It could be worse

When something bad or annoying happens I’ve been trying to look at it another way. Rather than getting upset that the vet visit was $300, I say to myself “$300 is a lot better than what it would cost if she needed surgery”. Then the $300 sounds like a small sum compared to what it…

Want less, feel better

In short: the less you want, the less money you spend and the less time you need to work. If you don’t desire a huge house, a nice car, even small things like buying a soap dish or a new welcome mat, you’ll spend less. When you spend less, you have more money. When you…

What I hope to accomplish by 2030

My desires may change, but so far I have a few goals to hit by 2030: Have a house and land I’ve always wanted my own land. The tricky part is picking where and when to pull the trigger. Right now we’re leaning towards the Pacific Northwest, but we’ve also never been up there, so…

My thoughts on clothes

I hate to admit, but when I was in middle and high school nearly all my purchases were made with the thought “I wonder what others will think of this”. I had dozens of shirts from Threadless, skateboarding and surfing shirts, and skate shoes. I wanted my clothes to say something about me. I think…

Strong opinions loosely held

Strong opinions loosely held

I first saw this quote on Nat Eliason’s Twitter and it’s one of those rare sentences that actually resonates. I’m not one for quotes, but there are times I find one that speaks to something I’ve been thinking about and does it so succinctly. What I love about it is that it helps explain something…

Question the defaults

Question the defaults

If something is a default, question why that is. Many people find defaults to be the safe choice. “Everyone is doing it, so I probably should to.” It’s that social proof we see on sites. A product has 700 reviews and everyone is talking about it. It’s the safe choice, but is it the right…