Congratulations! You’ve Expended your Life Force!

The wife and I are about to embark on the greatest adventure of our lives: a one-year sabbatical to travel Central America. We’ll be driving the middle of the Americas in what will be our home for the time: a class B RV. So, we’ve been shopping for just that.

Of course, I’ve shared with a few others our plans – and with this blog post, the whole world. (If you want to follow along on our adventures, check out Similarly, I’ve mentioned to a couple people that we’ll be buying a new vehicle. And the response I’ve gotten – while conventional – is exceptionally puzzling: Continue reading “Congratulations! You’ve Expended your Life Force!”

Hitting the Reset Button on Lifestyle Inflation

There was a time – not too long ago – when our housing expenses tallied somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000 month. We lived in a tiny 400ish square foot cottage in Los Feliz – built originally in the 1920s. It was more or less a studio. Rent itself was a little over $850. The $1,000/month includes utilities and renter’s insurance. That was a pretty good set up.

And then we moved. Continue reading “Hitting the Reset Button on Lifestyle Inflation”

Cashew Butter for your Freedom?

When I was kid, my parents would take their car to the car wash pretty regularly. And being young kids, they couldn’t just leave us at home. So, they took us with them. Of course, as kids, you’re easily entertained. So, we’d wonder the convenience store at the car wash seeking that entertainment.

One thing that drove us absolutely giddy was a fortune-telling machine. The machine would repeat over and over again the same sales pitch: Continue reading “Cashew Butter for your Freedom?”

One Thing a Day

New project: I’m going to list one thing for sale a day. Right now, I’ve got a handful of stuff on Craigslist for sale. I figure that I’ve just got too much stuff – so I want to get rid of some of it. Maybe I can even monetize it!

One thing a day! Getting rid of stuff will help me have more money, more space, more freedom, more flexibility.

I’m dreading the day we have to move. We just have so much junk.

So, that’s it: one thing a day is being listed for sale. Hooray!

It’s About the Process

I was listening to a Financial Mentor podcast recently. (I’m remorseful that I can’t link the exact episode because I can’t remember which episode it was.) The guest – as well as the host Todd¬†Tresidder – were in agreement about the importance of the process – and not the end goal. (For Todd, the process is about building wealth.) And I couldn’t agree more about the importance of the process. That’s because focusing Continue reading “It’s About the Process”