Three lifestyle changes that will bring you closer to Work Optional

Wouldn’t it be nice to work if and when you want to? To not spend over half your day making money just to pay bills and rent? That’s the basis of the “work optional” movement. Not to be confused with the FI/RE movement, work optional is having the financial freedom to work on your terms. Financial advisor, Doug Dahmer phrases it as, “Doing the things … Continue reading Three lifestyle changes that will bring you closer to Work Optional

Life Lesson #70: The Path to not being BROKE

Two words: Delayed Gratification. This message really spoke to me in Robert T. Kiyosaki’s  Rich Dad, Poor Dad and I feel it was one of the major things that separated rich dad from poor dad. Even in the beginning before any lessons were taught, he talked about how rich dad lived in a smallish, beatdown house, whereas poor dad had a nice-ish house. It’s the … Continue reading Life Lesson #70: The Path to not being BROKE

Things you learn after it’s too late: Building an Emergency Fund

When it comes to money, I have two goals: build wealth and pay off debt. To achieve these goals, my money is calculated down to the last dollar. You want to know what I didn’t calculate for? Coronavirus. The only other time I’ve been around for a major recession I was 16 years old. This time around, when the recession inevitably knocks on our door, … Continue reading Things you learn after it’s too late: Building an Emergency Fund

Trigger Word: Sustainability. Is it even doable?

In my post a few weeks ago on the “zero waste movement,” I shared my anxiety and general disapproval of the term “zero waste” and why it should be renamed something seemly more attainable, such as “low waste living,” or “eco-living.” I described the movement as an attempt to reduce our environmental impact (particularly when it comes to single use plastics) and stimulate a circular … Continue reading Trigger Word: Sustainability. Is it even doable?

Living “Zero-Waste” to save money.

What is Zero-Waste? It all started with composting. Naive little old me, I just thought it was a nice idea that my food scraps could be reborn into soil. Next thing you know, I watch a documentary that debunks the glories of recycling and BOOM, I’m suddenly falling deep into an investigative youtube rabbit hole about all things zero-waste. The first thing I learned was … Continue reading Living “Zero-Waste” to save money.

West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?

Chapter 6 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is all about relationships. Do we need relationships? Are they useful? Do they bring us joy? For the most part, we’d all agree to answer “yes,” right? It almost seems outlandish to question the value of relationships here in the Western hemisphere where we’ve mastered rom-coms, marriage counseling and, a weird, possessive attachment to our pets. … Continue reading West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?

Growing Wealth, Risking Health-Why money can’t buy happiness.

I’ve recently started a #debtfree journey, where I’ve mapped out how I will pay off my debt (aka student loans) and become financially free. Related to this, Chapter 5 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is appropriately titled, The Pursuit of Happiness, wherein, he discusses our often misguided pursuits of wealth, fame, recognition, etc. People who report the greatest interest in obtaining money, fame, … Continue reading Growing Wealth, Risking Health-Why money can’t buy happiness.