Mini-Retirement Mastered: Michael and Ellen!

Do you have those friends you are just dying to introduce to all your other friends? In this new guest post series, I am so excited to introduce you to some of the amazing people I have met who are taking a mini-retirement too! They spill on all the juicy details of how they pulled […]

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5 Money Friends We All Need

We don’t just need friends who are good with money. But our social circles will directly impact our personal finances. Maybe you have heard the Jim Rohn quote, “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Over the years, I’ve become more discerning in what percent of my time is spent […]

5 friends we need to be good with money

Betty White: My Mini-Retirement Muse

I’ve been thinking about Betty White a lot lately. You know, how most people do. Partly, because I think she is delightful. But mostly because, in a roundabout way, she is what inspired me to take a mini-retirement path versus an early retirement (never work again) path. I want to be more like Betty White. […]

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I Wouldn’t Buy Our Wedding Rings Again

and other thoughts on minimalism and frugality

5 years ago the center stone of my wedding ring fell out. We added that expense to our list of “things to buy when we can afford it.” I suppose we could afford to replace the stone today, as we have $50,000 in our checking accounts. But I never have. Partly frugality. Partly minimalism. Mostly, my […]

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Create Your Own Dream A La Carte Price List

If you want to spend two weeks traveling or experience a 2-year Mini-Retirement, creating an a la carte price list for that experience is the perfect way to start planning. It provides the motivation you need to increase your income or saving rates. As well as the clarity that will help you start preparing. How to Create […]

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Mentoring Questions: Be-Have-Do

I wanted to create a new series to help you DIY your own money mentoring process with these Peer Mentoring Tools. It all starts with good questions. Most great mentors are great because 1. They “show up” in a meaningful way (focused on your goals, your situation, to help encourage you to make progress). And […]

How to do money mentoring with a friend