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

What’s A Lot?

I love disc golf. There’s just some­thing super peace­ful about wan­der­ing around a park play­ing fris­bee: sport edi­tion. Low start up cost, end­less enjoy­ment (unless you chuck your disc in a stag­nant creek full of goose poop), no fee to prac­tice or play, a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent cours­es to play.….. talk about a great first date activ­i­ty. You get to … Read more

One Year with Project FI

Last year I wrote about flip­ping off say­ing a fond farewell to Ver­i­zon and say­ing hel­lo to the new kid in town, Google’s Project FI phone plan. I was going through my num­bers on Mint (at a record high thanks to low spend­ing, pay­day, and a strong mar­ket) and real­ized it’s been a whole year since I switched to Project FI. Because … Read more

Monthly Status Report: October 2016

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

Be Brave: FinCon16

Hel­lo friends! I’m back in the crush­ing real­i­ty known as the real world. Every­thing seems to be just a bit dull in com­par­i­son to the amaze­balls expe­ri­ence known as Fin­Con 2016. Hav­ing been to the Chau­tauqua last year and Camp Mus­tache ear­li­er this year, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. It was way bet­ter than … Read more

Why I’m Going to FinCon 2016

I’m doing a LOT of trav­el in the next 8 weeks: Maine, San Diego, and London/Europe. Peo­ple are real­ly inter­est­ed when I men­tion my upcom­ing trav­el and ask me what I’m doing. The looks on their faces when I tell them I’m attend­ing a con­fer­ence and I’m EXCITED about it are price­less. I love watch­ing peo­ple strug­gle to make sense out … Read more

Rant n Rave: Credit Edition

Today’s Rant n Rave theme is cred­it. There’s all kinds of cred­it avail­able in the world: cred­it cards, ser­vice cred­it.…. even cred­it earned in the kar­ma bank.  Things are a bit more ambigu­ous on the rant and rav­ing side, because I have rants and raves about both cred­it cards and ser­vice cred­its, the top­ics de jour. Cred­it Cards … Read more

Monthly Status Report: April 2016

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

Au Revoir, Amazon

The time has come for me to bid a fond adieu to everyone’s favorite online shop­ping des­ti­na­tion. April is going to be a fair­ly expen­sive month, so every pen­ny I spend will be get­ting scru­ti­nized to with­in an nth degree.  If I can cut back on my spend­ing, I’m going to do it. I looked over April 2015 spend­ing and was … Read more