As a young child, I would definitely look forward to the Christmas season. There was something magical about hearing the joyful carols on the radio, feeling the brisk chill of the breeze, seeing the houses adorned with sparkling lights, tasting the tangy flavour of sorrel, and smelling the enticing aroma of fruitcakes baking in the oven.
Like most children, I really anticipated the gifts that Santa should bring once I had been good all year round. It was hard to sit through Christmas morning church service wondering what was enclosed in those brightly wrapped parcels at the foot of my bed and under the Christmas tree.
As adults, while we may have lost the childlike awe of this season, many of us still yearn for the happiness of the holidays when we can enjoy family, food and fellowship. Although we may not admit it, some of us also secretly long for the presents and surprises that the holidays may bring. Continue reading Make a Difference with Your Holiday Gifts
When asked if they are satisfied with their financial situation, very few people will answer, “Yes!” Many will say that they wish that they had fewer bills to pay; had a better job; owned a home; worked for themselves; or that they just had more money to do what they wanted.
There is an old English rhyme which begins, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” It is easy to create a fantasy life by simply wishing it would happen; even paupers can live like princes in their dreams. However, in real life, wishes do not materialise unless they are backed by work.
If you would like to improve your money situation, don’t expect the process to be effortless. As our wise Jamaican saying advises, “If yuh want good, yuh nose haffi run.” To achieve your dreams, you have to be willing to work hard and persevere along the pathway until you attain your goal. Continue reading Jamaican Style Money Guide: If Yuh Want Good Yuh Nose Haffi Run
I regularly receive correspondence from readers asking me for advice on how to fix their money problems or accomplish some of their financial goals. While it’s possible to answer some questions in a few paragraphs, most queries would require an extended period of teaching to comprehensively address the issues of concern.
We live in an age of immediate gratification, and many people have become accustomed to getting fast solutions to their needs. Although today you can enjoy convenience foods, Google searches and instant messaging conversations, when you are looking for solutions to your money challenges, there really is no shortcut to success.
Take charge of your financial education
It took me many years of dedicated research and determined application to garner the wealth of knowledge about money that I am happy to share with you each week. I’m still learning new things all the time about what it takes to be successful with money, as there is always some lesson in life that can bring more insight and wisdom. Continue reading Six Ways to Learn About Money