Chautauqua 2017: A Breath of Fresh Air

I’ve recent­ly returned from the beau­ti­ful Ecuador where I spent a week in par­adise at the Chau­tauqua! For those of you who don’t know what a Chau­tauqua is, the orig­i­nal def­i­n­i­tion comes from the book Zen and the Art of Motor­cy­cle Main­te­nance: “…an old-time series of pop­u­lar talks intend­ed to edi­fy and enter­tain, improve the mind, and bring … Read more

Monthly Status Report: April 2017

Hap­py May, friends! With the addi­tion of my month­ly rental line items, I am chang­ing the month­ly report for­mat. Please note I also have some affil­i­ate links in the posts now, as they help off­set the costs to keep this blog run­ning. Let me know how you like the changes in the com­ments! Why do I do a month­ly … Read more

Monthly Status Report: January 2017

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 a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­go­ry? Did I earn more? What was my over­all sav­ings rate? It helps keep me account­able. How … Read more

Recap: Camp Mustache SE 2017

I’m not sure how many times I can say I’ve just come back from the Best. Week­end. Ever, but.….. once again.…. I JUST HAD THE BEST WEEKEND EVER. I start­ed off the week­end ear­ly with a night in Chica­go before I flew out Fri­day morn­ing. Miss Mazu­ma gra­cious­ly offered to let me crash on her couch for the … Read more

2017: The Year of Caring

Y’all, the FI com­mu­ni­ty is seri­ous­ly one of the best com­mu­ni­ties I’ve ever been a part of. There are a ton of amaz­ing­ly smart, kind, and wel­com­ing peo­ple every where you look! Not to men­tion, they come up with thought-pro­­vok­ing and life chang­ing posts. One of the posts that made me stop and think recent­ly was a post … Read more