January 2021 Progress Update
January went by in a blur. I started a new journal at the beginning of the new year. This crossed an item off my 101 tasks in 1001 days list. I also decided to spice up my run streak by trying a marathon training program.  This month was a frustrating time in our home renovation... Read More
December 2020 Progress Update
December is always such an exciting time for our finances. I usually love updating all of our numbers for the end of the year. I enjoy reflecting on where we were at the beginning of the year and where we finished it. I had none of the typical excitement when entering our year-end numbers in... Read More
November 2020 Progress Update
Around the time I began to struggle to write regular posts and what would turn out to be a two month hiatus from the blog, I prepared my chart for November 2020. Even though I was not writing or posting regular updates here, we did continue to track our monthly financial activity. I won’t do... Read More
October 2020 Progress Update
October was the month I fell out of my blogging routine in earnest. Our weekends were packed with outdoor activities. We did some spooky things, like watching scary movies with a close friend with whom we’ve made a sort of quarantine bubble.. We also went to an outdoor haunted maze.  Renovations on our new home... Read More
September 2020 Progress Update
Well, that was quite the blogging break. More on why I took a spontaneous hiatus in future posts. Spoiler alert: It wasn't any one thing. For now, I will provide our September monthly recap. September is my birthday month and we celebrated by visiting some of our favorite people. I was able to spend my... Read More
August 2020 Progress Update
The virus and work from home continue to permeate our daily lives. Yet again, I didn’t start writing this August recap until the month was over. August felt both long and short. We’re trying to hang on every bit of summer. We’re also trying to keep our lives as normal as possible. This year has... Read More
Travel Flashback: Florence and Rome
This is Part 2 of 2 in a series recounting our first trip to Europe. We visited expat friends in Italy. You can read Part 1 here. When we weren’t at our friends’ apartment in Modena, we traveled to two other cities. At the time we bought tickets, Mr. Vine said he wanted to see... Read More
Running Toward Financial Independence
As I write this article, I am 288 days into a running streak. Since Thanksgiving 2019 (and up to this writing), I have run at least 1 mile every day. This is my longest run streak. Up to this point, I’d started and stopped various run streaks for all sorts of reasons. When I started... Read More