Financial Independence 2.0


May 22, 2014 | Posted in FI

If you asked me one year ago what my definition of financial independence was, I would have replied with something along the lines of “it’s when you have enough money where you don’t have to work ever again”. While I

Drive your life Forward

drive your life forward

May 7, 2014 | Posted in lifehacking

Why do we spend the better portion of our lives obsessing over the trivial, while neglecting objects of true significance? Most people have life goals that mean an incredible amount to them, but they allow life to get the better

Zero your cerebral inbox.

how to zero your mind like you would zero your email inbox.

April 23, 2014 | Posted in lifehacking

Our brains are capable of amazing things. They’re responsible for every single advance in human civilization, and after thousands of years of evolution our brains have grown in size and complexity. We know more now than we ever have before.

Get your ass outside this Spring!

Enjoy Nature. Enjoy Life.

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

After a ridiculously long and cold winter the temperature has started to climb above the 70 degree mark, and spring has officially begun. I don’t care what the calendar says. Spring doesn’t officially start until you can completely turn off

A Kick-in-the-teeth Guide to Investing


March 26, 2014 | Posted in Investing

Most people aren’t rocket scientists when it comes to investing. I’m not either, but I know enough about it that hopefully I can teach you something about it in the next five minutes. You need to know why you’re investing.

Quit your job and do something you love.

Quit Your Job and do something you love.

March 23, 2014 | Posted in Financial Independence

When I created this site my goal was simple: to retire by age 35 and to document the 7 year journey. During these past 15 months I’ve gone through many life changes. We downsized to a smaller house, brought a

Overcoming Mistakes.


March 13, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

Fifth grade was a big year for me. It was the year that my age was finally in the double digits. It was also the first time that I realized that I liked girls. One girl in particular caught my

Budgeting, Maxing out, and Avoiding Impulse


March 5, 2014 | Posted in How money works

Set up a budget. The idea of budgeting makes most people cringe, but I think that’s because most people only half understand this concept. It isn’t about deprivation. It’s about TRACKING your spending. Without a budget you can’t honestly know

Finding happiness

happy hour

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

During the fall of 2013 Mrs. M and I attended a workshop in Ecuador which covered the basic topics of Happiness, Freedom and Wealth. One of the presenters (who also happened to be the host), Cheryl Reed, led a class

Retiring with $650k less in 7 steps

Mow Your Own Damn Lawn

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Early Retirement

Over the past two weeks I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with a reader through email who desperately wants to retire by 55. He’s currently 43 and has $600k saved in his 401k. With 12 more years to optimize and