I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: September 2017 (page 1 of 3)

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the posts and podcasts inspired me in some way this week.  Continue reading

I Dream of FIRE 30-day experiment #1: Journaling

I’m going to begin a new feature, inspired (for me) by Matt Cutts in this TED talk, to try something new for 30 days.

At the beginning of each month, I’ll pick something that I’ve been meaning to try or that others suggest I should try — hint, hint readers — and document my experience.

I’ll explain the parameters in a post at the beginning of each month, write a mid-point check-in and then share the results in a closing post. If you want to join me in the month’s experiment, I would love to hear in the comments, Twitter or email how your experience is going! Continue reading

16 ways to lower fall energy bills

Here are 16 things you can do as fall approaches to save energy (and money) over the chilly season. Many of these are free or inexpensive, while others will more than pay for themselves over time. Continue reading

2 simple rules that jump-start your productivity

Have you ever had those days where you just don’t have the energy or concentration to get done what you know you need to get done?

I sometimes find myself gravitating toward distraction or busywork — the simple things that maybe need to get done, but aren’t the top thing requiring my attention. It’s frustrating to feel like the inertia of inaction is keeping you from getting stuff done.

I recently learned two tricks that have been really helpful in the short time I’ve been using them. Hopefully they can work for you, too. Continue reading

Retirement is like a freeway exit — once you get there, you’re gonna need directions

It wasn’t my proudest moment. Continue reading

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