A little over seven months ago I made a major life change, leaving a stable, high-paying job to take a yearlong mini-retirement.
I had loosely defined visions for what I would do with this time, but no significant plans per se. I more envisioned my mini-retirement as a field to wander around than a new path to follow.
What I’ve found is that the things I thought I would do have not been as prominent as I expected, and some things I had not expected have opened up. I am not ready to call this overall experiment a success or failure. I don’t think it would be possible to summarize the whole thing in those terms anyway.
But I can say what I’ve done, what I haven’t, what lived up to my expectations and what has surprised me. Continue reading
There are hundreds of credit card options out there, and deciding which one to choose can be a tough task. There is no one best card. It’s all about picking the right credit card for your financial situation.
With that in mind, here’s a guide to what you should look for based on your goals, habits and finances. Continue reading
I’ve spent thousands of dollars I hadn’t planned to spend this calendar year.
I’ve broken out the credit card for several mastermind groups, purchased nutritional supplements, gotten extra massages, booked more travel, and begrudgingly bought shoes faster than I would like.
Why? Well, I’m starting to better recognize when not paying for something actually costs more than the sticker price. Continue reading
Many of us have made financial mistakes. I’m certainly no exception.
Mistakes are the currency of experience, and experience is the fertile ground in which better future decisions are based. So while I won’t say it’s all bad … I could have done these things better.
I wish I would have: Continue reading
Last week, I did something I never thought I’d do: I climbed a 14,000-foot Colorado mountain with six friends.
It was challenging, rewarding, exhausting, exhilarating, and symbolic on so many levels. It really was an experience of a lifetime.
We all have mountains to climb.
Some of them are difficult, some are terrifying, some are intimidating. You may be staring up at the mountain of debt, addiction, despair, relationship trouble, career stagnation — whatever it is in your life that you see before you that looks to big to take on. I promise you it’s not.
What I learned on Mount Quandary applies to all of them, and I want to share those lessons with you.