Monthly Status Report: October 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

Chautauqua 2017: Lessons Learned

As pre­vi­ous­ly dis­cussed in my Chau­tauqua recap post, I had a real­ly amaz­ing time hang­ing out with new and old friends, tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful scenery, and learn­ing some pret­ty inter­est­ing things. I cov­ered the friends and scenery in the last post, so.….… time to talk about the lessons I learned! Les­son 1 Our host Cheryl gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on … Read more

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: September 2017

I’m typ­ing this from the lush and beau­ti­ful Ecuado­ri­an Chau­tauqua! All this trav­el has been throw­ing my sched­ule of but bet­ter late than nev­er I guess… I can’t wait to share every­thing I’ve learned this week with you! Beun dia! Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! … Read more

The $200 New Car

I’ve talked a fair amount in the past about my old car. It was a 2005 Pon­ti­ac Vibe. I bought the car for $8,000 cash in 2011 after a deer killed the Neon I was dri­ving. Hon­est­ly, it was the best thing to hap­pen to me.  I had the Vibe for 6 years and put just about 100,000 miles on it. … Read more

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

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