I hope you all had wonderful Christmases. My extended break has been great: filled with friends, family, and time for myself — I’m taking time to recharge my batteries. I still plan to be scarce around here until after the first, but meanwhile here are a couple of stories from elsewhere:

  • “You can be happy. You can live the life you want to live,” writes Michael Montoure at Hack Yourself. “You can become the person you want to be.” This single-page website contains a fantastic essay about taking control of life using cognitive behavioral therapy (though it’s never mentioned by name). “We’re nothing but the stories we tell ourselves…If you don’t like the story your life has become — tell yourself a better one.” I love this.
  • Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity recently warned his readers to beware random missed payment letters. His girlfriend received a notice that she’d missed an insurance payment — but she didn’t carry insurance with the company that sent the letter! Though I see this sort of crap all the time at the box factory, I’ve only seen it a couple times at home. As Jim notes, it’s like snail mail phishing.
  • Lastly, a user at AskMetafilter wonders, “How do I deal with this debt?” This anonymous poster has over $66,000 in credit card debt, and spends around 25% of his monthly income just to cover the minimums. He’s looking for help getting control of the situation. If you, too, are deep in debt, you may find some useful tips in this thread.

I’m off to do some more pleasure reading. (Which means comic books, of course.)

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