This Wonderful Virtual Life

pieLast Thanksgiving, I spent the bulk of the afternoon darting in and out of the coat closet at my in-laws’ house. It was my first feature on Rockstar Finance, and I was absolutely mesmerized. Take a bite, catch up with a relative, check my phone. After three months of blogging talking to myself, people were actually going to see my blog. Was this real life? Continue reading “This Wonderful Virtual Life”

This Wonderful Virtual Life

Finding Contentment in Well Enough

Finding Contentment in Well EnoughWeekends are hard for me. Sundays in particular. No, I don’t dread going back to work the next day. The problem is that the weekends are a chance to slow down. Sometimes. And when I do slow do, I spend time catching up. Often times, I’ll read posts like “How to Pay Off $100K in a Year” and “How I Retired at 33.” I get inspired. But I also get really sad.

Those accomplishments are so far outside of my frame of reference. Simply put, they’re just not doable. Not now, and maybe not ever. This weekend, I started reading part of an early retirement post to my dad. For someone who doesn’t say much and pretends to notice even less, he read my face so fast, stopping me after only a few paragraphs: “You guys do well enough.” Continue reading “Finding Contentment in Well Enough”

Finding Contentment in Well Enough

My Passion is My Work

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To the people who say not to make your work your passion*, you’re right. Your approach is far more strategic and systematic. You will reach financial independence much faster pursuing a six-figure career than I will figuring out why teenagers are still tempted to cover their arms in glue whenever we create posters. You will also garner far more esteem in the media, on social media, from your friends, and at family parties. You, my friend, are an innovator. A disrupter. Someone who will push your field to the precipice, help pivot a struggling enterprise, or create the newest technology.

I don’t do what you do.

I couldn’t do what you do.

I’m also not sure I’d want to. Continue reading “My Passion is My Work”

My Passion is My Work

Motivation Monday: Happiness, Football Food, and TipYourself

Monday MotivationNeed a little smile this Monday? How about some football food to drown your sorrows? This week’s Monday Motivation is all about happiness, football, and rewarding yourself for life’s little wins. Even if your team lost big-time yesterday (I’m looking at you, Chicago.)  Continue reading “Motivation Monday: Happiness, Football Food, and TipYourself”

Motivation Monday: Happiness, Football Food, and TipYourself