Hey everyone, it’s Earth Day! Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all political, but I have some stuff to say before I turn the post over.
When I was in Boy Scouts, one of our mottos was to leave an area a better place than it was when we arrived there. After we had broken down camp, we’d scour the campsite, leaving it as pristine as possible.
I wish to apply the same principal to my life. Through donating my money, volunteering, instilling good values in my children and living right, I hope to die knowing that my existence positively impacted the world.
No matter what you believe about global warming, eating animals, politics or <insert a hot-button issue>, isn’t it better to take and consume as little as possible? Isn’t it better to treat the people and creatures around you with respect and dignity? I think it is and I hope you do too.
Today is the 44th edition of our periodic guest post series called 10 Questions. We have a list of 17 questions we pose to fellow financial bloggers, and they are free to pick and choose 10 or answer all of them. Let us know if you would like to be featured in a future edition of 10 Questions.
Today’s 10 Questions on Green Day comes from Ryland at The Hidden Green. Ryland’s blog has a green twist to it, so he asked if I could publish hist 10 Questions on Earth Day.
Tell me about your blog and why it’s great.
The Hidden Green is about growing your stash by wasting less and living better.
My articles dig deep into social norms. Why do we follow them? I give readers a new view that uncovers how to live a more creative, efficient, and fun life that boosts their stash while they’re at it – the hidden green. Oh, and each article comes with one of my favorite songs. 🙂
Here’s a few the site’s most popular articles:
Tell me how you’re going to change the world with your blog (dream big or don’t dream at all!).
So it’s obvious the blog is about money. But there’s another part of the blog that may not be as obvious. It’s that the blog is also written for the environment.
The environmental impact happens when one person wastes less, stashes more and learns to live free of financial constraints. I have found the synergy between growing your net income, improving your life and benefiting the environment to be absolutely amazing.
I write about it here: The Hidden Mission of The Blog
What goals do you have for your blog, short and long term?
Short term, I want to give each reader a hunger for a new definition of success that is custom fitted for their life. Something different than society’s false construct that wealth, power and fame are life’s paramount. And more toward a future success that fulfills their personal hopes and dreams.
Long term, I’d like to save the world from self destruction by turning people’s unneeded consumption into their freedom stashes. Wish me luck!
1500 Days is about early retirement. Do you have early retirement dreams? At what age do you think you will retire?
Ah, the early retirement debate! I view early retirement as a lifestyle, not a number.
In the financial independence space it’s obvious that early retirement isn’t martinis and umbrellas on the beach. It is living and doing the things you love without any reason for money, even if those things are work related.
I believe you can get to your early retirement lifestyle before hitting the early retirement number 4% rule. If you live on $30,000/yr you need $750,000 to hit early retirement by the numbers.
But under that same assumption, you can very easily go off and start living your early retirement lifestyle somewhere around $400-$500,000. It’s not like you’re never going to make another dollar, you are an advantageous early retiree! You may reach the number a 3-5 years slower, but you get those 3-5 more to live the life you always wanted! That’s the point of this whole game, isn’t it?
My takeaway is you can’t go after early retirement solely for the number. You have balance the number pursuit with improving your lifestyle. I read too many bloggers that lose site of the improving their lifestyle part because they get caught up in hitting the number. I was even one of them!
So for me I hope to get to my early retirement lifestyle by 28. And I plan to hit my early retirement number by 35. But that won’t be as big a deal if I’m already living the lifestyle!
How do you handle people with different views on money, ie spendy people
This is one of my goals! To find a way to connect with even the spendiest of people on the benefits of financial independence. I think that starts with listening to and understanding other’s views on money.
My girlfriend is on the spendier side. I’ve learned a ton from listening to her perspective, especially around the balance between financial independence for the number and the lifestyle. We’ve made some awesome strides understanding each other’s views that I think has benefitted both of us. So I’m working on this on the reg!
Do you enjoy writing?
Oh, yes. I love writing. Writing of all kinds. Here’s one of my poems:
So much time
You get to waste in this life
You can fill it with
…and before you know it
they will overfill you – not a minute
You can waste it.
tickling your fingertips
in life’s compost
just enough to stir the microbes
bring your soul alive.
Personally, I hope to become a full time freelance writer over the next few years.
What is your favorite style of beer – and what is your favorite beer in that style?
Two beers, any style, and I’m having a real good time!
We notice a lot of frugal people are into board games – what is your favorite?
Cards Against Humanity count?
What is the best thing you’ve read lately.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
What do you do for exercise?
SURF, cycle, hike. And just now learning to kiteboard!
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