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Wow. 2014. What an amazingly hectic, surprising, up-lifting, life-changing year.  You’ve already seen my husband’s reflections on the past year, so I thought I would share my take as well. 2014 will definitely go down in my personal history as the year that changed EVERYTHING.
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 […]
New Years resolutions are overrated.  Every year, we Americans resolve to do many things, like lose weight, get that job promotion, quit smoking or save more money.  We constantly look towards the future and the new things that we want to do, forgetting to reflect on what worked for us (and what didn’t) in our past.
I admit it – I spent the majority of my early working life looking for the next big promotion.  Everybody wants to be the boss, and I drove into work each and every day with a big smile on my face, making a conscious effort to say the right things around the right people, to better […]
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 […]
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 […]
Throughout these pages, I painstakingly chronicle (preach?) the things that my wife and I have done to minimize our lifestyle, think happy thoughts and focus on true financial independence and happiness – with a little bit of retirement thrown in.  I have improved a hell of a lot over the past couple of years, but […]
In my ripe old age of 34, I honestly don’t spend money on much any more.  After realizing that useless “stuff” doesn’t buy happiness, I’m left with piles of left over cash that used to be spent on junk that usually ended up in the corner of my garage or back of my closet.  Instead, travel […]
Opinions are like assholes – everybody has one.  That adage may be a bit rough, but it is tough to argue with – even if those opinions are disguised as so-called “financial advice”.  Opinions are everywhere and always will be.  People have opinions about everything – sports, politics, finances, you name it.
They say that Thanksgiving is a time to recognize the things that you have – especially your friends and family – and give thanks for all those things in your life.  And usually, that’s exactly what we do this time of year.  But this year, surgery on one of our dogs turned this Thanksgiving holiday into […]