Recap: 2016 Edition

2016 might have been an incred­i­bly sucky year by many stan­dards, but it was a ban­ner year for me on basi­cal­ly every front imag­in­able. I hit all of my per­son­al, pro­fes­sion­al, and finan­cial goals for the year, which I think is the first time that’s ever hap­pened for me. High­lights include trips to Seat­tle [Camp Mus­tache], San Diego [Fin­Con], … Read more

Two Weeks in Europe: The Numbers

Today’s post is the final post of my series about my two week trip to Europe. Part One was a gen­er­al overview, Part Two was shar­ing the lessons I learned on the trip, and Part Three is all­l­l­ll about the num­bers. We dive in deep to every dol­lar (and Ster­ling Pound and Euro) I spent for two weeks. … Read more

Two Weeks in Europe: Lessons Learned

This is Part 2 of 3 posts about my trip to Europe. If you haven’t read Part One, read that first! There’s a ton of great pic­tures of me in it 🙂 I’m all about learn­ing lessons in life. For­tu­nate­ly for me, this trip was chock­ablock with them. As a rel­a­tive­ly new inter­na­tion­al trav­el­er, I can tell I have a lot more lessons … Read more

Two Weeks In Europe: Site Seeing

I am back from my epic two week trip to Europe! I’m going to split the recap into three parts: gen­er­al overview, take­aways from trav­el­ing, and a detailed look at the costs of the trip. Gen­er­al Overview Itin­er­ary: Oct 1st: I had a blast spend­ing my first day off with my fam­i­ly and friends in my home­town. It was … Read more

Rant N Rave: Conforming and Credit Cards

Rant: It’s been awhile since I’ve had a cou­ple of good top­ics to both Rant and Rave about. Today’s Rant is brought to you cour­tesy of the Fin­Con Face­book group I joined.  Let me pref­ace this: I’m very excit­ed to go to Fin­Con and I can­not wait to go learn a ton of real­ly great stuff and meet lots … Read more

Monthly Status Report: August 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

Life After FI

I har­bor a secret addic­tion to Broad­way musi­cals. I mean, the entire rea­son I’m going to Lon­don in Octo­ber is to see the Har­ry Pot­ter play in West End. (It’s going to be awe­some and no, I haven’t read the book yet. It’s been tough to resist so far!) Any­ways, one of my favorite Broad­way musi­cals is a lit­tle … Read more

The Road Less Traveled Challenge

I haven’t been online much the past few weeks. Thanks to var­i­ous trips and trav­els (and actu­al­ly hav­ing things to do at work dur­ing the day whaaaaaaaaaattttt), I made it a point to put my phone down and focus on what was hap­pen­ing in the “Meat­space” around me. Meat­space refers to the phys­i­cal world around us instead … Read more

Camp Mustache 2016

Ever since I attend­ed the Chau­tauqua last year, I’ve been ramp­ing up my involve­ment in the FI com­mu­ni­ty. I’ve inter­act­ed with a vari­ety of peo­ple online through Red­dit, Twit­ter and this blog. This includes but is not lim­it­ed to a few Skype con­vos, email­ing back and forth with var­i­ous blog­gers, and tweet­ing all the time. I’ve also made it … Read more

The True Cost of Traveling

I’ve been think­ing late­ly on the cost of time, more specif­i­cal­ly the cost of my time. What do I mean by that? Cost of Time? Huh? I was first intro­duced to the con­cept of time cost­ing some­thing with Mr. Mon­ey Mustache’s clas­sic arti­cle, The True Cost of Com­mut­ing. If you haven’t read it yet, stop read­ing … Read more