The importance of narrative

Intro: The stories we tell to ourselves and each other matter a lot.  I don’t know where I read it, but I remember coming across research that said humans’ thought processes evolved first and foremost to win arguments rather than to understand the world for exactly how it is.  In that sense, our minds are more political than […]

Finding a better job

Intro: Last week I wrote about how much easier it is for people with above-average incomes to retire early.  For people with low-to-average incomes, it takes significantly longer. After optimizing expenses as best as possible, it makes sense to also chase higher incomes, particularly for those that don’t already make a killing as it is. […]

The 6 keys to a healthy life

Intro: This isn’t exactly my area of expertise, but then again, I’ve never claimed to be an expert in personal finance either.  I’m just very interested, learning as I go, and sharing with anyone that might want to listen.  With that in mind, I recently became curious if there was any simple, definitive list of the […]

Save like a Canadian

This article originally appeared as a guest post on Free to Pursue, a fantastic blog authored by a like-minded Canadian early retiree (left work in her mid 30’s) with much more life wisdom and perspective than yours truly.  She writes about experiencing true personal freedom and happiness and is refreshingly less fixated on the monetary framing […]

Live good: 1,500 of America’s experts share their wisdom

Introduction: Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something.  According to this standard, the 70-year-old life experts I’m going to discuss below have earned this designation 40 times over.  Nobody can argue with that kind of experience, but it only matters if it makes you more effective than […]

Intentional spending for happiness

This blog is loosely about the best way to spend your time and money.  That is a pretty loaded statement, so let me break it down a bit.  By best way to spend your time and money, I mean the way that will maximize your happiness.  Because that is what time and money are for, […]