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My Biggest Splurge Before FIRE

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Last week, I picked up my new glasses and posted a picture on social media. A few sharp eyed readers commented that they loved the background. I replied it was a splurge before I discovered FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early.) Do you recognize the picture? It is Mrs. RB40’s favorite cartoon canine – Snoopy. The […] Read More

How to Start a Blog and Why You Should

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A few weeks ago, I went to drop our kid off at school and met one of his friends’ mom. We had a short conversation while we waited for the kids to go inside. She asked what I do, and I told her I’m a blogger. She must have heard “logger” because she said something about […] Read More

Updating My Christmas Bucket List

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It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time to go over my bucket list. Christmas is the perfect time to reflect a bit and evaluate what you want to do in the future. We all have a few days off and nobody really wants to think about finance too much. Besides, RB40Jr is on winter break […] Read More

How to Be Lucky in Life

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This is a follow up to last week’s – You Don’t Have to Be the Best to Win Big in Life. In that post, I suggested that anyone can be successful by following a few guiding principles. One of these principles is to be lucky. Hmmm… You might be skeptical, but being lucky will really […] Read More

Are Systems Better Than Goals?

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This week, I’m reading Tim Ferriss’ new book – Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Tim Ferriss basically compiled the best bits from his podcasts and put them in a huge tome. Luckily, you don’t have to read every line of the 660 page book. It’s best […] Read More

What’s Your Ideal Work?

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What’s the difference between ‘work’ and ‘job’? We use these two words interchangeably most of the time, but there is a subtle difference between them. Here are the definitions from the Oxford online dictionary. Work – Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. Job – A task or piece […] Read More

When Will You Feel Rich?

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Hey, do you feel rich? Yes, yes, I know. It’s all relative and some people say you’re rich if you’re healthy, have a good relationship, are an integral part of the community, and help the less fortunate. I agree that you don’t have to have a ton of money to feel good about yourself, but […] Read More

3 Weeks in Thailand – 2016

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Welcome to the RB40 Road Show! When we didn’t have a kid, we usually traveled internationally once per year. We decided to put off traveling after RB40Jr was born because traveling with a baby is very inconvenient. There are plenty of things to see and do locally so we didn’t feel the need to drag […] Read More

Do I Feel Bad About Being a Stay-At-Home-Dad?

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A while back, I got an email asking – Do you feel bad being a stay-at-home-dad while your wife works? That’s a good question because there is still a lot of social stigma attached to being a stay-at-home-dad. SAHDs are pressured to feel bad because that’s how we were raised. Dads are supposed to work […] Read More

Can You Travel for Months at a Time?

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We went on a trip to Eugene for 4 days last week and I couldn’t wait to get home. I have felt this way before, but it usually surfaces after a few weeks on the road. This wasn’t even a real trip because Eugene is only 2 hours south of Portland! The funny thing is […] Read More