The Resolution: March 2018

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Here we go again.  The resolution continues.  How many of you are still thinking of your New Years’ Resolution?  Are you tracking your progress?  How are you doing so far?

As my readers know, my New Years Resolution is to spend no more than $1250 CAD per month during 2018, or $15,000 for the year.  In January and February combined,  I ran up a bit of a budget deficit, and going into March was about $900 behind on my goal already.

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31-Year-Olds Spend $61K Per Year

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Well, as a new blogger trying to wade my way into the world of FIRE and its associated community of keen savers and earners, I try to make a habit of keeping up to speed on the financial happenings in the world.  I listen to a lot of Podcasts related to finance and the economy, such as David Stein’s Money for the Rest of Us, most everything from The Economist and also Planet Money from NPR.  I also like to read blogs and media sites, primarily when killing time and being ‘unproductive’ at work, such as right now.

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Millennials’ Biggest Obstacle is Millennials Themselves

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We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. -Seneca

So often these days we hear from young people – Millennials – about how much harder they have it than did the previous generations.  Houses are more expensive, wages are stagnant and student debt is soaring.  I am definitely guilty of subscribing to this train of thought at times, whether it be while assessing my own situation or just observing the world in general.  But how much of it is really true?  Do millenials really have it that bad?  Or are they just a generation of entitled brats who would rather focus on the few disadvantages they have over previous generations rather than the endless forms of proverbial legs up their generation possesses?  Well, consider the following.

 

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What Will You Do? Ride a Bike Around New Zealand

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“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” -Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning 1946

 

When you decide to do things against the grain, society tends to condemn you, one way or another.  At the very least, society doesn’t understand both why and how you are doing what you’re dong.  The same goes for early retirement (or “Financial Independence”).  So, I have decided to start a new series named after the oh-so-persistent question,  “What Will You Do?”  This series will also allow me to ‘constructively’ indulge in some of the daydreams I tend to entertain while passing time at my remote work site, where I spend 3 weeks at a time with just 5 other people.

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