I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: October 2017 (page 2 of 2)

30-day experiment update: Journaling

At the beginning of October, I decided to kick off my experiment series by committing to 30 days of nightly journaling.

I’ve heard from so many people of all different types that they consider journaling a key component of success. It’s never been my thing, but with so many proponents I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the posts and podcasts that inspired me to act or to think critically or differently about something this week. Continue reading

Forget Equifax, you should be worried about your craptastic passwords

Would you stay at a hotel where every room could be opened with the same key? Or would you smile at the desk agent, get back in your car and drive to an inn with at least a basic sense of security where you could feel safe staying the night?

If you’re like most people, you have one — maybe two — passwords that you use across all of your online accounts. One key to rule them all!

Oh sure, sometimes you make slight variations to add numbers or capitals as each site requires. Your password “bumblebee” becomes Bumblebee, Bumblebee123, or bumb1eb33. You’ve also got it all written down on a piece of paper taped to your monitor or under your keyboard. Rock-solid security!

The Equifax breach got everyone all excited about security. But there’s another glaring problem most people overlook. What happens when one or more of your accounts, say like Yahoo, LinkedIn, or Adobe, is compromised and your user name and password are sold along with millions of others on the dark web? How many doors can that key open, and what’s behind them? Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: The posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

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

Put your piece of junk car out of its misery — donate it

It was the third call for a tow truck that month that finally snuffed out any hope of selling the cursed piece of crap.

“Buy an older car and drive it into the ground,” many frugal and FIRE bloggers say. I not only found the ground — I kept digging. Continue reading

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