I appreciate the fact that the book includes Lauren Greutman’s personal spending story, along with some of her husband Mark’s experiences as well. We learn through stories, and when an author chooses to share theirs, it tends to stick with us as readers. To boot, she is a good storyteller and isn’t afraid to share information about her past decisions, the likes of which most of us would prefer to keep to ourselves.
One aspect of my professional life I don’t write about much on Free to Pursue, other than a vague hint of it here and there, is that my husband and I run a personal and small group physical training facility out of our home on a part-time basis. Since coming out of the FIRE writer closet in November 2016, despite some struggles in doing so, I see little reason not to offer some of the insights into successful living that I’ve gained from nearly a decade of experience as a personal trainer, especially having read my friend David's article on this very concept (thanks for the reminder David).
Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning" moved me beyond words. It moved me to tears, to laughter, and finally to wonder. It lead me to reflect on my life, on how I view and interact with others. And it made me meditate on modern society’s negative effect: eroding our ability to strive for that which matters most yet cannot be measured.
“Money Talks” makes it easier to engage in money conversations we’d otherwise avoid. This book is the ultimate how-to book for just about any money conversation. Using an astounding seventy-five different scenarios organized in this eight-part, 400+ page book, Gail covers everything from emotional manipulation, to managing change, to addressing power and control issues.
The insights I gained while reading this book has informed no fewer than sixteen articles and a number of talks I’ve written and delivered since discovering it in 2014. It helped me explain a number of situations I’d faced or witnessed others face where, no matter what we did over the short to medium-term, our situation seemed to either stay the same or get worse, almost akin to being caught in a rip tide.
Victory Lap Retirement offers up a good dose of inspiration, thanks to co-authors who are living what they advise and you can tell they’re enjoying this phase of their lives. I get the feeling they’re just getting started. Further, they share a great deal of their experience throughout the book by sharing their personal story at every stage, from how they managed their careers to planning and executing their “Victory Lap”. Their positivity and energy is infectious.
It's been a long time coming, but I've finally looked back on 2016 and picked out my top posts from this past year. I pick these posts based on the importance of the experience or based on how much I learned from writing about it.
McKeown helps us learn how to get more out of what we want in life without spending more (more time, more energy, more money) by providing the tools, the research and the rationale for us to get more by doing less. And he does so in a clear and concise way.