About Me


Hello! What is it that you wanted to know about me?  I’m a writer, although I have yet to make a career out of it.  But I love writing, so I do it even without renumeration.  I’m sorry that I sometimes use big words in long, overextended sentences; one of my former bosses used to enthusiastically point out that I was too wordy, and this sentence proves she was right.

I’m also a lawyer, although I’m not practicing right now.  I had a dream job teaching and running programs at a law school, but I walked away from it.  Now I’m a full-time stay-at-home mom, which doesn’t sound very impressive, but I’m learning that unimpressive is O.K.  Right now, being home full-time works for me and my family, and the truth is I love it.  I may walk back to my dream job one day, but not yet.

I have other things to do first, like write this blog.  I started The Daily Citron in 2009, to keep track of the useful information I was learning about money management.  At the time, my husband and I had great incomes, but we weren’t very conscious about our spending, so every month we watched a large chunk of our paychecks go towards debt payments.  We weren’t in complete financial crisis, in the sense of bankruptcy or foreclosure, but we realized that our financial habits were taking us down a road that wasn’t bringing us happiness or satisfaction.

I spent many late nights devouring blogs and books about personal finance until I was able to understand the obvious: we needed to learn the skills of saving our money, managing it well, and then spending it happily, on things that were truly important to us.  It took a few years of dedication to those principles to turn our finances around, but we did it.  We still have a long way to go until true financial independence (i.e., living without any debt so that we’re completely free to spend our money as we wish), but we’re on our way, and that feels good.

As we made changes to our family’s lifestyle, habits, and attitudes towards money I documented those changes in this blog.  My husband and daughters have tolerated my new-found enthusiasm for saving money amazingly well, and have been willing to indulge me in various frugal experiments time and time again.  Want an example?  Check out the Cash-Only Challenge series.

There’s something about improving an area in one’s life that is contagious- suddenly all areas of life become candidates for improvement.  Once we had our finances under control, I started thinking about other areas in my life that were epic fails could use improvement.  I wanted to be a better cook, a better parent, a better home organizer (our chronically disorganized house is the epic fail I was referring to), and maybe even learn to garden.  So I set goals and got to work learning about each of those things.  I always try to share the best tips that I find, so check out the pages on cookingparentingorganizing, and gardening.

Anything else you want to know?  Oh, our family eats a Paleo diet.  That means we eat lots of vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, eggs and nuts, but no grains, milk, processed food, or excessive sugar.  Weird, right?  We initially started the diet to help one family member’s autoimmune disease, but unexpectedly we all ended up seeing resolutions to chronic health problems, so we’re sticking with it for as long as it helps us.

This sounds nerdy, but I love the process of learning how to do things better, whether it’s finding the best money-saving strategies, trying out different home organizing techniques, tinkering with our parenting approach, or discovering great recipes.  And lo and behold, in the process of continual self-improvement lies the happiness and satisfaction that I was looking for.  

I hope you find lots of good stuff here to help you find happiness and satisfaction in your own life.  Sign up for the free Daily Citron Weekly Newsletter so that you don’t miss any new tips!

See you around,

+Viva Harris