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Gone for Chautauqua in Greece!

Hey all, We are going to be away for the next two weeks as we will be speaking at Chautauqua in Greece! Nestled in the base of Mount Olympus near Litochoro, Greece, we are meeting, mingling, and making a new group of lifelong friends! We will be periodically posting updates and pictures on this post, so come back to see what we’re up to. In the meantime, we’ll be delayed in answered comments and e-mails, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from us. We’re busy “Greeking” out and MathingShitUp with our Chautauqua family! Opa! *smashes plate*     […]

Reader Case: Okee from Muskogee

It’s Friday, and you know what means: Reader Case time! Before we start, a few thoughts on today’s letter. In fiction, one of the hardest things to pull off when writing dialogue is voice. Voice is what gives a character a distinct “sound,” if that makes any sense, and when done well can a) make the character instantly recognizable just by how they talk and b) makes you “hear” what the person sounds like in your head as you read it. Just from a writing perspective, today’s letter is a fantastic example of something just dripping with voice. Seriously, read this […]

Why Suze Orman is Clueless about the FIRE Movement

So, lately the FIRE community’s been up in arms over the recent episode on Paula Pant’s Afford Anything podcast. In this episode, Paula asks bestselling author and self-proclaimed “Money Matriarch of the World” Suzy Orman the question listeners are dying to know: “What do you think of the FIRE movement?” At the time, while listening to the podcast I was making breakfast. One second, I’m whistling to myself and flipping eggs, the next thing I’m whipping my spatula across the room. But before we get into why, please go to Paula’s podcast and listen to the episode entitled “Why I […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Iceland: Fire and Ice and Surprisingly Nice Part 3

After my previous posts about the appetizer and main course of Iceland, it’s time for dessert! Jökulsárlón (The Glacial Lagoon): Even though we’d rented a car for the week, I agonized over visiting Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s Crown Jewel. The reason? Jökulsárlón is almost 400 km from Reykjavik, which means, at a speed limit of only 90km/hour,  it would take us almost 5 hours to drive there—each way. I tried looking up places to stay in the city of Vik, half way between, but since it was high season even the least expensive Airbnb cost $300 USD a night and most were […]

Who’s FIRE’d up about the FIRE Movie?

Last year around this time, we attended FinCon for the first time, as you’ll remember from this post . That turned out to be a truly memorable experience, since we got to meet and hang out with many of our fellow FI bloggers, who we only knew online, in the flesh. People like my personal hero J.Money, Carl from 1500days, J.D Roth, etc. And the most memorable (and humbling) experience was being filmed for a movie by Emmy-award winning directors Travis Shakespeare and Scott Rieckens . If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s nerve-wracking giving a speech in front of a crowd, let […]

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