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August 2015

Taking Time Off (August 21, 2015)

Starting today, I will be taking some time off to get away from everything… I’ll be out of town and hopefully as far as away from technology as possible.

I’m in search of inner peace… I will begin a spiritual journey to better connect myself with our Mother Earth.

It’s time to focus on some other (more important) things than just early FI and finance…

Although the journey to early FI is not yet complete, I believe that I have done everything that I possibly can to position myself for future success. It isn’t always easy, and many of the thoughts and strategies that I have implemented over the years will not resonate with others who are also on the journey.

That’s perfectly fine… If anything, it makes for some great debates and discussions. 🙂

One thing I’ve realized over the years is this — You have to stay true to yourself.

You won’t always be right… In fact, you’ll probably be wrong more times than right.

But learning doesn’t happen overnight… And in the end, you’ve got to go with your conviction and gut, even if it goes against the grain and popular sentiment.


With that said, I want to say “THANK YOU” to all the readers for your support through the last 4 years. It’s been a pretty amazing journey so far and I sincerely appreciate everything — comments, e-mails, meet ups, etc. It’s been an incredible ride…


Now, it’s time to focus on something else…


“For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I’m suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I’m not leaving… maybe I’m going home.” — Vincent Freeman, Gattaca


You’ve only got one life to live!

Be real.

Be true.

Be yourself.


I’ll be back soon. Take care everyone! Until next time…


Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Brie Schmidt over at Turnkey-Reviews. Funny enough, Brie was one of my original role models when I first discovered Bigger Pockets and real estate investing.

It was a lot of [continue reading…]


Stock Market Thoughts (August 19, 2015)


As I’m writing this, oil and energy stocks are being taken to the woodshed… again. It’s been another BRUTAL day, and who would have thought a few months ago than an investor could pick up shares of a high quality company such as ConocoPhillips (COP) for sub $48/share and a dividend yield of 6.2%?

What can I say? It’s getting ugly out there! Over the last 6-7 years, investors have been heavily spoiled by this bull run, witnessing stocks only moving in [continue reading…]


Real Estate for the Win!

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Real estate has been extremely kind to me. In fact, the majority of my overall portfolio’s long-term “Buy and Hold” investments are comprised of rental properties. And although I’ve only been playing the game since 2012, a lot has happened since!

At this time, I would like to welcome JP for a guest post today on his own real estate experience!

I have been marching to the beat of a different drum since I was a kid. All the while listening to what the most financially successful people in my life have to say.

I had three people tell me about retirement savings and compounding interest from age 18 to 21. Two too many. When you see the numbers add up like that using a future value calculator it shouldn’t take much convincing. When I was 22, I graduated college and started [continue reading…]


Early FI: Be a Fan of Opportunity

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There are no secrets on how to get to early financial independence. It can be achieved by ANYONE who is willing to work hard, sacrifice, commit, stay consistent and persistent, and [continue reading…]