I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: November 2017

30-day experiment No. 2 results: “Creating”

My goal for the past month was to spend at least an hour a day “creating.” I left that intentionally vague, but stipulated the creating couldn’t be tied to my day job or specifically for this blog. How did it go?

Well, an hour doesn’t sound like much time until I look at the clock and see it’s 30 minutes past bedtime and I haven’t “created” anything. I definitely didn’t come anywhere near keeping up with my daily goal, but I did make some progress on one idea I had. Continue reading

Don’t pretend your house is an investment

Homeownership has been a key component of The American Dream for generations. Long considered something you’re “supposed to do” when you become an adult, buying a home has an almost mythical allure for millions of people in the U.S.

But is it as brilliant a pure investment — a surefire way to wealth — as many people believe? Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to this week’s Dreamcatcher, where I share the things that inspired me in some way over the past week. This week’s lot covers achieving goals, traveling with intention, saving money on Amazon,

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30-day experiment #2 update: “Creating”

If you’ll recall, this month I set a goal to spend an hour a day “creating” things that had nothing to do with my job or this blog.

Otherwise, I tried to leave the definition pretty open to allow for exploration of lots of areas, if the muse so directed me. Now that we’re about halfway through the month, how am I doing?

Well … not so great. Continue reading

The amazing benefits of a practical Christmas list

Were your childhood Christmas dreams filled with visions of a 200-shot carbide action official Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time?

Did you long for the Sears Wish List catalog to arrive in the mail, so you could etch circle after circle into each glossy color page filled with the year’s hottest toys?

If your adult Christmas list is just a slightly more elevated version of the same youthful exuberance for the shiny object du jour, let me lay an idea on you. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, the posts and podcasts — and today even a video — that inspired me this week. Continue reading

The Dude abides: The Big Lebowski’s hidden lessons about homeowners insurance

A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle on his insurance forms, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher: FinCon edition. I spent last week in Dallas with hundreds of money bloggers, podcasters, video folk and the like swapping stories and learning a ton. This week’s roundup features just a few of the amazing people I met, as well as a roundup of FinCon recaps from them. Continue reading

30-day experiment #2: “Creating” for an hour a day

This is the second month of my 30-day experiments series. Last month, I began a daily journaling experiment to see whether I would get as much out of the exercise as so many high-performers I had heard on podcasts or read in articles. The results were positive.

For at least the first several of these experiments I’m going to add something to my life rather than restrict something. I don’t want them to feel like some kind of diet or deprivation or punishment. That’s not going to get me excited about the challenge. Continue reading

30-day experiment #1 results: Journaling

For the month of October, I began an experiment of daily journaling. Journaling comes up over and over again in podcasts with high-performing people and in blog posts on productivity.

You might think a writer would naturally gravitate to journaling, but I’ve never felt the urge to pick up that habit. Then I listened to Tim Ferriss’ interview with Phil Keoghan and decided I had to start journaling and see what happened.

In my mid-point check-in, I was happy with the progress. I had stuck with my writing schedule — right before bed or first thing in the morning while the previous day was still fresh — and I documented some interesting events that I wanted to remember with some clarity. What happened after that? Continue reading

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