Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the posts and podcasts that inspired me in some way over the past week.
Why taking a lesser paying job makes sense to me – Take Charge of Your Money
When Brendan tweeted that he was taking a job with a pay cut and wondered if he should write about it, I told him I was curious. His reasons are sound, and he makes a great point about how sometimes you have to make lateral or backward moves to get to the top of the mountain. You can’t win a game of chess only moving forward. I’ve wondered if I were to shift careers would I be able to maintain my current compensation (remember, there’s more to your paycheck than the take-home pay). Maybe I couldn’t, but that doesn’t mean it would be a bad move in the long run.
The final words of a dying man – The Retirement Manifesto
Fritz’s friend Jim recently passed away. Jim sounds like a wonderful man who lived a full life filled with love, laughter and friendship. In this post, Fritz shares what would be the final words from his friend to him and what they really say about the man. It’s a good reminder that you never know which words or actions may be your last. Make them mean something to someone. Thanks for sharing, Fritz, and I’m sorry for your loss.
FIRE and alcohol – Do they mix? – Trail to FI
An interesting look at alcohol consumption, moderate overconsumption (that sounds like an oxymoron, but I think there’s a substantial difference between nicely buzzed and blackout drunk), and the total impact on finances, health, and well-being. A tip of the cap to Trail to FI for tackling this topic in such a personal way. As someone who enjoys the drink (and has even written a Scotch Street guest post), this is a topic close to home. I’ll have to give this more thought.
Thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it.
I also found Fritz’s post moving. It’s a good reminder to recognize the important relationships in our lives. (I also liked the article that his friend emailed him. I think it concisely poses the questions that early retirees should and do ask themselves in order to continue living fulfilling lives.)