Reflecting on Two Weeks of International Travel

  • Post author:Bob Haegele
  • Post last modified:June 2, 2023

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

  • Post author:Bob Haegele
  • Post last modified:December 26, 2023

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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FinCon 18: Money, Friends, and Flamingos

  • Post author:Bob Haegele
  • Post last modified:March 14, 2024

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…

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My Why of FI

  • Post author:Bob Haegele
  • Post last modified:June 3, 2023

"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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6 Ways Anxiety Makes Life Difficult

  • Post author:Bob Haegele
  • Post last modified:June 4, 2023

Anxiety is a complicated subject, to say the least. While I am not a psychologist by any stretch of the imagination, I speak from experience. That's because anxiety is something that affects me personally. And by that, I mean it is a daily struggle. That may not be obvious because I tend to be pretty outgoing online, but that is far from the whole story. I have mentioned it on Twitter at least a few…

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