Definition of the word “Frugal”

I hate the sound of the word “frugal” but maybe that’s just what society has done to me. When you look at the Latin root of the word, it’s actually rather pretty:

“Frugal” shares a Latin root with frug (meaning virtue), frux (meaning fruit or value) and frui (meaning to enjoy or have the use of). In other words, “frugality” is enjoying the virtue of getting good value for every minute of your life and from everything you have the use of.

I read this in the book Your Money or Your Life which is awesome enough to deserve its own post.

The voice that says “no”

It was July of this year. I was contemplating starting a blog about simple living, frugality, and other money/lifestyle topics. I floated the idea by my friend Mike (whose blog and lifestyle I admire), and he essentially wrote back “go for it!”

Fast forward to yesterday. I hung out with Mike and thought to myself, “I still haven’t started the blog. What’s holding me back?” My inner voice answered, “everything’s already been written before, we’re all reading the same books & blogs, and you can’t go head-to-head with the established Big Guys, so what value can you add to the discussion?”

Hold on a second. If I’m going to let The Voice that says “no” overrule me on the insignificant decision of whether or not to start a blog, what power will that voice have over my important decisions!?

The moral here is that even if you have no argument that will overrule the The Voice in a debate, that voice is just a little gnat and you’re a big person, so stop listening to it and start doing the things you want to do.

So even if I have nothing to add and nobody ever reads this, starting this blog is a my personal “up yours” to the voice that says “no”.