Conversations with my Kids

kids humor, conversations with my kidsI’ve really enjoyed J-Money’s ‘Financial Overheard’ series. If you haven’t checked them out, you can find the three installments here, here, and here.

I liked the idea so much that I thought I’d adapt it for the purposes of my blog and bring my readers some of the conversations that take place in my household. Hopefully you’ll find these conversations as entertaining as I have.

Breakfast Conversation

* There was absolutely no context for this response. They hadn’t been talking about or playing pirates at all before he said this.

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The Debt Merry Go Round

My History with Debt

If you’ve visited my 100 Things section, you’ve seen ‘Become Debt Free’ on my list of 100 things I want to do in life. You may have also noticed that it is crossed off, which of course means that we have achieved this life goal. But crossing off two words doesn’t really tell much of a story. I thought our journey to debt freedom was worthy of an entire post.

From Debt Free to Buried Under a Mountain of Debt

I was incredibly fortunate in that my parents prioritized education. Not just in words, but also in action. Continue reading →

The Day My Metabolism Died

Lego Picnic - The day my metabolism diedSince having kids, my father’s early passing (he was 48) has loomed in the back of my mind. One of my hopes for this blog is to create some accountability for myself in making healthier choices.

Up until this point I haven’t written much about my own health. This is partly because I haven’t completely figured out how I’m going to tackle this topic. It is a bit of an anomaly compared to the other topics I write about. For this reason I’ve continued to justify putting it off.

But for me it is the elephant in the room. I won’t get much benefit from all the work I’m doing to achieve Financial Independence if I end up in an early grave. I will have created some security for my family, which is my top priority, but I think my family would rather have me around to enjoy the financial freedom with them.Continue reading →

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.

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My Journey To Fatherhood

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 →