Reflecting on Two Weeks of International Travel

What a couple of weeks it’s been! I just returned to the US after my first trip *ever* outside of North America. Honestly, I wish I could have said that years earlier, but better late than never, as they say. During my trip, I spent about a week in Germany, a few nights in Prague, and a couple of nights in Vienna and in Split, Croatia. And yes, that time went by fast. Considering the…

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I Quit My Job Because My Sanity is More Important Than Money

It was 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Just an ordinary morning in late February; the weather was nice, albeit gloomy.I walked into a conference room where my manager waited. This meeting was a weekly "checkpoint" where we would review a performance improvement plan.I walked into the room knowing this meeting would not be necessary that day. Why not? Because by the time I left that room, I would have resigned my position.If you want…

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The Frugal Fellow Turns One

In some ways, it's hard to believe it's been a whole year. In other ways, not so much. That's because it has gone by relatively quickly, but at the same time, SO much has happened. Either way, it's true - the very first post on this blog was on March 14, 2018. It's been quite the ride since then. I'll be totally honest - I definitely had the existential crisis many bloggers experience at the…

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2018: A New Blog and a Whole Lotta Firsts

On February 24th, 2018, I started a new blog. No need to check my first post here, though, because that date doesn't match up. I initially started a blog where I intended to talk about green technology. That is still a strong interest of mine, and I still talk about it here and there. But I wanted to have a blog that would appeal to the masses a little more. So I wondered: what is…

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FinCon 18: Money, Friends, and Flamingos

Ahh, what exciting times the past several days have been. Not only did I have the best time attending my very first FinCon; I also had time to see Universal Studios for the first time. To say that it was a good trip would be an understatement. Like many others I've seen, I am pushing this post out kind of hastily for the sake of making it timely. So it may change a bit this week,…

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Guest post at tread lightly, retire early

So, I just wanted to let you all know that I had the honor of writing a post for Tread Lightly, Retire Early! Angela is someone who very much shares my outlook on finances. We are in agreement in the belief that the pursuit of financial independence should not show disregard for the environment. Until we find a way to colonize the moon, this planet is the only place we have, so we should be…

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My Why of FI

"My why of FI" - how's that for a rhyming phrase? Anyway, I have a confession to make: I'm not the most decisive person. If you ask me what I like to do for fun, I will probably have a difficult time responding very confidently. I mean, other than working on this blog, of course! But since I don't typically mention that in the context of small talk, I will usually say something like, "Ya…

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