We live in an age of internet trolls. Get on any social media platform or news source today, find a popular story or video and you will undoubtedly make the mistake of going to the comments section. It is here you will find some of the most hate-filled comments being exchanged between complete strangers. And although most of us look at such individuals in scorn, I’m afraid these furry little creatures exist outside the world wide web as well—trolls of everyday life may be next to you at the coffee shop, or at church, or at home around the dinner table. Continue reading “If You Don’t Care, You Can’t Complain”
Summer’s here, and that means I’m not working for a solid two months.
Now, let me first address the elephant in the post. Not working is a tricky phrase, because it doesn’t mean I’m merely lounging in my La-Z-Boy, consuming daytime TV or floating in a lazy river with a margarita in hand all day long, but it also doesn’t mean I’m going to my typical 8-5 job, grinding it out with students day in, day out. No more content meetings or rushing to the bathroom during passing period. No more getting home at 11pm from track meets on Friday. None of that, not for a little while, at least. Continue reading “A Preview of Retirement”
I made a point to significantly reduce the number of consumer purchases I brought into my life—to thoughtfully consider what it is I wanted to own and store and use. This brought a newfound level of peace and comfort to my life. This practice, referred to as minimalism, illuminated my priorities and passions. As a result, I began to use my free time to write, run, and create. I was living more meaningfully than ever before. But then I hit a roadblock along the path of creativity. I got stopped up. Slowly, I started consuming intangibles; those things that can’t be purchased. Those things that don’t occupy physical space. Continue reading “To Create Is To Be Human”
Cars cost money. Not only do you purchase the car, but you insure the car, change the car’s oil, fill the car up with gas. Of the many things that send people into financial stress, vehicles are near the top of the list. With this in mind, we must thoughtfully consider a significant consumer purchase such as this.
Last month, Jake and I took a weekend trip to sunny Orlando – the perfect refuge from our cold Midwest winters. We also got to see our college basketball team play in their conference tournament. The best part? The whole trip – flights, hotel, rental car, tickets, food, etc. – only cost us $600. If you utilize credit card rewards in the right way, you can do all kinds of weekend trips like this. Here’s how we did it: