The Friday Feast ~ the 29th of May

I love learning. Always have. So when I find a blog or writer that interests me I devour everything I can find. Every day I move countless amazing articles from an array of  frugal, simple living, FI-minded writers into my Amazing Reads folder to be read at my leisure. These articles inspire me and the Mr. to think about things in different ways, to keep open minds and to constantly keep learning so we can be the best possible us.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Becoming Minimalist, Riskology, the Non-Consumer Advocate, Frugalwoods, Wealthy Winters.

readingHere are my picks for this week’s Feast. I hope they inspire you to set financial goals and take control over your heart, mind and – yes, your pocketbook.  There is a fire lit within each and every one of us, and the sooner we find that flame, the quicker we can use it for the energy we need to master our own happiness. Continue reading “The Friday Feast ~ the 29th of May”

Downsizing my photo equipment? What?!?

Well, I finally did it.  In the name of both frugality and minimalism (and maybe a little thinking ahead), I decided to officially buy into a camera system that is significantly smaller, lighter and easier to carry with me than my current – and much-beloved, Nikon-based camera system.

From our Memorial Day 2015 hike to Tanque Verde Falls.
From our Memorial Day 2015 hike to Tanque Verde Falls.

Everybody likes getting new stuff.  It was not easy to press that ‘Buy Now’ button for my new (to me) photography equipment, though.

Imagine for a moment working with a particular brand or type of equipment for years and years, and one day making the decision to sell it all.  The reasons for my switch are in my best interest, but still, letting go of the equipment that I’ve used, practiced with and know so well is still a bitter-sweet moment. Continue reading “Downsizing my photo equipment? What?!?”

Question time: Do you give money to beggars?

It is not that my area of the country is especially prone to a heavy begging population.  But nevertheless, there is a big enough population of beggars in my neck of the woods that makes this question a tough one to ignore.  Here, they stand on street corners holding “Help me” signs in the hopes that a driver will roll down their window and give them some money.  A couple of these beggars brazenly puff on a cigarette while holding their cardboard-slated pleas for help.

My question for you: Do you give to beggars? Continue reading “Question time: Do you give money to beggars?”

The Friday Feast ~ the 22nd of May

I love learning. Always have. So when I find a blog or writer that interests me I devour everything I can find. Every day I move countless amazing articles from an array of  frugal, simple living, FI-minded writers into my Amazing Reads folder to be read at my leisure. These articles inspire me and the Mr. to think about things in different ways, to keep open minds and to constantly keep learning so we can be the best possible us.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Mr. Money Mustache, Penniless Parenting, Money Mozart, Dharma Wanderlust, Mad Fientist, Even Steven Money.

readingHere are my picks for this week’s Feast. I hope they inspire you to set financial goals and take control over your heart, mind and – yes, your pocketbook.  There is a fire lit within each and every one of us, and the sooner we find that flame, the quicker we can use it for the energy we need to master our own happiness. Continue reading “The Friday Feast ~ the 22nd of May”

I am a freedom fighter!

Let’s face it – this early retirement stuff just isn’t normal.  We save aggressively.  We say “no” to our friends a lot more than we would ordinarily like to do.  We subscribe only to the most basic television service and keep our cell phone plan as “low end” as possible. This can only mean one … Continue reading I am a freedom fighter!

Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness

Is it any wonder why the average retirement age in the United States has crept up past the 60 year old mark (62 according to Gallup)?  If the stats that were graciously put together all in one spot from Becoming Minimalist are any clue, then this retirement phenomenon, unfortunately, should come as no surprise.

Let’s take a look at a couple of my favorites from the article.

The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).

Wow!  Lifestyle inflation at the maximum.  Complete with large foyers, huge entertainment / game rooms, over-sized kitchens and an expansive garage (aka “storage space”), these mega-homes are becoming more and more normal in the United States.  Huge homes are nice to look at, but they also need to be maintained.  Maintenance on large homes is not cheap. Speaking of garage space… Continue reading “Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness”

The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of May

I love learning. Always have. So when I find a blog or writer that interests me I devour everything I can find. Every day I move countless amazing articles from an array of  frugal, simple living, FI-minded writers into my Amazing Reads folder to be read at my leisure. These articles inspire me and the Mr. to think about things in different ways, to keep open minds and to constantly keep learning so we can be the best possible us.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Fervant Finance, Even Steven Money, Dharma Wanderlust, Sincere Spaces, Eyes on the Dollar.

readingHere are my picks for this week’s Feast. I hope they inspire you to set financial goals and take control over your heart, mind and – yes, your pocketbook.  There is a fire lit within each and every one of us, and the sooner we find that flame, the quicker we can use it for the energy we need to master our own happiness. Continue reading “The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of May”

Life is short, so live a little…they say

“Life is too short.  I wanna have some fun now.”  Or, maybe it goes something like “Life’s short, live a little”.  However it is said, the underlying point remains pretty clear: don’t delay your ability to spend some serious cash.  After all, “life is short”.

And you know what?  I agree.  I 100% agree that life is too short and, well, let’s have some damn fun before it is too late, shall we?

Working until you are 60 or older does not sound like much fun to me.  Life is short, so why spend the most productive years of your life in an office?  Live a little, damnit.  Live!

Courtney and me on a San Francisco brunch cruise
The wife and me in San Francisco

To me, the best way to ensure a lifetime of having fun is to not work a day past your 40th birthday (or, perhaps better said, be financially independent by then).

Imagine for a minute hopelessly trying to blow out that trick candle that one of your jackass friends placed on your 40th birthday cake and thinking to yourself how freakishly awesome life is going to be in your 40s and beyond not commuting into an office, answering to managers, filling out status reports or delivering PowerPoint presentations.  Ladies and gentlemen, this sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to me! Continue reading “Life is short, so live a little…they say”