Tag: Health

Happiness Optimization

Optimizing for Your Values by Questioning Your Spending

Make your spending match your values

I live my life questioning everything and focused on my values, ahem, in theory. Perfection escapes us all, but striving for perfection and learning to embrace your failures will make the journey easier. Thus, while it is easy to propose that I’ll challenge everything, inevitably I realize that I have room for improvement. Over the […]

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Challenged us to Build a Simpler Life

Chronic pain and personal finance

A simple life goes against many aspects of my nature. I love travel, adventures, and have a million hobbies. Well, okay, one million may be an exaggeration, but I am very good at keeping myself busy. Seeking financial independence involves taking control of your own life, but when chronic pain is present, that control is […]

Environment Frugality Happiness

The Cost of Driving – Gas

Cost of Car Ownership

Contrary to popular advertising, you really can save the planet by spending less of your money. Have you ever been shopping for a product, but then done a deep dive down the sustainability rabbit-hole? Is this from sustainably sourced cork? Which leads to the least carbon emissions/deforestation or greatest support of the local economy? Cork, […]

Debt Happiness Health

Financial Instability – Debt, Depression, and Suicide

Financial Instability

This blog post is part of the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour in partnership with Debt Drop. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. People who are struggling with debt are more likely to suffer from depression and consider suicide than those […]


Frugal vs. Cheap

frugal not cheap

Our household definitely hovers between frugal and cheap a bit more than I may be comfortable to admit. We are avid environmentalists and love to rescue things from peril (or the landfill). But the intent behind your lifestyle choices is what truly defines you as frugal or cheap. Thanks for the inspiration! This chain gang […]


Healthy Habits for Financial Independence and my Future

Engagement Day

Reaching FIRE isn’t very helpful if I am not overall a healthy person. As I’ve previously described I’ve struggled with being obese for my entire life. Habits made while young are tough to break, but excuses demand a face-punch. Throughout 2017 I have been working to develop more healthy habits. Mr. Kiwi has been an […]


My Mustachian Fail! How your Weight can get in the Way Financial Independence

This is the first post I have for my planned series of Mustachian Fails. You can definitely assume that our house has more than just one Mustachian Fail, including owning two clown cars. I’ve struggled with my weight and food my whole life. I know what choices are best for me, but I am an […]