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How To Rewire Your Anxious Brain

As an anxious person, I don’t do well with lack of control. With seemingly no end to this pandemic and no idea when or if we’ll ever be able to travel again, I’ve had to develop a routine to save my sanity. I found out about this morning routine from Chautauquan friends back in October, last year, when we travelled with them to Ireland. “You’ve never heard of Miracle Morning?” Dan asked, incredulous. Ugh. It’s one of those woo-woo “think yourself happy” mantras, I thought to myself. No thanks. As a logical person, anything with the words “miracle”, “secret” and […]

Reader Case: Real Estate Regret

Today’s case study came with an irresistible subject line, and before you all start accusing me of making that headline up for the clicks, it was the reader who came up with it, so shaddup. CASE STUDY – Real Estate Regret ————————– Hello FIRECracker and Wanderer, I binge read your entire blog! I am also an East Asian female who used to work in IT. And it’s really great reading about you guys! Finally I feel represented in the FIRE space! I’ve been pursuing Financial Independence since 2015, but I only started reading your blog 1 month ago, since I […]

How The Hell Are We Going To Pay For All This Stimulus?

As we enter the seventh month dealing with this damned pandemic, governments around the world have unleashed unprecedented spending in order to prop up companies, provide wage subsidies for laid off or furloughed workers, or just straight-up handing over cash to its citizens. This has been, to put it mildly, HUGELY expensive. The US government is projecting a deficit of about $3.8 TRILLION dollars, and that’s just this year. In Canada, our deficit is projected to hit $343 billion, with COVID-related subsidy programs costing about $212 billion dollars. To put that in comparison, Canada’s budget for its entire military for […]

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 […]

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