Browsing Category : Life

Well That Wasn’t What I Was Expecting


Ahh travel… We have a saying in this house. No one remembers when things go exactly as to plan. I mean seriously, who likes a travel story  that goes like this: We showed up and breezed through security.  Then we boarded a flight that was completely uneventful and comfortable.  Then we got to our destination, and the hotel was exactly…

A Tale of Two Races


The Beginning   Before I jump in, I wanted to give a shout out to the Happy Philosopher, since this post was born out of a chat I had with him at last year’s FinCon. It’s funny how a simple mention of a story while talking with a friend can lead into a full on discussion about life. Thanks HP for…

Goals, Stoicism and Net Worth


Over the past few months, I’ve become more and more interested in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.  I’ve read several books and blogs, the philosophy just seems to make sense. The more and more I find out about it, the more and more it I realize just how much it aligns with this whole FI mindset. The Basics The main…

Flamigos and Trailers – A FinCon Recap


FinCon We are on the plane ride back home from FinCon.  It’s just kind of settling in: All the great things we read, and learned. All the great people we met. All the fantastic friends that we reunited with. All the great beers that we drank. Mainly, we spent the entire time studiously listening to every possible lecture, and talking…

Special Edition – ChooseFI Podcast


What a special day it is!! Today is a special one. It’s like the 4th of July, only it’s the 24th… of September! We’re guests on the ChooseFI Podcast!!  We’ve listened to this podcast from the beginning and it’s quite an honor to be hosted on the show! We discuss all sorts of things, Travel, Small Business, 401k’s ,and even,…

Ode to Merc


Let’s just say that the last 4-6 weeks have been a little rough over here in the waffle household.  I don’t know if Mr. Wow felt it, but I sure did. So many things were just out of control.  Sleep, eating, stress, beer consumption, lack of working out, poor work productivity.  I felt as if my life was in a…

The Evolution of the Souvenir


If you are like almost everyone, vacations and traveling are something that you get excited to experience for months leading into the trip.  There is planning, buying the tickets and studying the new place you are going.  All this excitement and anxious energy builds up into a crescendo so that when the trip finally arrives, you can hardly believe it’s…

Happy (Financial) Independence Day!


Hey Wafflers and Happy Financial Independence Day!   Regardless if you are already FI, close to it, or still grinding away, today is a great day to celebrate where you are on your journey. Take a minute to reflect and smile because of everything you have done so far. We wanted to personally thank you for taking time out of…

Privilege and Perspective


Privilege This is a hot topic in the FIRE community, and it’s something that we have explicitly tried our best to avoid on this blog.  Not for any reason other than it’s a touchy topic. We like to keep it fairly light around here.  Unfortunately this post isn’t going to be one of those, it might be a little tough…