Sure it sucks. “It” being lots of things. The economy, the job market, my love life…

But, it’s been a long standing philosophy of mine to find a good thing in everything bad that’s going on.  (Also, that something good happens every day, you just have to find it. It might be little, but it’s there!)

Even then Consumerist agrees.

The stock market keeps falling? Now’s the time to buy!

You got laid off? Volunteer for a group you didn’t have time to work with before, change fields, take a class, read those books you’ve been meaning to read for months/years. Breathe.

Don’t have the money to go out and do stuff? Spend some time with family and friends playing board games.

Don’t have the money to go out for dinner? Have a pot luck dinner with friends. For a few dollars, you can create a great meal and good times.

(SIDE NOTE: Some other feel good things you can do for mostly free:  Write letters to friends to say hello… Go to the library and ask for a recommendation on a book from a stranger… Bake cookies and take them to the neighbor you’ve never really talked to…Say hello to someone new, smile at a stranger, take a walk with your camera through your neighborhood…)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Maybe this economic downturn isn’t going to be the worst thing to happen to my generation. Maybe we’ll come out kinder, more relaxed, more thoughtful and more connected from all of this…

What do you think?


I was reading blogs this morning and saw this post. She talkes about getting some stock in GM (about $100 worth – and at $2-$4 a share, that’s quite a few shares…)

(Simple math folks:  if I got 50 shares at $2 a share and it went up to $20 a share. Well, I have my 50 shares and they’re now at $20 a share so then I have $1,000. If it returns to $30 a share then it’s $1,500. Or am I missing something?)

I actually had a similar thought not too long ago. Not specifically about GM, but about the low priced stocks.

Any thoughts? I figure the stock market is like Vegas, “Don’t put anything in you can’t afford to lose.”  and I’d have to look at some things, but I could probably afford to lose $100. I did get that bonus after all…and it’s not ALL gone.

Thoughts? Can you even buy that little of stock?

If enough of us bought $100 worth of stock would it help the market or be wasted money? This turn around won’t happen over night, but I have faith that it will happen.