Going for A Bike Ride – Part 4

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To the typical rebuttal to the frugal way of life, and working toward our FI plans: But, what if you get hit by a bus? Well… I did, only it was a car.  This is Part 4.  You can catch up on Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. Recap It’s been almost a year since I was run over by a…

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Squashing the Trashsquatch

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Footprints Today, I want to talk about footprints.  Mine are about a size 6 1/2.  Most people tell me that I have small feet.  But of the women in my family I have the largest footprint.  My mother is a size 6 and my sister, a 5 1/2. Ok, but really, I am not here to talk about the actual…

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Hold Me Accountable

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Accountability is the reason that many of us start this whole blogging thing.  It’s amazing the power of putting goals out into the world and seeing an interaction of people with them.  They hold you to it.  It’s so easy for you to just shy away from a difficult task if it’s just you.  But, once you tell someone else,…

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Busy is No Longer an Excuse

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I wish I had time for that, but I’m too busy When I get some more free time, I’ll do [insert activity here] Or when someone asks how I am and I respond, “I’m good, just busy!” I have been saying these phrases all too often.  Quite frankly, I am sick of hearing myself say them. And I’m sure that…

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Happy National Waffle Day!!!!

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Today, August 24th, is National Waffle Day!!  At least here in the US, March 25th is National Waffle Day in Sweden. According to the Smithsonian: On this day in 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, N.Y. patented his invention, the stove-top waffle iron. While waffles irons of sorts have existed since the 1300s, Swarthout intended to perfect the design by adding a handle…

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FIRE is a Marathon

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A Marathon History Legend has it that Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to spread word of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.    He ran the entire distance and busted into the assembly of the government, proclaimed, “Victory!” and promptly dropped dead on the scene. Apparently, this distance between Marathon and Athens is precisely…

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How Hypothermia Taught Me to Always Trust My Gut

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You ever have that feeling when you know something is wrong, but you convince yourself that it isn’t? Maybe you’re doing something new and you don’t quite know what to expect, so you keep telling yourself that everything is ok.  Or, maybe you bring up your discomfort to a friend only to have them shoot you down and tell you…

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Guest Post on 1500 Days: The Bigger Picture

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Hey friends, today’s post is an extra special post for me.  This week I was fortunate enough to get to guest post on 1500 Days.  Being that this blog was one of the very first FI blogs I started reading, I can not be more honored by this. In addition, this post gives you glimpse of something I am super…

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Not all Debt is Bad

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Debt is a 4 letter word in the personal finance community.  Rightfully so.  It’s a dangerous drug that can be extremely addictive.  You can get what ever you want with a simple swipe of a card, or a signed piece of paper at the bank. I mean think about this… You take out a 30 year mortgage and depending on…

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Side Effects of Enough

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Enough.  It sounds like something my parents would say to my sister and I as we were driving down the road to our grandparents house.  Or something Mrs. Wow says to me as I’m trying to make her laugh by dancing in my speedo.  I never really put much thought into what that really meant until recently.  But really applying…

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