I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: January 2018 (page 1 of 2)

My wife’s a big winner (and you could be, too)

My wife has an uncanny knack for winning prizes. Not the land-a-ring-on-the-bottle-and-win-a-giant-bear kind of prizes, but more like the enter-to-win kind. To be honest, it’s gotten to the point where we just expect to win something anymore. Continue reading

Desire paths: The unconventional way to live your life

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be J. Money’s guest today at Budgets Are Sexy.

Regular readers of my Dreamcatcher posts may have seen way back in July, when I said “there was something in this particular [99% Invisible] episode that sparked an idea for a future post — several actually. I most enjoy when I can synthesize an idea from one field with a concept from another, and that’s what happened here. Now I just have to get around to writing the post about it!” Continue reading

Can you recognize the seasons of your life?

We go through life on a linear time scale, a logical rhythm of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades. Time is orderly, and so we often group ourselves and others according to how much time we’ve spent on Earth.

This is important to people in their 20s. This is what people in their 30s are facing. This is what we should be doing in our 40s. These are the changes people in their 50s will see.

So much advice is based on the idea that life happens in stages, and those stages are age-based. But age often has less to do with our best course of action than the circumstances we find ourselves in. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the content that inspired me in some way in the past week. This week, I didn’t listen to any podcasts (gasp!), but I watched some videos that inspired me. Maybe I need to tweak that headline? Continue reading

10 punk rock songs for the frugal badass

Kanye West and Jay-Z can sing about living the expensive life, and 50 Cent can be broke as hell and still pretend to be rich. But punk rockers don’t play that game. They get by on minimalism, DIY and not caring what other people think. Here are 10 punk songs to help you get your frugal on. Continue reading

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