A Victory & A Defeat

Post #3 in the Journey to Minimalism Series

Clothes – A Victory

Immersion has led it’s way to action. I’ve spent the day cleaning out my closet of clothes. While I’ve only just begun the pairing down process, I’m feeling good about what I’ve accomplished.

I’ve gotten rid of half of my clothes. Of the items remaining, I already have my eye on a few that will need to go. I’ve had little to no emotional reaction to this process. There most definitely is not any sense of loss. If anything I feel liberated.

There is the odd sentimental item that I’m unsure of what to do with. One of those items is a shirt of my father’s that I continue to wear, which makes that decision easier. The other is a tie he received.

The reason I kept the tie was because of the story that came with it. Continue reading →

My Journey To Fatherhood – Inspired by Dad Like Me

Journey to Fatherhood, Dad Like Me, LegoPreamble

One of the benefits of starting this blog has been making unexpected connections. One such connection has been with a podcasting duo who call themselves Dad Like Me.

The premise: host Jon is an expectant father and he is documenting his own journey into fatherhood via his podcast. His longtime friend Ben is the childless co-host and foil with which Jon bounces his experiences off of. They are a very amusing pair and listening to them has caused me to reminisce about my own journey into fatherhood. Journey may be too generous; bumbling stagger into fatherhood may be more accurate.

After listening to the first few episodes, I thought I’d write down my own reflections on this period in my life. I wanted to focus in on the first few months of having a new baby. Down the road I’ll give you pro dad tips like invest in a pair of slippers with a hard sole and never take them off. This will help you when you inevitably step in the puddles of pee, mashed up food that has found its way to the floor, and unnecessarily sharp Legos. You won’t have to worry about that for at least the next few months. Today I want to focus on the journey to becoming a father.Continue reading →

Letting Go

Minimalism, letting goPost #2 in the Journey to Minimalism Series

I recently wrote about change and my goal to get my life to better reflect my values. One of the goals of this blog is to give my kids a picture of who I am. So documenting my journey into minimalism seems like a good way to provide them with a snapshot of one aspect of  my life.

In many ways I’m already a minimalist. At least when it comes to how I consume and manage money. This is natural for me and aligns with one of my other goals/values…Financial Independence.

I have never really bought superfluous stuff, so my journey to minimalism has already begun. However, I have accumulated plenty of junk over the course of my life. Since I’ve had a hard time getting rid of this stuff, I’ve instead stored and moved it with me from one dwelling to the next.Continue reading →

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My Battle as a New Bloggerblogging about blogging

Prior to starting this blog, I was always fascinated with blog posts about blogging. The content intrigued me; I felt like I was getting an inside baseball look at how sausage was made (yep, mixing metaphor’s). Additionally, the sheer number of bloggers that wrote about blogging surprised me. I didn’t expect to join the ranks of bloggers that blog about blogging (blog, blog, blogging, blogitty blog blog).

I figured I might do a six month reflection piece, then just an annual blogaversary post to mark the occasion, but didn’t think just over a month into the process I’d have much to say on the matter.

Turns out I was wrong. I’ve been quite contemplative about my blogging life, but have been hesitant to publish any of my musings. My goal after all is to create content that will benefit my kids. I can’t imagine 20 years from now they’d find my reflections about my dismal first month blogging stats very interesting.Continue reading →

Financial Independence

“The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finish line.”

– Unknown

The Goal: Financial Independence

Lego sons, Financial IndependenceOne of my long-term goals is Financial Independence (FI). This goal is born out of several things. On a more superficial level, I have a naturally defiant or at least contrary personality. It motivates me when I’m told ‘it can’t be done’.

The other two influences are my kids and my father. The experience of being a father and the experience of having been a son continue to drive this goal.Continue reading →