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{ 63 comments } How to Be Lucky in Life thumbnail

This is a follow up to last week’s – You Don’t Have to Be the Best to Win Big in Life. In that post, I suggested that anyone can be successful by following a few guiding principles. One of these principles is to be lucky. Hmmm… You might be skeptical, but being lucky will really […] Read More

{ 39 comments } Are Systems Better Than Goals? thumbnail

This week, I’m reading Tim Ferriss’ new book – Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Tim Ferriss basically compiled the best bits from his podcasts and put them in a huge tome. Luckily, you don’t have to read every line of the 660 page book. It’s best […] Read More

{ 79 comments } What’s Your Ideal Work? thumbnail

What’s the difference between 'work' and 'job'? We use these two words interchangeably most of the time, but there is a subtle difference between them. Here are the definitions from the Oxford online dictionary. Work - Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. Job - A task or piece […] Read More

{ 96 comments } When Will You Feel Rich? thumbnail

Hey, do you feel rich? Yes, yes, I know. It’s all relative and some people say you’re rich if you’re healthy, have a good relationship, are an integral part of the community, and help the less fortunate. I agree that you don’t have to have a ton of money to feel good about yourself, but […] Read More

{ 106 comments } How to Start a Blog and Why You Should thumbnail

A few weeks ago, I went to drop RB40Jr off at school and met one of his friends’ mom. We hit it off because she's from Thailand and we had a short conversation while we waited for the kids to go inside. She asked what I do, and I told her I’m a blogger. She must […] Read More

{ 44 comments } 3 Weeks in Thailand – 2016 thumbnail

When we didn’t have a kid, we usually traveled internationally once per year. We decided to put off traveling after RB40Jr was born because traveling with a baby is very inconvenient. There are plenty of things to see and do locally so we didn’t feel the need to drag our kid across the globe. We […] Read More

{ 62 comments } Do I Feel Bad About Being a Stay-At-Home-Dad? thumbnail

A while back, I got an email asking – Do you feel bad being a stay-at-home-dad while your wife works? That’s a good question because there is still a lot of social stigma attached to being a stay-at-home-dad. SAHDs are pressured to feel bad because that’s how we were raised. Dads are supposed to work […] Read More

{ 81 comments } Can You Travel for Months at a Time? thumbnail

We went on a trip to Eugene for 4 days last week and I couldn’t wait to get home. I have felt this way before, but it usually surfaces after a few weeks on the road. This wasn’t even a real trip because Eugene is only 2 hours south of Portland! The funny thing is […] Read More

{ 65 comments } Don’t Wait Until Retirement to be Happy

Last time, Adam and Jane gave us an update on their early retirement situation. Both of them have been ready to quit their job for a long time and they are just hanging on to shore up their personal savings. They were planning to work until they are 55 so their pensions will be fully […] Read More

{ 59 comments } What Was Your Financial Epiphany? thumbnail

Last week, Tawcan shared his 7 phases of retirement with us. His first phase, the financial epiphany, struck a chord with me. It is so easy to get caught up in the rhythm of everyday’s life. We get up, go to work, come home, enjoy the weekend, and start it all over again. Most people […] Read More