GRAND-Do You Love Your Place?

GRAND-Do You Love Your Place?

Generosity When Krista and I were living in Oregon (it still seems strange to say that) we lived an incredibly hectic lifestyle. It wasn't uncommon for us to have 3-4 weekly evening commitments every single week, sometimes more. We are rejoicing for the change of pace in our new setting and vocations. We have so much more control over how we spend our free time, and we are purposefully holding … [Read more...]

How to Choose Mutual Funds

How to Choose Mutual Funds

The biggest concern of people we speak with about investing is how to choose investments. We always recommend mutual funds because of their diversity and that's often met with similar anxiety. It's important to know just a few key pieces of information about a mutual fund in order to make an informed decision, as well as knowing what resources are out there to help you choose. While we aren't … [Read more...]

3 Signs You’re Becoming a Money Zombie

3 Signs You’re Becoming a Money Zombie

In Case You Have No Idea What a Zombie Is If you haven't noticed, zombies are riding a wave of cultural intrigue. Popular books such as Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide, films like Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, and World War Z (also based on another zombie book by Brooks) and the aptly named TV series The Walking Dead have made the undead the sweethearts of pop culture. The internet is flush … [Read more...]

GRAND – World Records and New Dreams

GRAND – World Records and New Dreams

Generosity Since I've made this section pretty long as of late, I'll just point out a cool person in our lives that we love supporting because of who he is and how he chooses to spend his time. His name is Ian. He used to work with Jon as an intern back in Newberg and his life is all about service - as a teacher and lover of children. We were always impressed by his care with the middle school … [Read more...]

Can You Afford Your Pet?

Can You Afford Your Pet?

An Invitation to Conversation People who know me well have often heard me say "I hate animals." Honestly I usually say I hate animals to see how people react, you'd be surprised how much people freak out when I say that. So before I even begin let me admit my bias, I'm not a fan of pets or of animals in general. I fully understand why people are enamored with their animals, but that just hasn't … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Using an Online Bank

Pros and Cons of Using an Online Bank

Jon and I switched to an online bank a few months ago. We've enjoyed the simplicity of it with all the chaos of moving but now that we're fairly settled we're noticing some downsides to using an exclusively online bank. Pros Incredible interest rates I'm using incredible in context, anything less than a percent is not a great interest rate but lately .85% seems pretty spectacular compared … [Read more...]

GRAND – The Lost Art of Listening

GRAND – The Lost Art of Listening

Generosity Let's talk about active listening. If you haven't taken an intro to counseling course you may not have heard this term, but it's an essential part of my job. Most of my week consists of one on one meetings with students, ranging from health and wellness check ins to leadership development and event planning. What I've noticed as a professional in student development is the essential … [Read more...]

How To Be Good With Money? Practice!

How To Be Good With Money? Practice!

How do we not get this? What do you do for work? Maybe you're an accountant, own a business, work in education (like Krista and I) or are a contractor, do you think you are good at your job? How did you get good at it, did you start out that way? I recently wrote about how I feel like I suck at my job, and I'm glad I wrote about it. It has been incredibly freeing to admit there are countless … [Read more...]

Trading and Bartering: Underrated Ways to Get What You Need

Trading and Bartering: Underrated Ways to Get What You Need

I'm really short. Well below average. One of the pitfalls of being well below average height is that pants are a problem. Even in the petite section the hem is usually 2-3 inches too long and for most of my life I've struggled with the cuff/roll/drag-the-pants-on-the-ground debate that accompanies most short people. I was reminded last weekend of a time in college when I was somewhat fed up … [Read more...]

GRAND-Competition or Collaboration?

GRAND-Competition or Collaboration?

Generosity If you read our GRAND update from a few weeks ago, you know that I recently confessed my insecurities about how I was doing at my job. This week I've been on the road in northern NY visiting local high schools and representing Houghton College at college fairs. Choosing a college is a really big deal, and a monumental decision for a young person to make. Many high school seniors have … [Read more...]