Feb 22

You Don’t Have to Hate Your Job to Want Financial Independence

If you don't hate your job you should still seek financial independence

  Financial freedom for everyone Financial independence is not just for people that hate their jobs. It is for everyone. Creating freedom in your life may seem more urgent when you feel trapped by a job you hate, but it is still a noble goal for those deeply satisfied with their work.   Predictions are …

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Feb 16

The Difference Between Frugal and Cheap

Sometimes being frugal is more expensive

  Cheap or Frugal? Many people confuse being frugal with being cheap. I certainly did for much of my life. They are not the same, and understanding the difference matters. I wish I knew the difference earlier in life, as I could have more efficiently optimized my happiness . I want to give you some …

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Feb 10

Why it is Sometimes Faster to Slow Down

Hurry up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait Yesterday I was driving. It was a two lane road, a typical fairly high speed state highway just out of town. I heard it first, a low rumbling sound like I imagine a bear makes before ripping a hiker to shreds for trying to get a selfie with its cubs. It …

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Feb 03

Alligators and Kittens

I really like kittens. They are cute, cuddly, and in general good company. They are easy to take care of. Eventually they grow up into cats which are usually cute as well, although perhaps a little passive aggressive at times. They eat very little, will use a litter box with no prompting and will even …

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Jan 27

A Day of Running

I have a love hate relationship with running. If we were a Facebook couple it would be “its complicated”. As you may know I’ve tried to compete at a relatively high level of racing without actually doing much training. This worked up to a point…right up until it didn’t. I tried to train for a …

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Jan 21

A Guide to Living in Trump’s America

As I sit down to write this the United States has a new president. Donald J. Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, this has caused some people quite a bit of distress. My only wish for you is happiness, so I have created …

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Jan 17

How Not to Train for a Half-Marathon

  I’m a big fan of efficiency and getting the biggest bang for the buck. A fancier way to phrase this is I like to apply the Pareto principal to my life. In general, the smartest 20% of the effort results in 80% of the gains. If you apply this to all areas of your …

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Jan 12

Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading: Volume 7

  Well it’s been a while since I’ve published a weekend reading list. Sorry about that. I’ve been rather busy I have been a little lazy as of late and not made it a priority. That is a feeble excuse, but the truth. You would think in between sledding (I’m the best in our neighborhood …

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Jan 07

The Power of Love and Fear

I’ve heard it said that there are only two basic emotions, love and fear. Everything else is a derivative of these basic two drivers. When we talk about freedom it is useful to differentiate freedom to (love) and freedom from (fear). It is about running towards something or running away from something. This is an …

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Dec 30

Dangers of Relying on the 4% Rule in Early Retirement Scenarios

  Dreaming of Retirement I recently found myself on a beach in Maui. We had some airline vouchers we needed to use before they expired and decided Hawaii would be a great way to burn them (it was). As I laid there on the warm sand and listened to the ocean waves gently breaking on …

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