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Want to retire early? Do this one thing.

Have you ever noticed that the time it takes you to do something expands to fill the time you allow yourself to do it? I see this most frequently at work. If I have 5 tasks to do and all day to do them, it takes me—surprise!—all day. If I only have half a day […]

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Weekend reading. The best retirement articles from around the web.

Retirement planning affects almost everyone so, not surprisingly, there are a lot of people writing about it. I do my best to bring you helpful information each week, but there are lots of other writers out there producing great stuff as well. With that in mind, I thought I’d start periodically highlighting some of the […]


One month ago I left for a mini-retirement. Here’s what happened.

“One cannot really come to appreciate one’s life, save by playing with it and hazarding it a little.”   ~ Jack London Just over a month ago we packed our bags and hit the road for Mini-Retirement #1. The trip was part vacation and part experiment as I tested out some of the things that I’ve […]

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Bon Voyage!

Greetings from seat 22C, somewhere over the Atlantic en route to Ireland and England. Wow, that came up fast! When I decided last September to take our first mini retirement sometime in 2014, it seemed more like a thought experiment than an impending reality. Fast forward 9 months and I found myself knee deep in […]

the fierce urgency of now

The fierce urgency of now

What are you waiting for?  Permission?  Extra time?  Enough money? What’s holding you back?  Fear?  Laziness?  Uncertainty? I’ve struggled with all of those things at one time or another. In fact, I’m struggling with most of them right now as we get ready to head out on our first mini-retirement (update on that next week). […]