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 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 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 [...]

The Walk That Changed Everything

The Walk That Changed Everything

"When and why did you decide to pursue Financial Freedom" This is a question we frequently get asked. But while I've touched on some of our reasons in various posts - I've never written a post about how exactly we started our journey here because it's a question that's simultaneously easy and hard for me to [...]

Top 11 Personal Finance Books (That You Won’t Find in the Finance Section)

Top 11 Personal Finance Books (That You Won’t Find in the Finance Section)

Mike and I are avid readers. In fact, it's probably my favourite hobby. When I was about 9 years old, I asked for a battery operated light as a birthday present just so I could covertly read under my covers after my Mom had told me for the umpteenth time to turn my lights out [...]

An Exercise In Dreaming (That Creates Actual Change)

An Exercise In Dreaming (That Creates Actual Change)

I would not exactly categorize myself as a dreamer. I have never been one to get lost in the clouds, entertain myself with wild visions of grandeur, or contemplate what I might do if I win the lotto max. Maybe it’s the way I’m hardwired, but I find such activities to be an utter and [...]

Staying “Trendy” On A Budget

Staying “Trendy” On A Budget

Full disclosure - this post is all about how to minimize your clothing, make-up and personal care budget, while still remaining "trendy"! If you aren't into that stuff, or you don't have a significant other whom you might be able to pass some tips onto who would be interested, you may find this post is [...]

What If Public School Is Your Only Option? (Guest Post – Chrissy @esb_fi)

What If Public School Is Your Only Option? (Guest Post – Chrissy @esb_fi)

This week I am super excited to have our very first guest post here at Freedom101! Last year when I wrote about our ongoing analysis between choosing Public School, Private School or Homeschooling for our kids, Chrissy from Eat Sleep Breath FI, had some great comments and insight to offer in response to the article. [...]

Finding Renewed Purpose In Retirement

Finding Renewed Purpose In Retirement

Author: Mike @ Freedom101 As early as I can remember adults would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I understandably had no idea how I wanted to serve my life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25-35 years, so I would often structure my response in the form of [...]