I started drafting this post on the day of our 11th anniversary. My ever-beautiful, awesome, and happy wife shared with me that morning how cool it was to have our special day on a Saturday, just like our original wedding day. I figured it high time I wrote about what an awesome partner she is, and how she's made me a better all-around dude. A happy wife in retirement is a … [Read more...] about A Happy Wife Makes a Happy Life
Life Purpose and Lifestyle
Your lifestyle and life purpose are the crucial variables that often get lost in the figures and spreadsheets of personal finance. Topics range from relationships to avoiding regrets and limiting social media consumption.
Way back in late 2001, yours truly got laid-off. After being in the workforce for a little over five years after college, this came as a bit of a shock. I thought I had it all figured out, and was “well on my way.” Here's the sordid tale about why my Peace Corps recruitment failed. Backing out of a big commitment is nothing to be proud of. I had been working for a large … [Read more...] about Why My Peace Corps Recruitment Failed
Today's post is all about the economics and developmental benefits of free-range kids. While enjoying the lovely scenery here in northern Michigan, I've read up on Lenore Skenazy's hugely popular book first published in 2009. Almost half-way through, the gist is pretty clear: Parents have become extremely paranoid about letting their kids go out on their own, even though … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Free-Range Kids
Is the stereotype true? Why are BMW drivers douchebags? Let's see if we can answer that profound question in a special Tuesday Rant, shall we? Oh, and disclaimer, I hate driving. I'd prefer to be riding my bike, but you know what, last night was softball night, and the team needed me there on time. Let's just call this a scientific observation experiment. So I'm on my way … [Read more...] about Why Are All BMW Drivers Assholes?
So how do you keep a marriage strong while weathering the ups and downs of parenthood? I'm no expert, but I can tell you what we've learned over the last few years of raising our little tykes. The importance of date nights cannot be understated. Why? For one thing, finding the time to have healthy conversations with your spouse to bond and to simply “check-in”, is not … [Read more...] about Why Date Nights Are Important for Frugal Parents