The Optimizer

LET’S GET READDDDDDDYYYYYYY TO RUMMMMMMMMBBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE” Deaf­en­ing cheers from the crowd fill the air as heavy bass is pumped into the room. Strobe lights flash. The antic­i­pa­tion is pal­pa­ble. All of the sud­den, a con­cen­trat­ed beam of light appears on the announc­er stand­ing towards the front of the ring. All eyes focus on him as the cheers … Read more

Giving Thanks 2017

Anoth­er Thanks­giv­ing is upon us! Out of all the hol­i­days, Thanks­giv­ing is one of my favorites. It’s less con­­sumer-dri­ven than oth­er hol­i­days despite the retail market’s best efforts, the weath­er isn’t super cold, I get extra days off from work, peo­ple type what they’re grate­ful for all month long online, and there’s tons of deli­cious foods … Read more

I’m Turning Down 2.7 Million Dollars

That’s right, you read that head­line cor­rect­ly. By quit­ting my job, or in cor­po­rate office jar­gon “resign­ing my posi­tion”, I am turn­ing down the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn at least 2.7 mil­lion dol­lars. (Based on my cur­rent salary and assum­ing I wouldn’t get rais­es or pro­mo­tions.) That’s like get­ting a lot­tery tick­et, win­ning, say­ing no thanks, pour­ing lighter flu­id on it, … Read more

Two Years with Project Fi

It’s time for anoth­er update on my awe­some phone plan, Google’s Project FI. I wrote one post when I switched and anoth­er post last year with my impres­sions of the plan. As a quick recap, I was on a grand­fa­thered unlim­it­ed data plan with Ver­i­zon until late 2015 when they announced they were jack­ing up the costs to $110/mo. My … Read more

Monthly Status Report: September 2017

I’m typ­ing this from the lush and beau­ti­ful Ecuado­ri­an Chau­tauqua! All this trav­el has been throw­ing my sched­ule of but bet­ter late than nev­er I guess… I can’t wait to share every­thing I’ve learned this week with you! Beun dia! Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! … Read more

Book Review: Overlap

This post may include affil­i­ate links. Please see my dis­claimer page for more infor­ma­tion. When I was younger, I would spend hours upon hours read­ing books. All sorts of books from YA fic­tion to biogra­phies to ran­dom books like Monop­oly strate­gies (I need­ed the help- my mom is killer at Monop­oly!). This love of read­ing con­tin­ues today, … Read more

Thrashing the Early Retirement Threshold

I’ve start­ing lis­ten­ing to a lot more pod­casts and audio books now that I’m dri­ving 5+ hours to see my boyfriend. It’s more pro­duc­tive and just about as enter­tain­ing as doing car-eoke. (But way eas­i­er on my voice!) These pod­casts and audio books aren’t just for enter­tain­ment, though. I want­ed to put the time to good use. … Read more

You Suck.…. and It’s Ok

Very few peo­ple can try out a new skill and be per­fect from the start. Sad­ly for my inner type A per­fec­tion­ist per­son­al­i­ty, I am not one of those peo­ple. I’ve tried a num­ber of new activ­i­ties late­ly and sucked at the vast major­i­ty of them. But you know what? It’s per­fect­ly ok to suck at some­thing. The impor­tant part … Read more

Confessions of a Bad Mustachian

A brief intro­duc­tion before we begin: Mr. Mon­ey Mus­tache is arguably one of the biggest names in the FIRE sphere. He retired at the age of 33 and has been writ­ing his blog for the last 6 years. You can find him at Mr. Mon­ey Mus­tache, or as I and many oth­ers know him, Pete, is … Read more

Monthly Status Report: May 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more