What Should You Do After FI? Build Your Talent Stack.
A university professor once told me “PHDs are basically just random ideas from different fields jammed together.” Her point was that every idea under the sun has been done before. There are no unique ideas. BUT, there are ideas that feel new because they are a combination of ideas that seemingly have nothing to do with each other. They may all be old ideas but the combination is what makes it unique. For context, at the time we were studying a way to design microchips that someone had come up with called Forced-based Placement. I won’t bore you with the […]
Reader Case: Crossroads in Oil Country
It’s Friday, so you know what means: Reader Case time! Today’s reader case is from a long-time reader at a bit of a crossroads (hence the title). She’s been living and working in Alberta, has been reasonably responsible with her money but she’s coming to the point where she’s asking “Is this it?” Her and her family wants to make a run for Financial Independence and want us to analyze their situation and figure out whether it’s even possible. So without further ado, let’s dive right in, shall we? Dear Millennial Revolution, My husband and I are 37 and 39 […]
Why We Can’t Stop Travelling
Play for full effect. This year marks our third straight year of near-continuous world travel, and some of the most common questions we get when we come by home to see friends and family are “don’t you ever get tired of travelling?” or “don’t you miss having roots?” or my favorite “don’t you miss having stability?” And when we get those questions, the answer is always no, no, and a thousand times no. What people back home still fail to understand is that this whole travelling thing isn’t something we’re “getting out of our system.” This is our life now, […]
Let’s Go Exploring! Hanover: Help, the Machines Have Taken Over!
We were sitting on the balcony of our friend’s apartment in Hanover, just chilling out and chatting when a massive ball of blinking lights appeared in the night sky. As the four of us watched, mesmerized, a mask appeared, which morphed into a skull, only to quickly dissolve and reform into a waving German flag. “What the Hell is that?” “Are those fireflies? Christmas lights? Shooting stars?” Personally, being the Harry Potter nerd that I am, I thought it was a Dark Mark and the Death Eaters had gotten another one. Finally, our friend Lena realized, “Hey! Those are drones!” […]
Birthing a Book Baby
“Writing this book almost killed me. It was like giving birth.” – Ramit Sethi “I’d cry. I’d whine to Mr. Frugalwoods… I re-wrote the first chapter no less than 17 times.” – FrugalWoods “Did I enjoy writing the book? Um, let’s just say, I’m happy to have written a book.”– JLCollins “Get ready for the roller-coaster ride of your life! Writing a blog is nothing like writing a book.” – Vicki Robin “I spent over 2,800 hours of my own life writing Financial Freedom…writing a book is no joke.”– Grant Sabatier from Millennial Money. When it comes to writing a […]