The Point of Inevitability

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The Chautauqua in Ibarra, Ecuador was quite an amazing trip. We got to meet so many amazing people. Throughout the week, we found ourselves mentioning to each other, “These are our people, This is our tribe.” It’s quite amazing to find such a diverse group of people that have so much in common. Ages varied drastically, career paths varied (although…

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Out of Office Message

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Sorry, we’re currently out of the office.  In case you didn’t know, we’re in Ecuador at the Chautauqua, hanging out with Mr. Money Mustache, Mad Fientist, Paula Pant, a Fiery Millennial, a Coach, and the Godfather himself, Jim Collins. And while all those guys are great, we’re also meeting other fantastic people and having phenomenal conversations about finances, life, and…

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The Power of the Cash Stack

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FIRE is a long journey, it’s a marathon if you will.  And it takes a long time to finally reach FIRE, and once you’re there, I can only imagine the freedom and relief you get when Sunday evening rolls around.  You get ready for bed.  Then you get up Monday morning… and you continue on with your weekend.  What a…

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Taking a Chance

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Two years ago, I took a chance. For the first time, I solo travelled to another country and continent.   Although I considered myself an experienced traveler, I had always traveled with someone. This time I was on my own. The destination: Ecuador.  The plan: Volunteer. To be honest, I was nervous.  I had gotten used to traveling with the…

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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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