The Maya Angelou quote I mentioned is actually a Zora Neale Hurston quote (oops), and is from Their Eyes Were Watching God: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” You can find more Zora Neale Hurston quotes here (and quotes that are actually from Maya Angelou here).
One of the first places I ever heard the idea of time as currency was from a writer and thinkers who greatly influenced me as a young mother: Amy Dacyzyn. She writes about frugality from a practical perspective, but what I loved about her books most were the essays where she tied the idea of monetary frugality into a wider context of stewardship and value and investment and family (and she does it all with a self-deprecating humor and sense of adventure that make spending less sound super fun). I refer back to her ideas again and again, and can’t recommend her books highly enough. A short article where her work is discussed is here and a longer article with more background is here.
Read more about the idea of stewardship here. A broad interpretation of this definition forms the basis of the list I’ve created to work through during 2015, specifically by looking at the ideas of ownership, responsibility, accountability and reward (and because it’s me, I’m always working to see where these ideas fit into my life in the least lame, self-righteous way possible. There is no room at my house for a high horse, so we’re talking about the FUN kind of stewardship, where no one has a stick up their behind). The segments or topics I’ve already been examining this year, and which I’ll focus on in my monthly updates, include:
- health (fitness and food both)
- relationships (in my marriage, with my children, with friends)
- home & housekeeping
- work & career
- environment & the world beyond my home
And if you got an earworm, you can listen to I Would Walk 500 Miles on YouTube. You’re welcome.
Next post coming next week: segment #1, TIME. See you then!