Monthly Spending Report: December 2015

Whew! Decem­ber is a whirl­wind of weath­er, fam­i­ly and lots of dri­ving. The month start­ed out pret­ty calm­ly and ramped up the clos­er I got to Christ­mas. For­tu­nate­ly, I was able to take most of the lat­ter half of the month off from work, which helped me deal with every­thing. I had sev­er­al whoops this month that end­ed up … Read more

FI Showcase: Sonya!

I’m start­ing a new series today! On my ran­dom for­ays around the Inter­net, I occa­sion­al­ly run across peo­ple who have already retired ear­ly or are finan­cial­ly inde­pen­dent. Since that’s what we’re all work­ing towards, I find it inspi­ra­tional to read details on how they achieved their goals! That being said, let me intro­duce Sonya from Meowtel.com! At age 27, … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: November 2015

  Novem­ber passed in a flur­ry of events! Between all my activ­i­ties, events about town, friends vis­it­ing, our first big snow of the year and Thanks­giv­ing I hard­ly had a chance to sit down and catch my breath. I spent about 16 total hours dri­ving across 3 states for Thanks­giv­ing, but the qual­i­ty time with my fam­i­ly and all the … Read more

Balancing Travel and Savings

Like most peo­ple, I love going on vaca­tions. Some­one else cooks for a week in an exot­ic locale? Sign me up! But, trav­el­ing can get pricey fast. First class seats for the flights. 5 star hotels. Miche­lin starred restau­rants. Guid­ed tours. A per­son­al masseuse. Cham­pagne when­ev­er you want. Ok now I’m just detail­ing the life of an aver­age bil­lion­aire. … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: October 2015

  In last month’s spend­ing report, I said Octo­ber would be a fun and busy month. Lit­tle did I know that the last 31 days would beat every expec­ta­tion I had! My month start­ed off with my Mom com­ing into town for a ‘just-us-girls-week­end’. We had a blast wan­der­ing through the quilt show (and spend­ing tons of mon­ey on the … Read more

Lessons from the Chautauqua

If I’ve learned one thing dur­ing my 25 years on this Earth, it’s that peo­ple are full of advice. Some of that advice is ter­ri­ble. Some isn’t real­ly applic­a­ble to your life. How­ev­er, oth­er tid­bits offered by peo­ple have the poten­tial to change your entire life. That was the case at the Chau­tauqua last week. There … Read more

Chautauqua 2015: An FI Haven in Ecuador

Wow. What a week! I’m not sure how mere words can cap­ture how incred­i­ble the week was, but I’m going to give it a shot! First, let’s talk about the sur­round­ings. Ecuador is a gor­geous coun­try full of fas­ci­nat­ing things to see around every turn (and in the moun­tains, there’s a LOT of turns to be made). We saw … Read more

Rant n Rave: Hello Ecuador!

Rant: The only rant I can think of at this point is the mar­ket is inhibit­ing progress on my net worth goals. I’ve basi­cal­ly been flat for the last 2 months. Kind of dis­heart­en­ing, but I know I’ll see gains in the future when the mar­ket rebounds! Rave: After months of eager (and some­what impa­tient) wait­ing, the time … Read more

FI and Frugality

Finan­cial Inde­pen­dence and Fru­gal­i­ty often go hand in hand with one anoth­er. All one has to do is search Google and tons of fru­gal­i­ty blogs will pop up. A few of my favorites include Fru­gal­woods, Frugaling.org and Fru­gal­Rules. Let me be clear: I’m not bash­ing being fru­gal. I think it’s a great thing to incor­po­rate into your lifestyle. … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: September 2015

  Some­one wake up Bil­ly Joel! Sep­tem­ber is def­i­nite­ly over now. The weath­er is start­ing to cool off (low­er util­i­ty bills yay!) and pump­kin fla­vored every­thing is pop­ping up all over the place. This month was full of fun activ­i­ties, which includ­ed things like the start of the fall soc­cer sea­son and get­ting a crash course … Read more