwhelmingly consumer-based society and can probably withstand doing more with less while still being happy for it.

I'm currently having to trim the fat from my own budget and, as such, I'm grateful I've managed to allow some financial wisdom to seep into my subconscious after working in that sector for 7 years. I'm also lucky that I was raised by financially savvy parents who were into saving and not into keeping up with the Joneses.  I'm not a certified financial planner and I don't suggest there is an one-size-fits-all solution to financial health, but there are some common sense approaches we can all take to improve our financial position.

1) Spend within your means.  This sounds simple but how many of us don't do it? How many of us engage in m…

Ireland & County Pride

When I first moved to Ireland, one of my goals was to visit every county.  I did a fairly good job in those first few years.  I was a student, footloose & fancy free and enjoyed the open road.  I became particularly smitten with the lush beauty of County Limerick and the laid back vibe of uber-cool Galway city.  I walked the medieval streets of Kilkenny and hitchhiked from Tralee to Cork (in the early 90s, when it was still fairly safe to do so).  I visited Oliver Plunkett's shrunken(ish) head in Drogheda and the old, ruined monasteries of Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. In Ireland, you never run out of things to see and do.

As I got older and more settled, my frequent travels became less so.  And yet its never been easier to travel through Ireland. Bypass roads make the cross-country journey so short its ridiculous.  We might be a small country (relatively speaking, half the area of Washington State) but our culture is rich and this includes our county identities.  Once, while…