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Vacation

That generous vacation package might not be as nice as you thought

At my former company (before retirement ), employees could take as much vacation as they want. It's virtually limitless, within reason. Vacation time isn't "accrued". You take it when you need it, as much as you want. At first blush, this seems pretty damn sweet. As much vacation as you want? Score! Here is the rub: My company also tracked your utilization time, which is time spent directly in support of a billable contract to a client. The gr
Aug 8, 2016·4 min read
How to Think

It is okay to love your job! Really, it is!

Do you love your job? Love it enough to keep doing it until 2/3rds of your life is behind you? If that answer is yes, more power to you.
Jun 20, 2016·5 min read
How to Think

Magic of the stock market revealed in a year

This morning I continued my weekly ritual of glancing at how our stocks are doing in the market. Hey, look at that - another up-tick. Believe me, the realization that just a few months ago, I was about $80,000 poorer is definitely not lost on me. But as of today, all our losses over the past year have been regained - and then some. Looking back over our investment portfolio's recent history, I realized something amazingly powerful. To anyone who doesn't quite understand the stock market and how
May 18, 2016·4 min read
How to Think

What a layoff at work taught me about jobs

After working for this company for four years, I was given my official layoff notice with a month's severance package. I was completely blindsided.
Apr 4, 2016·5 min read
How to Retire

Making retirement work even though market weirdness

My wife and I are being stubborn - there is no way that we're going to let market conditions this year (and the last half of 2015) effect our planned retirement target - end of 2016 for me and February of 2017 for my wife. But, we are also facing the cold hard facts: we probably won't have as much money going into retirement that we had initially thought. We made our cash projections in early 2015 when the market was doing fairly well. Our estimates were conservative, but certainly not THIS cons
Jan 27, 2016·4 min read
How to Retire

Financial independence is not just for the "rich" or wealthy

Though early financial independence is not a luxury designed only for high income earners, there is no getting around the fact that higher incomes make the whole early FI process quicker.
Dec 9, 2015·6 min read
How to Think

Charting my stock market performance over the years

I decided to login to my Vanguard account to take a look at my market performance over the years. I'm seeing mostly green with a couple areas of red (hello 2015 market correction!).
Nov 28, 2015·3 min read
How to Think

Six simple techniques I use to work smarter, not harder

Over the course of my working life in an office, I learned something quite profound: hard work plays second fiddle to smart work. Work smarter, not harder. Get more done in less time.
Nov 2, 2015·7 min read
How to Think

Happy Halloween and some dreadfully scary statistics

Good day, my spooky little ghosts and goblins. Today, I have nothing of real value to report other than to wish you the scariest Halloween that you've ever had - literally, I hope the snot gets scared right out of you. Helps with congestion, after all.
Oct 31, 2015·2 min read
How to Think

How to rock your next interview and get the job

Remember: an interview is not only a means to judge your qualifications for a particular job. An interview is also a means to judge YOU. Show up on time. Dress nicely. Get the job!
Oct 7, 2015·8 min read
How to Save

How much is your job really costing you?

More times than not, our job is slowly and mercilessly killing our hourly wage by "forcing" us to spend more than we think in order to maintain that job.
Sep 23, 2015·6 min read
How to Retire

Our Next Life series: Part 1 - Quitting!

Welcome to the first exciting installment of the 4-part article series "Our Next Life". In many ways, I was on top of the world. Nothing could touch me. Move out of the way, world, because I'm coming through.
Sep 4, 2015·6 min read