Interview with Thinking of Someday

Just a quick post today to let all my readers know that I recently did an interview with Thinking of Someday. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because they were featured in my New Kids on the Blog post.

I continue to love what they are doing over on their site and was thrilled when they asked to interview me about my Debt Free Journey.

So, don’t wait, head over and check out my interview. And while you’re there, be sure to check out what Kim and Omar are up to.

Financial Freedom Fourth

Happy Financially Free Fourth! On a day where most American’s celebrate the countries independence, I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about Financial Independence…again.

This isn’t going to be chocked full of insights or new ideas. Today’s post is just a quick look at four steps we’re taking to achieve Financial Independence (FI). Some of the steps we’ve already accomplished, others are still a work in progress. So, without further ado, let’s dive in:Continue reading →

Become a Master of your Emotional Domain

Boys my boys,

I’ve been hesitant to write this letter. This is such an important topic and I fear I won’t do it the justice it deserves. Hopefully I can convey half of what is in my head.

Unfortunately there is a lot of garbage out there about men and emotions. While I can’t prevent you from being exposed to this nonsense, I can attempt to set the record straight.

First, let’s start with the obvious: everybody has feelings. From little girls to burley, flannel-wearing men. Feelings are part of what it means to be human. Your emotions are not the enemy (although there will be times where it feels like they are). You cannot avoid your feelings (although there will be times that you try).Continue reading →

Notes From a Novice Travel Hacker

disappointing lego dave ramseyNow that the Great American Road Trip is behind us, my first legitimate attempt at travel hacking is in the books. Since the travel in question was a road trip, I focused my travel hacking efforts on hotel rooms.

All told we needed to account for 14 nights of hotel stays. For the nights that weren’t covered under my formal travel hacking attempts, I used the travel hacking Jr. tip, which I outlined in the Great American Road Trip – The Preparation post.

Unfortunately I didn’t keep track of the savings I received using the travel hacking Jr. However, I’d estimate between $100-$200 savings using this trick. We’ll split the difference and call it $150. Not too shabby for a few quick google searches.

The remainder of the travel hacking resulted in $800 worth of savings and 5 free nights of hotel stays. Below I outline exactly how I achieved this:Continue reading →

Bookpocalypse

Minimalism The Journey #5

It has been a long long day of sorting through books. Lots and lots of books. The crazy thing is that I already cut my book collection in half once. It was last year when we were in the process of “decluttering’ our house.

Despite having made 7-8 trips to good will last year, we still have so much stuff. Well, this time around I was ruthless. But before I delve into the bookpocalypse that just took place in my house, let me get you caught up to the mindset shift that I’ve had to undergo in order to achieve this level of ruthlessness.

I’ve spent a lot of time continuing to immerse myself with minimalistic content. TED talks, podcasts, blogs, books…you name it I’m consuming it. But I haven’t just been exposing myself to this new information, I’ve been viewing, listening, and reading with my books in mind.Continue reading →