I’ve been fascinated by an experiment lately, where I introduce the concept of FIRE (financial independence/retire early) in conversations where lifestyle, goals or finances come up naturally. This isn’t done in the context of encouraging anyone to pursue it or how to do it, just at a very basic:
I’ve heard of this new trend where people are minimizing their costs and saving up to 50% of their salary to become financially independent after 10 – 15 years and some even choose to retire in their 30’s.
I’ve done this with friends, acquaintances, co-workers and even a local tailor. Reactions have ranged from intrigued to predictably ‘that can’t be possible’. The act of saying we all have different goals is one thing, but having that simple short conversation has been fascinating to see other perspectives. It’s really re-enforced how important it is to spend some time having those conversations. So what financial goals and perspectives are out there? Continue reading “Talking FIRE, Six Financial Goals”
Have you ever spent time making plans for your goals and thinking ‘Awesome, I got this!’, only to start your journey and trip over an unexpected obstacle? Something you feel you could have seen coming? In a previous post, we covered how personal finances is similar to video games where you need protection and weapons. Whether you’re at the beginning or well into your journey, there are four financial obstacles you’ll should be on the lookout for and have the right protection and weapons to slay them:
Destructive attitudes that prevent you from learning about personal finance
Lack of goals
Fear of financial skeletons
Not understanding your emotional relationship with money
Have you decide to switch from a full time to contract position? Are you wondering how to find a contract?
Deciding to switch from a permanent to contract position is already a big leap. I teetered back and forth for at least a few years before an organizational re-structure had me take the leap to my first contract position. Once I committed myself to only seek out contracts, there was a whole other little mountain of questions I had. The first being: How on earth do I get my first contract? I had a vague notion about some basics: online presence, networking and recruiting firms.
Do you remember the nerves and uncertainty finding your first co-op, internship or job? Looking for my first contract position didn’t feel too different. But don’t worry, you can totally get that first contract! Continue reading “Finding Contract Work”
Did you know Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day are the most common days couples get engaged? I had no idea! Well except Valentines Day seemed obvious. Anyhow, when I came across that random fact, I thought it would be a good time to share how we pulled off a debt free wedding last fall.
Our wedding had 100 guests, full dinner, DJ, awesome photographer and bridal party. All for 10K.
I’m an avid fan of the outdoors. I’m not hard core or anything but every so often, I like to push myself outside my comfort zone. I wanted to do a multi-day backcountry camping trip. In Ontario Canada, the first place that comes to mind is Algonquin Park. And rightfully so, it’s beautiful there. But this time around, I was less enthused about that option. I wanted more of a challenge, something a little more remote.
And then I discovered the La Cloche Silhouette trail, an 80km loop, in Killarney Park! Perfect! The trail is difficult, rugged and has amazing views! You know how the saying goes: ‘be careful what you wish for’. This trip gave me everything I wished for and then some. Including an uncooperative bear! Continue reading “Backcountry Camping, Personal Finance and a Bear”
Have you ever been told you can’t do something and just wanted to prove them wrong?
I have a confession to share… I got addicted to playing a video game. It started out as a light distraction until someone told me I couldn’t reach the highest level with a certain character type. I spent the next 9 months dedicated to achieving what they said was impossible. That taught me a couple things: with patience, the right tools, strategies and willingness to ignore mainstream nay-sayers, you can accomplish most anything.
Do you have goals that you’ve put down as pipe dreams? Or maybe your dream life isn’t in the realm of ‘possible’ by society’s standards? I bet in a lot of cases, it is possible.
It was mid-winter 2015. I had trudged through the snow on my usual 20 minute walk to work. What I really wanted to do was call in sick. I was exhausted from working all weekend implementing a software upgrade. But I had a meeting first thing with my director; I thought I was walking into a 1:1.
A few years ago we made a pivotal decision in our relationship: move in together. Not in my 1200 square foot rental, but into his 500 square foot bachelor condo. WHAT an earth were we thinking?! We wondered that sometimes too. It’s safe to say we get strong reactions when we explain our living situation and insist it’s possible. It can also be a great way to reduce consumerism and contribute to healthy financials. Continue reading “Small Space Living: How to Decide if It’s Right for You”
With December coming to an end, the new year is barreling towards us. This is when people look back at what’s passed, and make New Year’s Resolutions. Big resolutions are great, especially if you’re able to hang in there for the long haul until you reach it. I’ve set goals, big and small; some I reached, others I didn’t. What I have learned though, is that the impact of smaller goals or new year’s resolutions are often overlooked. Continue reading “Small Changes, Big Impact”
I’ve always loved this time of year. When it’s starts getting dark early and cold with a few light snowfalls, I know one of my favourite time of year is around the corner. Something about the cheerful atmosphere, colourful lights and cozy nights inside focusing on hobbies that have languished during the summer. This is what the holidays are like for me these days. It wasn’t always like this, they used to be stressful with all the running around, hustle to get stuff done and expensive with gifts. And then I realized that all traditions and gift giving are OPTIONAL. Continue reading “Stressed for the Holidays?”