Browsing Category : Philosophy

Expectations and Reality


Last time, we let everyone know our plans. We’re packing up… We’re moving. We don’t know where, we don’t really know when we are going to settle down. And if you remember, at the end of the last post, I mentioned I was going to be giving my notice. This was something that I had definitely been contemplating for a…

You’re Average, So Am I


Average is an interesting term. The truest definition is: Average: a level (as of intelligence) typical of a group, class, or series https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/average That’s it, it means typical. But oddly that term has come to imply bad, or not good enough. Why would you just want to be Average?? Average is awful. I’m sitting here writing this in a coffee…

The Power of the Contrarian


I was at a meet up recently, and I got into a discussion with someone sitting across the table in the brewery. He made the claim that, “I need to buy a house because that is the best way to get rich.” Now, if you’ve been around here for a while, you know my thoughts on real estate, at least…

On Being Flexible and Stoic


The great twentieth century philosopher Mike Tyson once said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” The story behind that quote is fantastic. He was being interviewed about an upcoming fight, and the reporters where asking how he was going to handle all these plans that had been publicized by his opponent. His response was perfect,…

The Incredible Power of Community


Today we have a super special guest post.  He writes for a little blog that you might have heard of, 1500 Days. If you haven’t, you really should check it out sometime. Mr. 1500 has finally come through with his payment from our bet, oh… something like 18 months ago! Regardless, he came through, so if he ever owes you, take solace that you’ll get what you’re owed. As for the timeliness, that…

Always Be Interviewing: Guest Post on Fiery Millennial


This week we had the distinct honor of guest posting on Fiery Millennial. Gwen has been a great friend and asked me to put into writing some of the discussions we’ve had around job hunting, specifically interviewing. Like most things it’s a skill, and needs to be practiced constantly. So head on over to Fiery Millennial and check it out:

2018: A Year in Review


We have a tradition here in the Kingdom Of Waffles. We have this journal (See Above) that lives in our holiday decoration box, and every year, at the turn of the year, each of us write a new entry. First we read our entries from the previous year, then we write our new entries independently, only to be read 365…

Maintaining the Up Keep


So, here I sit.  Writing this post, on my birthday, I just got done having a fight with my lovely wife about where our life is going, and what our next steps are. What the fuck is wrong with me?  It’s my birthday, and I’m fighting with my wife over where our life is going?! How did I get here?…

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…

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…