2017 Review, 2018 Goals, and an Exciting Blog Announcement

2017 Review, 2018 Goals, and an Exciting Blog Announcement

Every year, I make an effort to look back and take stock of the blessings, challenges, lessons, and accomplishments of the year.  Reflection helps me grow.  And this year ended with a bang – a fun surprise in late 2017.  Also, this year, for the first time, I am committing all of this to writing – and sharing it with you.  But also, I will give you a peek at our 2018 goals, and then reveal some exciting news for…

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Happy Thanksgiving – Some Financial Thankfulness, And a Question For You

Happy Thanksgiving – Some Financial Thankfulness, And a Question For You

Happy Thanksgiving all – I hope you are enjoying this day with family and friends.  I am thankful for my wife, my family, my health, my job – so many things this year.  But on a financial note, we have many things to be thankful for.  Our job, our savings this year, and opportunities to give back.  But even more than all of those, we are thankful this year for the many things that my wife and I have learned…

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My Latest Financial Freedom Convert

My Latest Financial Freedom Convert

As readers know, this blog seeks to make $0 ever…but today’s post is all about why I do this: seeing peoples’ financial lives change in ways that greatly enhance their overall lives.  Especially if it helps someone live vigorously – seeking financial freedom in order to serve others. And every time it happens, it renews my faith in human potential.  This time was no exception.  I fight to see a world where everyone can live out their purpose and organize their lives…

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Financial update (July 2017) Inching forward

Financial update (July 2017) Inching forward

We once again made some progress, but we ended the month with some excellent news!  More on the news below, but first, here’s how the month turned out. For July, we implemented several changes in the calculations.  For that reason, July may be a little off compared to past months, so our progress may be obscured.  I’m still deciding what to do with a few things that don’t quite fit into the monthly household expense template, like business expenses that…

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Student Loan Conqueror! A Guest Post at Less Debt, More Wine

Student Loan Conqueror! A Guest Post at Less Debt, More Wine

Today Liz, a popular personal finance blogger, published the story of how I repaid $200,000 in student loans.  (You can find more on that here, and more tips for repayment here as well.)  Liz’s blog is called Less Debt, More Wine (great blog title, eh?). In addition, I’ll soon be posting my ultimate guide for student loan repayment, where I’ll share with you all of the things that helped me do this efficiently as well as the tips, tricks, and…

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From Homeless to Hopeful in One Year

From Homeless to Hopeful in One Year

Today, I am proud that my favorite financial independence blog, Mustard Seed Money, is hosting a guest post from yours truly.  Please head on over and check it out!  It’s a story about how someone who became homeless changed her life in a year’s time, all by implementing some simple financial principles.  Hope you enjoy it! Update: The story has generated many interesting comments and discussion, and has been featured in Working Optional’s “Last Week’s Awesome.”     (Thanks, Working Optional!)

Happy Fourth of July! (And Some Gratitude Practice!)

Happy Fourth of July! (And Some Gratitude Practice!)

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!  As always, I am reminded to thank the veterans in my life who fought so hard and given so much to give us this freedom and to maintain it. This Fourth was a poignant reminder of how much some have given up so that the rest of us may enjoy those freedoms.  As I sat enjoying fireworks, a close family member and veteran, and avid outdoorsman, remained inside, because no number of years can take…

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Financial Update (June 2017): Inching Towards Success…

Financial Update (June 2017): Inching Towards Success…

And we’re off! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclosures for more info. Success!  This month, we can begin to see our progress grow steadily.  We’re only a few months into this – and into such measurements – but it’s exciting to see small but measurable results. We’re slowly inching towards progress; the green line is marching ever upwards.  (It represents our passive income potential, or how much we could potentially earn by living on our investments…

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Why this blog aims to make $0…ever.

Why this blog aims to make $0…ever.

Many bloggers jump into this — especially in finances — hoping to make money from it, or a career.  But, surprise, surprise, personal finance readers (like yourselves) tend to be frugal folks who spend little and save more — which is great!  Your humble writer, however, has a different goal, and I want to be transparent about it: . . . 

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