I've seen what happens to average American households who don't learn how to manage their money for the short and long-term. Overcoming this is how I came to the Personal Finance community. I believe in Financial Independence, however I don't believe that it is possible for everyone to achieve. However, I do believe that no matter how much you make, you can train your brain to make decisions and take concrete steps that will walk you out of the stress and strain of chronically not having enough. Having enough money in your life to not only survive but to thrive is what the American Dream was really about, after all.
The Dark Side of Mini-Retirement
Six years ago, I made a deal with the Debt Devil. The deal was this: I would suffer however I needed to to pay off $40k in debt in return for assured success. To honor myself, I vowed that when the debt was paid, I would save up enough money to take a ‘mini-retirement’ (multi-month,... Continue Reading →
Why I’m Taking a Mini-Retirement in my 30s
Mt. Hood, Oregon from the White Salmon, WA side of the Columbia River, July 2019 About a year ago, I made a scary but a conscious decision to quit my full-time job which I was desperately unhappy with to take a job as a contractor in my field for 6 months. This meant that I... Continue Reading →