The Great American Road Trip #2

Road trip, lego car, lego familyThe Preparations

Later today we’ll be setting off on our 15 state tour of America. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’ve been looking forward to this since I first conceived of the idea just under a year ago.

The initial goal of the trip was to surprise my brother on his 40th birthday. However, it has evolved since then and has turned into The Great American Road Trip…part 1. There is still a lot of the US to see and if this goes well, I can see adding a part 2 in a few years time.

Now that the departure day is upon us, I wanted to share the preparations that have taken place over the past few months to get us ready for the trip.Continue reading →

What Pokémon Taught Me About Minimalism

Minimalism The Journey #4

Immersion has lead to insight. Immersion is such an important part of the change process for me. It usually takes me hearing a message over and over before it finds a resting place in my mind.

It usually occurs when I am able to see the principles I’m learning about start to play themselves out in my life. Below is an account of how one of those minimalistic principles became real for me:

The Realization

I came to a realization today. For others this may be obvious, but for me it was a revelation. I was eating a bowl of cereal before bed and gazing upon the heaps of junk pushed to the unused side of our dining room table.Continue reading →

A Question for the Mom’s Out There

Mother's Day
Something has perplexed me for a while now and I thought I’d pose the questions to my readers.

Okay, so I don’t have many readers yet, but I figured I’d pose it to the Internet and hopefully some new readers stumble across my blog and take pity on me. 

The question is about my better half. But before I ask it, let me give you a very brief description of my wife.

Simply put she is amazing. Unsurprising to anyone who knows her she has had amazing career success and holds a prominent role in the company she works for. She is well respected at work and makes vital decisions on a daily basis.

More importantly, she is an amazing mom. This isn’t just my biased perspective. The other day my own mother commented to me at how impressed she was with my wife. How she’s done a great job with raising our boys. I reminded my mom that I might have had something to do with it, which she immediately dismissed and continued to go on about how great my wife is.

Still Don’t Believe Me?

To ensure you don’t think my objectivity is impaired, allow me to give a few examples.

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Why I’m Getting a Credit Card After a Decade Without One

Credit Cards, Dave Ramsey, LegoIf you read my recent post about My History with Debt, you know that we amassed $20,000 in credit card debt a decade ago. Realizing the error of our ways, we canceled the cards, and began an aggressively repayment plan.

During the debt repayment process, I found inspiration from Dave Ramsey. You know, the “debt is dumb”, “credit cards are evil” guy. While there were a lot of things I didn’t agree with him on, the ‘debt is dumb’ concept wasn’t one of them.

I fully expected that I’d never own a credit card again. I was not only okay with this, but also quite proud of it.

After paying the last payment on our student loans and achieving debt freedom, I was at a bit of a financial loss. It was great being debt free, amazing in fact. But the goal I had worked towards for 8 years was now over. I felt directionless.Continue reading →