Finding Freedom Week 11: Ignorance Is Bliss

Finding Freedom Week 11: Ignorance Is Bliss

I don't watch the news. Ever. In fact, I haven't watched the news in about 6 years. And I'm a much happier person for it. But the reaction I get from people when I tell them I don't watch the news is wide ranging. Often its surprise, occasionally it's an immediate assumption about my level [...]

Finding Freedom Week 10: My 4 Most Dangerous Words

Finding Freedom Week 10: My 4 Most Dangerous Words

The other day I was driving to the grocery store. It wasn't a good day. In fact, it had been a generally crummy day. I was sick. I was in a foul mood. My two year old had been in particularly full blown terrible two form, and Mike had done something to irritate me. I don't [...]

Finding Freedom Week 9: Imagine You Are Dead

Finding Freedom Week 9: Imagine You Are Dead

This week  we are going to continue down the path of my mildly morbid thoughts on dying. Except this time -  we are going to be dead. If you've followed the blog for any length of time, you'll be well aware that I have a strong affinity for clearing clutter. Both when it comes to [...]

Finding Freedom Week 8: Imagine You Are Dying

Finding Freedom Week 8: Imagine You Are Dying

Some say that death is the ultimate motivator. I have to disagree. Death in and of itself results in a very little getting done, at least by the person succumbing to it. The prospect of death is where motivation really comes into effect. It can turn even the biggest procrastinators into highly efficient machines. Largely [...]

Finding Freedom Week 7: The Personality Assessment

Finding Freedom Week 7: The Personality Assessment

I've taken a lot of personality tests in my day. From DISC, to the Big 5, to the Birkman Method, to a wide array of much more obscure testing methods, both for work and personal curiosity, I've tried to deep dive into what traits, tendencies, skills, weaknesses and emotional needs comprise the building blocks of [...]

Finding Freedom Week 6: Self-Authoring For Optimization

Finding Freedom Week 6: Self-Authoring For Optimization

I'm a big goal setter - when I don't have a clear and actionable goal set out in front of me, I feel.......aimless. Like a ship drifting on the sea's without a destination. Providing myself a way point keeps me motivated, focussed, productive, and most importantly for my personality type, it gives me a sense [...]

Finding Freedom Week 5: The Happiness Equation

Finding Freedom Week 5: The Happiness Equation

I generally consider my self to be an optimist. In fact, one of my favourite books is Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, I can regularly be found referring to myself as a half glass full kind of gal, and preach the importance of a can-do attitude to my kids. I have long believed that the [...]

Finding Freedom Week 4: Our Family Trip

Finding Freedom Week 4: Our Family Trip

This week I'm going to do a quick recap of our recent 3 week family trip to France, and discuss several valuable optimization and financial lessons that were highlighted along the way. But first, let's start with the recap. Riberac, France We had an amazing experience traveling with a large part of Mike's extended family [...]

Finding Freedom Week 3: How To Get The Best Sleep of Your Life

Finding Freedom Week 3: How To Get The Best Sleep of Your Life

*This post contains affiliate links. For more details on how we use affiliate links, please see our Privacy/Policy page. Last week was all about playing the role of the sleep alarmist, and quite frankly, I only hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the unpleasant effects even a moderate sleep deficit [...]

Finding Freedom Week 2: The Key to Optimizing Your ENTIRE Life

Finding Freedom Week 2: The Key to Optimizing Your ENTIRE Life

First up on my chopping block when it comes to total optimization -  is sleep. I spend a third of my life doing it (or at least I should be), and the quality of that sleep directly impacts every other aspect of the remaining 66.6% of my life. Whether it's my ability to make sound [...]