Simplification. What’s Important? : “Everything That Remains” by the Minimalists

I’ve never been a hoarder. When you move throughout your childhood – living in 3 different houses in high school alone – you learn it’s easier to not have a lot of stuff. I moved from Washington DC to Seattle WA with 5 50-lb suitcases. But from Seattle to Tucson I had more. And then from … Continue reading Simplification. What’s Important? : “Everything That Remains” by the Minimalists

Crafting the Stories of our Lives: “A Million Years in a Thousand Days” by Donald Miller

I love to read non-fiction self-helpy type books that make me think. You might have guessed that from some of the Friday Feast articles I share. Self growth is very important to me. As the saying goes, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying” and in a large sense that’s true. Life is about learning, not only about the outside world but also about ourselves. What are our truths? What makes us Happy? Who are we? What are our stories?

donald-miller-million-miles-reviewThat last question is a new one for me. Steve and I think about our stories to come, our post-career lives when we can choose how we spend our days and the adventures we will have outside of full time jobs. That’s as close as I’ve come to “choosing my story”, a future daydream. That’s how most people choose their stories. But our real stories are what we’re doing right now…today. We are choosing the story of our life with each decision we make. What kind of story is it?

Donald Miller wrote an extremely interesting and inspiring book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“, that made me really think about the stories we are crafting with our lives. A Million Miles tells Donald’s story. Donald wrote a very successful memoir and then settled back into normal life.  It wasn’t until 2 film producers decided to make a movie out of his memoir and asked him to help edit and change his own life for the big screen that he began to question the life we was living. Continue reading “Crafting the Stories of our Lives: “A Million Years in a Thousand Days” by Donald Miller”

Jason Fieber’s “The Dividend Mantra Way” book review

Like the “good guy” in an exciting movie, Jason’s the kind of guy that you root for to win.  While I do not know Jason personally, I am an avid reader of his blog, Mr. Free At 33, and had the opportunity to read his new book, “The Dividend Mantra Way: Achieving Financial Independence By Living Below Your Means And Investing In Dividend Growth Stocks“.  Simply put, you will learn a hell of a lot in this book even if you think that you already have your investments nailed down.

The Dividend Mantra Way book reviewLike Jason, I am proud to say that I am on track towards financial independence and early retirement.  While I invest heavily in the stock market and do own a wide variety of dividend stocks, I still learned a good deal from this book.  It is always refreshing to hear an experienced investor talk about the very investment strategy that you’re using.  Never stop learning.

That is what this book is all about: learning.  In this book, Jason Fieber teaches how dividend investing works and how easy it can be to put your money to work for you.  This is a book that truly does teach you how to make dividend investing successful and worth while for you. Continue reading “Jason Fieber’s “The Dividend Mantra Way” book review”

Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-hour Work Week” book review

There are very few books that I would consider “Must Reads”.  I am not much of a reader, but when I do read, I always like to pick books that I can learn something from; something meaningful.  I can safely say that Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4-Hour Work Week” is one of the best books that I have read – available at Amazon.

4-hour work week by Tim FerrissAnd for one simple reason: it teaches you how to be successfully lazy.

No, wait.  Not “lazy”.  Economical.  It talks about how to take your regular 8 to 10 hour work day and maximize your productivity.  Imagine starting from a position of spending at least 40 hours a week in an office that you probably hate (or, at the very least, do not hold much emotional attachment to) and ending with the ability to complete your work from home, not taking more than a couple hours a day – all the while being more productive, useful and appreciated. Continue reading “Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-hour Work Week” book review”