October in Words+Money

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I love reading monthly reports from bloggers, seeing what they value enough to track and how those things build and change over time. These are the categories I plan to share here: a few praises, books finished, articles read, Google rabbit holes I fell down, and how I spent my pocket money.

October got off to a rough start, but just when the weather starts to cool down, I rev up and am ready to do all the things. My mood shouldn’t track with the Arkansas heat and humidity, but I guess just knowing that can help me prepare for next year!


Pretty self-explanatory, this is a list of just three things I’m thankful for this month (though there are, obviously, countless others).
  1. The weather has finally cooled down and feels like fall.
  2. My 3yo son, Roger, is starting to show signs of being a real human and not a perpetual 3yo.
  3. A fruitful study in the book of John.


In this section, I list the books I’ve read this month + one quote instead of a summary. And I’m sure I finished another book, but if it’s not posted to Instagram, apparently it didn’t happen and my brain won’t remember?

Educated: A Memoir :: Tara Westover
“I could tolerate any form of cruelty better than kindness. Praise was a poison to me; I choked on it. I wanted the professor to shout at me, wanted it so deeply I felt dizzy from the deprivation. The ugliness of me had to be given expression. If it was not expressed in his voice, I would need to express it in mine.”

The Year of Less :: Cait Flanders
The full subtitle is quote enough!: “How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store.”

A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life :: Tara Button
“Advertising has done a fantastic job of making it cool not to be careful. It celebrates impulsiveness and sneers at anything that speaks of self-control. THis works for marketers, because the more we think things through, the less likely we are to buy something. What advertising wants from us is automatic responses.”


Honestly, I didn’t keep track of this…but I think it would be a worthwhile section to have for the future 😉

Worthwhile Google Searches/Rabbit Holes

From @racheladawson on Instagram
  • Powersheets
  • Intermittent fasting
  • FI/RE


In this section, I detail (or at least outline) where my spending money for the month went and how I feel about my choices.
  • Ipsy subscription – $10
    Canceled. Fun package to get every month, but it wasn’t enough to make me *love* makeup, plus I didn’t love everything they sent me (green eye shadow like every. single. month) and would rather free up that $10 for something I’ve chosen myself.
  • All the random junk food
    Like I said, I didn’t start out the month intending to document these things, so I’m a bit unprepared. But I did spend my money WAY too freely and early this month, so that I’ve been sneaking a pop while gassing up the car or taking a Chick-fil-A breakfast off the top of a freelance check meant to go to the student loan. Failure but lesson learned for budgeting better next month.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to or loving this month!

Published by MK Jorgenson

Thinking, writing, and talking about Christian stewardship in all of its facets.

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