My Top 3 Homemade Household Recipes

Last week I talked about my top 5 frugal rules, including knowing when to do it yourself. Today I want to go over a few of the recipes I use around the house that lower my overall costs: laundry detergent, moisturizer, and face wash.
All 3 of these recipes can be made using essential oils, so before I go into further detail I’m to talk about where I get my essential oils (non-affiliate pitch, I promise).
I buy all of my essential oils from Edens Garden. They have quality essential oils, very affordable prices, and have the option to create your own custom sets. I have used them from the beginning I cannot imagine changing. I have used doTerra and Young Living and see no difference in the quality but a significant difference in the price. I highly recommend checking them out!
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Becoming A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia

I’m finally about halfway through with my residency and about halfway to becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Virginia. When I’m mentioned this before, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about people being surprised at how much was involved in becoming a licensed therapist. Today I’m going to dive into the requirements for Virginia LMFTs and my journey.
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My Top 5 Frugal Rules

Living the frugal life is not always fun and games. Most of the time, the frugal life is irritating in one way or another. But frugal people overlook the irritants in the now for the benefits in the future.
Think of it like a diet. Most of the time, you don’t start a diet thinking, realistically, that you will achieve your goal weight/shape/size overnight. Instead, you put in the work to bring about the future you want.
Personal finance works the same way. You have to put in the work to have a better future. Read more

Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (abbreviated DID) is a unique and intense psychological disorder. While this has previously been called Multiple Personality Disorder, DID is not a true personality disorder due to the nature of its dissociative symptoms.
Dissociation means separation or breaking. With DID, this is the separation is a separation of self or identity.
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Regional Yard Sale: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Most people are familiar with the concept of a yard sale: you go through your home and collect everything you no longer want or need, then you sell it on your front lawn.
This past weekend was a well known regional yard sale in my area. It’s basically 140 miles of yard sales from Virginia to North Carolina. This was both a good thing and a bad thing, as I’ve learned. There is a higher volume of traffic but also a lot of other sales, too.
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Blogging Break

Hello everyone!
I wanted to let you know I’m taking a short break from blogging this week and will be returning next week! I’ve been struggling a lot with motivation and finding the right topics for my blog so I’ll be taking the week to look at what I want and where I want Furry Finches to go.
 
Stay tuned to what gets rolled out next week!

Free 10 Day Personality Disorder Course

I’ve gotten some amazing feedback from you guys after some recent personality disorder posts I’ve written. As a result, I’ve put together an email course with more information about personality disorders!
I’ve written and assembled this course to provide information for educational purposes only. This information is not designed to diagnose, treat, or cure any mental illness. This course’s purpose is to provide you with information about personality disorders and encourage you to seek a professional in your area if you believe you or someone you care about may have a personality disorder.
I’ve included some common terms and definitions, different ways personality disorders are grouped, and bonus material! In addition, I’ve written 10 posts worth of information about different personality disorders that I’ve included in this course. You’ll also receive awesome extras with more information about all the current DSM personality disorders!
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Cutting My Own Hair: A Frugal Experiment

There are thousands of ways to save money and I’m trying to find out which ones work best for me. This week, I decided to try something incredibly daring: cutting my own hair. I’ve never talked about this before, but I am sensitive, and a little vain, when it comes to my hair. It’s my favorite part of me and I love it dearly. So this was an emotional experience for me.
I debated on cutting my own hair, taking several things into consideration:
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Goal Check-In: Day 200

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Today marks the 200th day of the year! That means it’s the 200th day of my 2016 goals, including my savings challenge. I posted an update at the 50-day100-day, and 150-day marks to help me stay accountable. I’ve made it a goal to post an update every 50 days to help hold myself accountable.
My savings have had a pretty significant change due to my decision to forego my original goal of saving $7557.95 then putting it towards my debt at the end of the year. This goal changed to paying a total of $7557.95 extra on my debts throughout the year.
Here is my 200-day savings update:
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