How do we define what we are doing?

We have a bit of a hard time trying to define and explain to people what we are doing this summer. Is it a trip? Is it a vacation? Is it a journey? An odyssey? An adventure? A quarter life crisis? Just kidding on that last one, kinda…

Or something different all together? Even when we are discussing our plans, we alternate between a few different terms. So we wanted to break things down. Because rarely is something completely one thing or another.

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Why I decided to confront my debt demons

“If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Debt keeps you from being yourself. Plain and simple.

Charades and how to play them

My financial journey began about 10 years ago when I decided to attend law school, incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt in the process. I realized half way through that I would not enjoy practicing law, but thought I was in too deep to not graduate. Chasing “better” jobs took me from St. Louis to Houston, and then to Austin where I live now. I have practiced as a tax attorney for the past five years. All while knowing that line of work, and the lifestyle it encouraged, did not align with my goals or values. Continue reading “Why I decided to confront my debt demons”

Hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt: An Austin Classic

Escape the Austin heat and traffic with a relaxing hike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail. Slip away from the hustle of the city and soak in a little nature. We love getting down here as often as possible. Many of the ideas for our summer of travel were concocted along this trail. We originally published this item on the Outbound.

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How We Are Traveling in a Teardrop Trailer

Teardrop Travel Trailer Life

When we started talking about this trip and a summer of travel, I lived in Austin and Becca lived in Houston. A number of RV dealerships dot the 160 mile trek between those two cities. I took a liking to the smaller teardrop trailers and began inquiring about their pricing. A friend of mine owned a similar type of trailer, so I sent him a text to get his thoughts. Continue reading “How We Are Traveling in a Teardrop Trailer”

Am I crazy for walking away from a good job?

Is this crazy?

Am I crazy for walking away from a good job?

On Monday, April 9, I put my notice in, letting my employer know that I would be resigning, effective at the end of the month. Sounds crazy, right? This decision came with a lot of thought, but after five years working in the professional world, I have collected enough data to determine that preparing tax documents is not how I want to spend the next few years of my life. At least not full time.

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Why you should not optimize for comfort

How do you optimize you life?

How do you optimize your life?

The decision to optimize for comfort is one of the most dangerous decisions you can make. Take a look at your couch. I’m sure comfort was one of the key factors when you purchased that fine piece of furniture. Maybe you also optimized the size of your couch based on the size of the room it would occupy. For most folks, a couch is one of the more expensive items in a home. Heck, the couch could be one of the more expensive items the average person owns. Cost is one thing most folks do not likely optimize for when purchasing a couch, especially if you’re paying a few thousand dollars.

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My Personal Finance Journey

Get Your Head Out of the Sand! 

I have learned some hard money lessons over the years. I didn’t even know what personal finance was until I was 30!! From about 2009 until 2016, I basically lived paycheck to paycheck (or really government loan to government loan when I was in law school). Doing that sucks. And for seven years, I constantly had anxiety over how I was going to pay bills. I stuck my head in the sand regarding my finances and basically ran out of the room anytime people talked about money.

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Balance

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How do you find balance?

Balance is harder and harder to find in today’s world. At least it is for me. All the way through college, everything is structured. Scheduled time for work, play, and sleep. Balance was sort of forced upon you. And then you get out into the “real world” … Continue reading “Balance”