On Rediscovering Lost Loves

On Rediscovering Lost Loves

As I’ve written about here and there, I both love trying new things and believe that doing so is paramount to a life well lived.

One of the ways we end up trying new things is that they present themselves to us as opposed to seeking them out. The only ingredient we need to bring to the table is to say "yes."

In my case, the lastest opportunity to say "yes" was a Hallowe’en costume party that was part of a recent conference I attended in late October 2017.

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Ten Things Skydivers and FIRE Seekers Have in Common

Ten Things Skydivers and FIRE Seekers Have in Common

Skydivers are a peculiar bunch. I mean, you have to be a little nuts to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, right?

Well, FIRE* seekers are also a little weird. After all, you have to be a bit odd to believe you can save your way to early retirement without living the life of a pauper.

Aside from their membership in the non-conformity club, these two groups have a lot in common. 

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What Gets Measured Is Not Always What Gets Done

What Gets Measured Is Not Always What Gets Done

I’ve had an abysmal few months when it comes to reading books cover to cover as I keep inching toward my 1,000-book goal. And I’m perfectly OK with that because it’s for good reason.

As it turns out, I've started but did not finish reading far more books over the last few months. And, as I’ve explained previously, if I don’t finish a book—no matter how far in I get—it doesn’t get added to my list. 

I’ve abandoned or temporarily set aside these books for various reasons...

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Consumer Debt? Think D.E.B.T.!

Consumer Debt? Think D.E.B.T.!

I’ve read a lot about personal freedom recently on social media.

My conclusion? Despite what marketers try to sell us, personal freedom does not come from having all the right stuff.

If anything, our pursuit of "having it all" ends up costing us years of work and clutters up our living spaces, our garage and even *gasp* a rented storage unit or two.

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The Overwhelming Hidden Cost of Keeping Up Appearances

The Overwhelming Hidden Cost of Keeping Up Appearances

There is SO MUCH pressure. It's everywhere, tacked on to every obligation or expectation we feel compelled to meet. 

We feel the need to:

  • Have the right friends
  • Date the right people
  • Have the right look
  • Be or look the right age
  • Participate in the right activities
  • Shop in and eat at the right places
  • Say, think and know the right things
  • Attend the right school(s)
  • Get the right job 

…and the list goes on.

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