Five Tips to Reduce Spending
As our financial intelligence has grown, our approach has evolved. In this article about advising my younger self and when I talked about reaching the halfway to financial independence mark, I talked about this process. Mr. Vine and I both feel a strong desire to improve. So it’s no surprise that our financial health has... Read More
June 2020 Progress Update
Half of June slipped by before I even considered checking in for an update. This month has been heavy. The fight for racial and social justice continues to dominate the headlines as I write this. The future feels so uncertain. It has been a long time since it’s been this hard to guess what my... Read More
Boredom and Living in the Moment
Our teenage nephew recently spent time with us. For the past couple of years, he’s been a frequent visitor during his summer vacation. Most of the time we don’t have any exciting plans and the older he gets, the less effort we make specifically to keep him occupied. He’s free to watch Netflix, chat with... Read More
Goal Setting: A New 101 Tasks List
My last 101 tasks list ended in June. The virus affecting the whole world also prevented a few of my goals. I took a couple of weeks before deciding to draft a new list. For me, the 101 tasks list isn't strictly about completing as many items as possible, but rather giving me some items... Read More
Pandemic Anniversary Celebration
With our anniversary approaching and our travel plans abandoned, our thoughts turned to how we could recognize this milestone in a safe, special and smart way. Our experiment with a reduced travel budget and my years in grad school provided helpful prior experience with this. There’s not much Mr. Vine and I haven’t been through... Read More
Eating Our Way Through Costa Rica
We’ve talked about where we stayed, how we got to Costa Rica, how we paid for the trip and how we got around once we were there. Now it’s time to share what made our vacation to Costa Rica so much fun. The activities we did and what we ate! Sometimes I talk about food... Read More
May 2020 Progress Update
This month started and ended with the pandemic still affecting our daily lives. I continued to work remotely and Mr. Vine was recently called back to work. On the first weekend of May, we had some of the best weather we’ve seen all year. We took full advantage of this by hiking a lot, including... Read More
Wanderlust During a Global Pandemic
This article describes some of the ways I’m coping with various travel restrictions in place during the pandemic in 2020. After the initial panic subsided during the pandemic this year, my wanderlust set in. Canceling our trip to Savannah scheduled to occur during the last week of May 2020 was one of the easiest, but... Read More