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…

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, … 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…

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 … 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…

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 … Read more…