How Self-Isolation Taught Me About Happiness
At the beginning of this year, our calendar was packed. We were going to fly to Austin for a Google talk, go to L.A for a documentary, fly to St.Louis to speak at the Financial Freedom Summit, visit friends in Colorado, and somewhere along the way, fit in a talk at a female empowerment retreat, and a silent ten day meditation retreat/Vipassana. I never thought I’d get back on a treadmill after quitting work, but inadvertently that’s exactly what we did. By saying yes to everything, we had no time to think or reflect. That all changed with the pandemic. […]
Holy crap, there’s a FIRE dating app!
Dating inside the FIRE community has long been a problem we didn’t know how to solve. Traditional dating apps like Tinder weren’t a great fit, since they didn’t allow people to filter based on being part of the FIRE community. Plus the definition of who was or wasn’t part of the “FIRE community” was itself debatable. Was the solution to hold mixers as part of existing FIRE meetups? Did we want to piggyback off of existing communities like the Mustachians or the ChooseFI Facebook groups? Or did we want to create a new community entirely? All this was part of […]
All the Ways Travel Screws You Up
The biggest culture shock of my life happened when I was 8 years old. As far as experiences go, moving from the falling down shacks and hole-in-the-ground urinals of rural China to the skyscrapers and flushable toilets of Canada felt as alien to me as moving to the moon. My brain nearly exploded from all the new discoveries. I touched snow for the first time. I tasted this smelly, bitter, yellow thing called “cheese”. I rode in a car with 4 wheels, no longer needing to be sandwiched between my cousin, my mom, and my aunt, while wobbling over the […]
How Has Covid-19 Affected Your FIRE Journey? Part 1
One of the biggest criticisms of FIRE is that it only works during bull markets. Before 2020, we’d been in a bull market for the past decade, so of course when FIRE stories hit the media, the response is a derisive snort followed by the inevitable “wait until there’s a recession, all you FIRE people will be eating dog food and living under a bridge!” Ok, first of all, everyone knows that cat food is WAY cheaper and WAY more nutritious. Duh. And secondly, I’d much prefer the Chinese medical waste heaps of my childhood over a boring old bridge. […]
Covid-19: Is this the End of Nomadic Life?
With the whole world under lockdown, planes grounded, and airports shuttered, one of the biggest questions on my mind is “is this the end of nomadic life?” One of the things I love about our lifestyle is that we can live anywhere in the world. Any passion projects we choose to work on can be done via our laptops and an internet connection. Our community is scattered all over UK, Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Asia. As a result, we’ve been able to simplify our lives down to 2 backpacks and the past 5 years travelling the world has […]