You've probably heard it or seen it on a cheesy motivational poster: The road to success is paved with failure.
I prefer to call them screw-ups as it seems to imply more of a duh!!-moment and lessons are learned.
For two years now I've been writing about how I made my way to a million and how that eventually resulted in early retirement at 43. In my book
I write about the screw-ups, but on my blog I've not paid much attention to them.
Today I'll start a series that focuses on … Continue Reading ››
They say you can't put a price on a life. Well, there is something morally ambiguous about it, but it happens all the time. Sometimes, that pricing hits too close to home for comfort, in this case, when talking about the price of a life with diabetes.
Our son has diabetes
Before I go into the cold hard numbers let's take a step back. Three months ago our son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. For those who don't know, Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, … Continue Reading ››
Oh, the irony. In my last post I wrote about getting what you need, not what you want. Well, I'm writing this, sitting in my basement in a balmy 84 degrees while the HVAC guys are installing a new condenser and coils. Did I want a new Airco Unit? No. Do I need a new Airco unit? Yes, it is hot (and it will get even hotter next week). Am I tempting the powers that be, or did I prepare for all the right reasons?
I'm fairly technical so of course … Continue Reading ››
After 18 years of cellphone ownership I finally did it: I broke mine. Well not so much broke it but more like drowned it; took a swim with it. It didn't take it that well.
I tried the rice thing, hoping it would suck the moisture out and it would miraculously turn back on. Alas, it didn't. It was all done for, before I took it out of my pocket. My soaked in lake water pocket that is.
Now before I continue I have to disclaim, I used to be one that got what … Continue Reading ››
That's right, I'm 45 and June 18th will mark the second anniversary of retirement. 2 years into retirement and the funny thing is, this never started out to be retirement. I figured I would take some time off and figure out what's next.
Why retire at 45?
For, as much as my job had brought me, in experience, joy and money, in the end stress was starting to physically affect me. After 20 years of Business Rules Management technology it was time for a break. It was maybe 2 weeks into my … Continue Reading ››
A little too late you may say. "If your money is your business why do you write so much it"? No, my money is my business as in: it is my place of business, it is there to generate our income.
A modest income at that. My business isn't running that well to be honest. The year I took the helm (the year I retired), SPY saw a high of $208.44, yesterday SPY closed at $209.28. In that time span we've also seen SPY drop to a mere $182. Since my business is build on a … Continue Reading ››
It has been some weeks now that we cut the cable. Our heads haven't exploded yet, which is a good thing (I did not rule that out from happening). As a matter of fact we've hardly noticed.
No, we no longer get The walking dead
but we'll survive (as I'm sure will they). We no longer get the Daily Show nor the Larry Wilmore show which, given that this is election season, is probably a good thing. As entertaining as these shows are, they're also somewhat depressing.
Here is what we do still get, and … Continue Reading ››