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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…

Making Progress by 1%


I’m getting antsy We just got back from a trip. It was amazing.  And I’m getting ready to go back into the office, I’m struggling. As I prepare to return to the office after two weeks away, I’m just dreading it.  I’m having trouble getting motivated to go.  When can I stop?  Can we quit yet? I keep looking at…

I’m weird, You should be too


Weirdo. Freak. Misfit. Oddity. All these words have been used to describe me at some point in my life. I don’t know that it’s something to be proud of, and I certainly know that when I was younger it wasn’t something that made puberty any easier. I was always the kid with the big ears that sat in the back…

The World Through the Lens of FI- Rap Edition


Today we wanted to share a little game we play in the Kingdom of Waffles.  Ever since we have been on the path to FI, we tend to interpret things from the outside world as if they were referencing parts of the FI mindset. We find that this happens especially with songs.  We’ll hear a lyric and automatically assume that…

The Very Best & Worst Mentor Ever


The other night I cooked dinner for BF & GF.  They’re both younger and just starting in their careers.  I hate to say it, but I’m old.  I’ve been doing the whole career thing for more than a decade, while I’m not yet 40, I’m old.  I feel it. The conversation shifted to how work was going.  Everyone went around…

Crawling Into Savings


 A Day in the Life of Mrs.Wow The other day I witnessed something really cool. I was in the middle of re-evaluating one of my kiddos, when all of the sudden she started crawling.  It was the very first time she had ever moved forward on her hands and knees (something her mother had been waiting patiently for a few…

The Point of Inevitability


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…