January Expenses and Finding Your Ideal Year

January was a perfect example of our seasonal life. Maybe it’s from growing up in wheat and cattle country, but I’ve never cared for each month to feel exactly like the last month. I love the ebb and flow of the seasons. I love to work on certain projects in certain months and then switch […]

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Mini-Retirement Mastered: Chris and Jaime

I’m so excited to share Chris and Jaime’s mini-retirement story with you! I’ve followed their story online and offline, and we have become good friends over the last year. There are SO many great nuggets in here, and their story echoes so much of our experience as well since starting this mini-retirement two years ago. […]

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4 Reasons People Fail to Take a Mini-Retirement

And how we can overcome them!

I remember the first time my husband and I talked about taking a mini-retirement. We were newly married, $55,000 is debt and earning about a $1000 a month. It might seem that we had no business even talking about such things! But I’m a firm believer that if you really know what you want out […]

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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 […]

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Why We Should Avoid the Success Stories

You know what posts/articles/books I almost never read? The crazy success stories. Not in personal finance, not in business, not in personal accomplishment. It makes for great headlines and grabs a lot of eyeballs. But I don’t think they are useful and are often actually quite harmful. Here’s why I think we ought to avoid […]

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Guest posts

Fall, school and cooler weather are in full swing here! Every quarter I take a full week to read, think, plan and do my quarterly review. Of all my habits, I would have to say this one moves the needle for me the most! Plus my friends from Freedom is Groovy are in Montana this […]

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