"You Don't Have to" Series, Finance

You Don’t Have to: Buy a House

I had a eye-opening financial experience at the bank a few weeks ago. This encounter led me to ask the question: Is a having a mortgage financially superior to renting for life? Here’s the story: I went to see a financial advisor about getting a short-term loan for a project. Soon after this discussion, we got…

Finance, Independence

What I’ve Learned Converting to Mustachianism

I think I’ve finally found a religion that truly speaks to me. Mr. Money Mustache has proclaimed through the medium of blog posts, how to achieve ‘financial freedom through badassity,’ and in doing so has developed a way of life known as Mustachianism. I haven’t yet made it through all of his 200+ articles that…

Food and Recipes

The Blended Coffee Revolution

Our nearly two years living on the west coast has deeply immersed us in the near religion status that is coffee. It’s been taken from a simple cup of black, caffeinated beverage to a full-blown art form. For Andrea and I, an amazing epiphany occurred when a friend told us to try stirring some butter…

Self Improvement

David and Goliath: Treat your Weaknesses as Strengths

Over Christmas break I finally picked up and read a Malcolm Gladwell book after years of hearing great things about his writing. This one was called ‘David and Goliath,’ and it was about ‘underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants.’ Malcolm provides such fascinating short stories that show how traits that look like weaknesses…

Skills

My Ongoing Adventures of Creating a Blog

Coming from someone who still doesn’t really understand what ‘the cloud’ is, it was a bit overwhelming on how to set up and run a blog, and just recently, figuring out how to upgrade from Weebly to WordPress. So how do I start a blog or a website? In short, a functioning website needs: A…

Design, DIY, Skills

My Experience Moving Weebly to WordPress

It feels very exciting to have my newly WordPress’d site up and running! I’ve been with Weebly for about 3-4 years now, and it’s been a fantastic, affordable (even free ninety-nine), quick-to-start and easy to use place to build and ‘host’ my blossoming blog. Granted, it’s not without its quirks and glitches but overall I’ve…