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 … 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 … 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…

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 … Read more…

Planning for the Future

Planning for the hazy “someday” of the future is tough. It’s like peering into the mists of a foggy morning. Shapes are indistinct and intimidating until you get close enough to recognize the giant shadow is an oak tree. I’m peering into the foggy future, but I can’t make out what those looming shapes are. … Read more…

Never Say Never

Never is such a polarizing word. Why do we say we’ll never do something? “I’ll never wear short socks.” “I’ll never wear looser fitting clothing.” “I’ll never eat eggplant.” I’ve said each of those things in the past. The funny thing is, I’ve done each of those things and actually enjoy them more than the … Read more…

Early Retirement: Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but…

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of the Early Retirement Dude. If you frequent the /r/financialindependence subreddit, you might recognize him as a cool mod known as ER10years_throwaway! He FI/ER’d in 2005 at the ripe old age of  36. He made a very insightful comment and I asked him to expand upon it in a guest … Read more…

Downsizing, Depreciation, and Debt

When I started writing this blog over two years ago, I was living in a 1,500 sq ft house that featured 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and tons of closet space. I had more space then I ever needed. One bedroom for me, one bedroom for my craft space, and the other upstairs for storage/media room/roommate … Read more…

My Vision of FI: Phase One

I’ve written previously about my plan for financial independence. Twice, actually. Once in My 10 Year Plan post and again in it’s sequel, My 10 Year Plan: 2016 Update. I know, I’m real good at coming up with titles. Be jealous of my skillz. For those of you that have just stumbled across this little … Read more…