Our 2020 Finances: How Much Did We Make?
(Click here for Part 1 to see how much we spent. Click here for Part 2 to see our portfolio performance) Be an engineer. Don’t be a writer. Writers don’t make any money…. …except when they do. I never thought I’d ever make a livable income as a writer. Not when we first started writing in 2008, not when we signed with a literary agent, and not even when we got our first advance for our children’s book, Little Miss Evil. Despite my cynicism, I still framed our first $200 author paycheque smack dab in the middle of our […]
Our 2020 Finances: How Did Our Portfolio Do?
(Click here for Part 1 to see how much we spent this year.) Alright! 2020 is finally over! We made it! Just barely, but we made it! At the beginning of this year, we were hanging out in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We were riding high off the surprisingly strong stock market performance of 2019 that saw our 60/40 portfolio return a stunning 16%. And I was sitting in a cafe answering emails from readers asking how I could justify putting money into the stock market when valuations were at such nosebleed levels? My answer to them turned out to be […]
Our 2020 Finances
To say that 2020 has been challenging is an understatement. After the devasting news about Wanderer’s dad’s brain cancer diagnosis, we immediately cut our nomadic life short by hopping on the 2nd to last plane back to Canada from Taiwan, just before all the borders closed. With 2020 at an end, this means that we’ve been retired for over 5 whole years! Buying our time back has been the best money we have ever spent, and in no other year has that been more apparent than this one. Despite having our ambitious schedule of conferences, a Google talk, and filming […]
How Introverts Experience the Holidays
As we near the end of 2020 — aka “the dumpster fire that seemingly never ends”– and COVID-19 continues ruining our holidays with forced shutdowns all over the world, I started to wonder, is there anyone that’s actually benefiting from the cancellation of holidays plans? Could some people actually not just be doing well during this holiday period, but actually thriving? As ludicrous as it seems, believe it or not, one of the (very few) bright spots of the holidays being cancelled by COVID-19, is that 20% of people are somehow feeling better than they did in previous years during […]
How 2020 Taught Us What Really Matters
The end of the year is typically a time of reflection. As the holidays arrive, it gives us all a quiet moment to look back on all the things that happened during the year. And while every year has its ups and downs, 2020 will forever stand out as a year we will simultaneously always remember and wish desperately we could forget. This year felt like a goddamned decade. Remember, this year started off with half of Australia on fire. Donald Trump was impeached. The US assassinated an Iranian general, putting America and Iran on the path to all-out war, […]