This is the first entry in an eight part series exploring the connections between your finances and other areas of your life.

This past Monday, as I was writing the introduction to the weekly Reader Mailbag, I made the observation that a big part of my personal finance journey over the past several years has been discovering the connection between personal finance and the many other “spheres” of my life.

I tend to view life as a bunch of “spheres,” or areas of focus. I really like Michael Hyatt’s list of nine such “spheres”: physical, mental/spiritual, intellectual, social, marital, parental, avocational (hobbies), vocational, and financial – they cover much of what life is all about.

At an earlier point in my life, I viewed those spheres as being fairly distinct from each other. What I’ve really come to appreciate in recent years is that those areas are…

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