FIRE.115 Hedonic Treadmill Thoughts

I heard a sociologist on the Crazy Money podcast talking about the Hedonic Treadmill.  They discussed the treadmill for a little while and it all seemed quite normal for any of us in the FIRE—or even Financially Responsible—community.  Hmmm, I wonder if I just created a new community—a Financially Responsible community of not purchasing anything …Read More

FIRE.114 COVID: Retirement Test Drive?

Most FIRE bloggers and journalists (me included—the former) spent the past few months sharing the opportunity we had to improve our lives and the environment with major opportunities to use the quarantine/lockdown to make ourselves so much better. Then I noticed a lot of writings about how the people working from home have newly-found flexible …Read More

FIRE.113 What a Morning

Life In FIRE example.  Today is Saturday.  Yes, I know in FIRE “every day is Saturday.”  But today really is Saturday and my morning was typical, but this specific morning, I took specific notice of its amazement. Today I woke up feeling nicely rested after sleeping in a little.  I woke up naturally.  It was …Read More

FIRE.112 AC/BC

How will you be After Covid (AC)?  How is your life different—better—than Before Covid (BC)? Most of us long for the return to a (mostly) BC lifestyle.  A life where we can go places and be around people without the concern of a possible deadly virus lurking nearby waiting to attach to our cells. Most …Read More

FIRE.111 IF Lockdown…

IF locked down, how would you voluntarily change your routine, yourself? I decided to experiment right BC.  That’s Before Covid.  I tried a random eating schedule starting at the beginning of March, a couple of weeks before lockdown.  I decided to try this hip Intermittent Fasting thing—“program”—and see IF I noticed anything.  I thought I …Read More

FIRE.110 Aging out….50!

So this year I left my 40s. I left the decade of being “not really that old yet.”  Of course, being 40-something is NOTHING like being 30-something.  Yet, being 40-something still gives you a little sense that much of the world lies ahead.  After completing your 50th year, you realize in every way you are …Read More