I've been home for less than 72 hours and I already feel immensely more rested than I did this time last week.
I haven't spent a significant amount of time in Massachusetts during the summer since college, so it truly feels like vacation, even if all I'm doing is bumming around my hometown.
Yesterday, I enjoyed a New England summer thunderstorm from the comfort of my parents' living room. Every window in the house was still open and the cool air quickly moved through the entire first floor. I could hear every raindrop as it pelted the roof, the surrounding trees, the window boxes.
A few kids rode through the rain on bikes. A neighbor down the street didn't allow the storm to disrupt his afternoon plans to mow the lawn. I hung out on the couch, computer in lap, and wrote.
I've been overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude lately and having a supportive family is just one of the reasons why.
In case you missed it, here's what I shared this week:
Looking for some Sunday reading?
I've got you covered with some of my favorite posts from this week:
Jason from Dividend Mantra asked his readers Are You Just Treading Water? and pointed out that with the average American personal savings rate at 5%, it's nearly impossible to get ahead.
Kali from Common Sense Millennial gave us a swift kick to the pants with Millennials, Stop Putting Your Money in the Mattress. The good news is that millennials are dominating other age groups when it comes to saving money, but we have an irrational fear of investing.
Ryan from Impersonal Finance hit us with the painful reminder, do the math: cable. He proves that making seemingly small lifestyle choices can add up to significant amounts of wealth by retirement.
Holly from Club Thrifty penned the conversation provoking article, Why Women Earn Less Than Men – A Woman’s Perspective. Holly points to several experts who offer advice in advocating and insisting on a system that ensures equal pay for equal work.
Readers: What are your favorite things to enjoy while taking a few days off in your hometown?