In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: December 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the things that inspired me in some way this week.

This month, my 30-day experiment is to be more present in life. With that in mind, this will be my last post until the new year. My parents are coming into town today, and we’ve got a bunch of great stuff lined up. Thank you so much for coming to I Dream of FIRE! Until January, have a great holiday and an awesome New Year’s. Continue reading

Don’t compare your middle to someone else’s beginning

I often see the quote “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle,” encouraging people to have perspective when comparing where they are on their own journey to those aspirational figures ahead of them.

It’s a reminder to us that we can improve, and over time we can achieve as much as or more than those whom we see today as being at the next level or where we want to be. And that’s good advice. You won’t get better if you start off too discouraged to even try.

I’ve been thinking about that quote lately, and I wonder: Why do we never see it reversed? Continue reading

The 12 Days of FI Christmas music video

As far as I’m concerned, the original “12 Days of Christmas” is for the birds. I’ve got nothing against 12 drummers drumming, but what am I going to do with seven swans, six geese, four calling birds, a trio of French hens, a pair of turtle doves and a partridge?

That’s why I’m so freakin’ excited to share this video with you. This is the 12 days of Christmas gifts as they should be for anyone serious about seeking financial independence. We’re talking passive income, assets, money smarts and good habits. Because outside of the five golden rings, that original song was just a money pit delaying your financial freedom.

Join me, Budget Epicurean and My Sons Father as we imagine a more profitable “12 Days of FI Christmas” gifted by some of the most recognizable (Lego) faces in the personal finance blog space. Continue reading

What is, and what should be

Some years ago, a coworker was lamenting the high cost of heating her small apartment in the winter.

She couldn’t understand how the neighbors in the next unit could afford to have the heat blasting with the windows open while she kept her thermostat in the 50s and wore several layers to keep costs in check.

She turned off the electric baseboard heaters in the living room and kitchen and huddled in her lone small bedroom with the door closed to contain the heat. Even with all that, she said, every month her bill came in around $250 for the past couple of years. It didn’t seem right. I agreed, and told her she should talk to her landlord about it. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the things that inspired me in some way in the past week. I’m playing catchup on my podcasts, so I’ll skip on the three-week-old audio links. But there are some great articles I’m happy to share.  Continue reading

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