Between 2 kids, 2 busy practices, exercise, continuing medical education and the prairie-dog style pop-up items that keep my to-do list at around 10-15 long, I have about 10 discretionary hours per week. Like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, these are preciousssssssss to me. They are fungible like money. I can do, well, whatever I want with them. I choose luxury. Continue reading “I buy $500 per hour guitar lessons: Discretionary time vs money”
There is a lot of talk about “lifestyle inflation” which is basically spending the extra money one makes as one gets more advanced in a career, gets a side hustle, inheritance, stock market gains, credit (terrible idea) or whatever. What about the opposite of lifestyle inflation? We voluntarily went through “lifestyle deflation” once we realized that we were spending our way to unhappiness. It’s not as bad as it seems and totally worth the short-term pain to get back on track. Continue reading “The Lifestyle Deflation Paradox – Decrease your lifestyle to increase it.”
A few years ago, I would never have conceived a time when I had the time or desire to blog about my life. My family and I were changing too much and we were far less certain about what we wanted from life. Times have changed!
We are now in the midst of an identity crisis of epic proportions, and that’s not a bad thing. Financial independence is within our reach, and only a major event could derail that in the next few years. I thought this would be a good time to reflect of how the journey to financial independence has change the vision my family and I have for life. Continue reading “Priorities make choices – How the road to financial independence is changing my priorities.”