How To Avoid Living The "Groundhog Week"

How To Avoid Living The "Groundhog Week"

I just helped a fellow blogger with a significant project of his. I learned about it on Friday and, based on the tight timeline, I knew that it was this weekend or that it wouldn't get done. So, rather unexpectedly, this past long weekend (Victoria Day weekend in Canada) went from spending time in the garden to spending time at the computer reading and commenting on his significant project.

And it was worth it, because 1. I wanted to do it, knowing I'd find it rewarding and 2. I don't find weekends much different from weekdays (which I realize isn't the norm).

The weekly grind for most goes something like this...

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Mind Over Matter - The Freeing Nature of Thinking About "Losing Everything"

Mind Over Matter - The Freeing Nature of Thinking About "Losing Everything"

Since my early childhood, the most important possession was having a house I could call home for a long time. Having moved 8 times by the time I was 14 years old, having a living space that I could call my own over the long term was important to me. I wanted a place that we could afford, in an area we would find comfortable indefinitely. And we found that place.

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The Hidden Costs of Convenience

The Hidden Costs of Convenience

Have you heard or intuited these messages? “Life is hard.” “Things take too long.” “Time is money.” “Others have an easy life, why can’t you?” “You deserve to take it easy.” "Don't worry, someone can do it for you." “There’s an easier way to do this.” “You need help. Here’s the solution.” “This will make you [happier, sexier, cool, successful].”

I bet you have. Probably daily.

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Fat and (Un)Happy - How Overconsumption Eats Away at the Self

Fat and (Un)Happy - How Overconsumption Eats Away at the Self
Dear reader, I found this old, unpublished post recently. Actually, it's one of a large number of posts I'd thought I'd lost for good. I can't tell you exactly when I wrote it, but its contents surprised me, as I'd (thankfully) forgotten about this episode. I appreciated the reminder of the many benefits of staying active and focused and thought you might as well.

I can't believe the last few weeks. A flu morphed into another two weeks of absolute unadulterated SLACKING and this is after I started to feel better! My good habits took a nose dive and I feel AWFUL! I can't believe how quickly our bodies and our minds adapt to a new level of laziness and need for creature comforts.

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Are Those Golden Handcuffs On Too Tight?

Are Those Golden Handcuffs On Too Tight?

You are an economic unit. You know your job is to maximize the resources you have at your disposal to lead the best life you can lead. And you are doing exactly that: you have a good job with a good company and you only have 10 more years before you get to retire at age 55 with a good company pension. Sounds pretty great, right? Tons of people would envy your position. You're set! 

So what's the problem?!

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2015 Update - Million Dollar To Do List

2015 Update - Million Dollar To Do List

In April 2014, I announced a major financial goal to ensure my husband and I are assured to remain financially independent with no worries about now having "enough". We deeply value the ability to decide what to do in life, whether that includes working or not. It gives us the peace of mind of knowing we'll always have the freedom to make personal and career choices.

We currently have enough to live off for over 25 years*, but it just doesn't quite feel like enough, so we decided to set a goal.

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Do I Know Who I Am? Can Anyone Really Answer That Question?

Do I Know Who I Am? Can Anyone Really Answer That Question?

Reflections from three years living a financially-independent lifestyle.

It’s now been three years since I walked away from my job in corporate Canada. I find it surprising that it feels like it’s been so long and yet still feels so new. 

I initially called the move away from demanding salaried work a financial-independence leap—which it was—but I think that definition missed the point. Living with the means to do what we want—thanks to having a lifestyle that’s in line with our means—is more than just about being able to pay our bills and pay for the activities we want to engage in. For me it’s about being able to reclaim—rediscover even—who I am, only I didn’t know it at the time. 

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Sabbaticals for the Rest of Us - Lessons from My 4-month Leave

Sabbaticals for the Rest of Us - Lessons from My 4-month Leave

Sabbaticals are traditionally a time of paid leave for academics to travel or work on projects that would not be possible to focus on during a given academic year. The structure of the academic sabbatical is often for these professionals to take such a leave every seventh year*, with both the word and its frequency having roots with the word "sabbath". 

These rejuvenation periods are a unique opportunity to take a step back from the daily grind. Universities understood the benefit for an individual to have a chance to think, discover and experience a different perspective. After all, they employed thinking professionals.

Given our thought economy, doesn't it make sense to expand the use of sabbaticals? 

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Are You Not Entertained?

Are You Not Entertained?

Is the Hunger Games Series a Caricature of Our World?

I’ve enjoyed watching the The Hunger Games film series. It includes all the usual exciting exploits and special effects that make today’s action and adventure movies entertaining and immersive. Though the package is all it promises to be, it’s the underlying theme of a society that’s lost its values and direction that I find fascinating. 

When we take a moment to consider it, the parallels between it and our current reality are, at best, unsettling.

What does the series and our world have in common?

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