Monthly Status Report: August 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

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

Cultivating a Community

It’s no sur­prise to any­one that knows me that I absolute­ly love trav­el­ing to meet new peo­ple. Espe­cial­ly peo­ple in the FIRE com­mu­ni­ty. I’ve writ­ten reviews on my times at.…… Ecuador Chau­tauqua 2015 (bonus lessons learned post!) Camp Mus­tache Seat­tle 2016 Fin­Con 2016 Camp Mus­tache Flori­da 2017 Those are the major trips I’ve been on, but … Read more

From Bad-Ass to.….. Bad

As chron­i­cled in my 3 Month Update and Bugs, Thugs, and Hugs posts, I had some work done on my house this sum­mer. Notice I didn’t say any­thing about the qual­i­ty of the work. I delib­er­ate­ly left that descrip­tor out as it turns out my con­trac­tor was clos­er to the “should nev­er be allowed to work on a home … Read more

My 10 Year Plan: 2017 Update

I typ­i­cal­ly update my long-term pro­jec­tions each year around late spring. Due to the fact some­one pressed the fast for­ward but­ton on my year, I’m updat­ing it now instead! If you’re unfa­mil­iar with my 10 year plan series, you can catch up by read­ing 2015’s iter­a­tion and 2016’s post before you con­tin­ue with 2017. I … Read more

Monthly Status Report: July 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

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

Blocks and Barriers

Have you ever craft­ed a to-do list for the day in the morn­ing, full of moti­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion that today is the day you are going to get things done! .……and then bed time rolls around and you’ve only done one easy item.… maybe two if you’re lucky. What stops us from being our best selves … Read more

Mid-Year Check In

How time flies! I can’t believe the year is already half over. Seems like just yes­ter­day the weath­er start­ed to warm up. Now it’s almost too hot and humid to func­tion nor­mal­ly out­side! At the begin­ning of the year, I declared 2017 to be the “Year of Car­ing”. Based on the goals I list­ed in that post.….. yeah … Read more

Bugs, Thugs, and Hugs

Y’all, this has been one stress­ful peri­od in my life. I nev­er knew I could enjoy life so much and have so much going on! It seems for every high there is an equal and oppo­site low that occurs. Is that a uni­ver­sal law some­where? If not, I want to coin it. “Gwen’s Law” has a nice ring to … Read more