Reflecting on 2014 – The year that changed my life

Yesterday, I wrote about my yearly ritual of reflecting on what I did right, what I could have done better, and what truly made me happy over the past year.  2014 has been one hell of a year, and my happiness level has never been higher.  I’m happy.  I’m healthy.  I am on the path towards financial independence and retirement by 40.  Thanks 2014, you rock. Continue reading “Reflecting on 2014 – The year that changed my life”

Opinions wanted: How do you “live a little”?

Especially during the holidays, the temptation (and, in many ways, “expectation”) to splurge on some of life’s convenience or luxury items – otherwise known as “living a little”, surface in full swing.  As in rehabilitation, it is often helpful to talk about these vices and get them out in the open, admit to them, and then improve your mastery over your more spendy types of behavior.  Continue reading “Opinions wanted: How do you “live a little”?”

What I think of Mr. Money Mustache

If you have been around this whole early retirement business long enough online, chances are good that you have run across a web site called Mr. Money Mustache.  This guy retired from his software development job at the ripe old age of 30 and has spent the last several years enjoying his life doing things like taking his son to the park, riding his bike and generally basking in what he terms the “badassity” of early retirement.  Continue reading “What I think of Mr. Money Mustache”

5 steps to better gas mileage, guaranteed

Though I generally believe driving to be a miserable way to spend my time, I nonetheless drive when life calls: to the gym or grocery store, up to my in-laws’ house for holidays and other occasions and, every now and again, to my client’s fortress (also known as their “office”) nearly 1.5 hours away.  During these hours on the road, I realized something fairly shocking. Continue reading “5 steps to better gas mileage, guaranteed”

Give something more meaningful this Christmas

It’s the holiday season, and you are probably bombarded with two types of stimuli: the sweet, so-called kick-ass deals on stuff like big screen TVs, BluRay players, cell phones, clothes and even cars…or blogs (like this one) that caution against overspending and blowing your hard earned money on stupid gifts and useless luxury items that drain your pocketbook.  Continue reading “Give something more meaningful this Christmas”