Author: Adventurer

Life Energy for Money: A Fair Trade?

Life Energy for Money: A Fair Trade?

I’ve calculated my hourly wage since I started working.  It’s a simple salary divided by weeks divided by hours per week, no biggie.  Is there really more to it?  Yes, according to Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez in Your Money or Your Life.  They establish that money is simply a thing you trade your life energy for, and step 2 of their 9 steps to transform your relationship with money and achieve financial independence is to establish your real hourly rate.

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Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

As an introduction to financial independence, and the foundation of what it means to live richly no matter what your income is, the book hits the nail on the head.  Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez have made waves with their 9 step program published in Your Money or Your Life since 1992.  This is definitely a great book to – in frugal fashion – check out from the library.

“Your money or your life?”  If someone thrust a gun in your ribs and said those words, what would you do?  Most of us would turn over our wallets. The threat works because we value our lives more than we value our money.  Or do we?

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Wedding Math: Spending Thoughtfully

Wedding Math: Spending Thoughtfully

First, I’d like to say thank you to my Mom and Stepdad for saving diligently throughout your careers and helping to pay for a large part of the wedding.  Full disclosure: I wanted to elope, but my mom wouldn’t let me.  She was determined to see her only daughter get married, and said she would no longer speak to the Wanderer if he let me go through with eloping.  Since that’s not a good way to start a marriage, we decided we had better do the thing.  So I guess the TLDR of low-cost-to-you weddings is “threaten to elope.”  Just kidding!  How to ensure thoughtful spending that feels meaningful for everyone?

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StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0

I took a StrengthsFinder course through my employer, which presented the information in the first part of the book and then had activities for developing talents.  I bought StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (it’s essentially a companion to the test) after attending the course. The most useful piece of this book is the code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment online for yourself, and most of the other information is available through the Gallup website.  The biggest thing I gleaned from the course and the book was to stop wasting time trying to develop talents that are not innate, and to instead focus on my talents I do have.

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