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What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour

We had the honor of participating in a story on PBS NewsHour with Mr. Money Mustache. Also featured were Mark & Sina Ebersole and Michelle Jackson, all of whom Michael met through his time at the MMM Headquarters. Click to watch our PBS NewsHour segment Over the...

Northwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Back!

Last summer, we bought an old RV for $12,000 so we could take a month long road trip to the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we sold that RV for $14,000. I’ll share more details about the RV itself next week, but the trip was a big one for us so we wanted to recap that...

FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Busch Beer

I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....

Midwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Missouri, Northern Wisconsin, & the Black Hills

Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the...

Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...
Quitting My Job Saved Us Thousands

Quitting My Job Saved Us Thousands

I loved my job. I really did. But I’m so glad I quit. There are several reasons I decided to do so. The biggest and most compelling reason was because we were moving to Colorado and having a second child. If those two factors had not been a piece of the larger puzzle,...
Why Uncommon Dream?

Why Uncommon Dream?

My grandfather was super special. Kind, gentle, mischievous, adventurous, incredibly loving, and so darn smart. He had a sparkle in his eye and an easy laugh. People didn’t just like him. They adored him. Growing up, I was no exception. I just loved my grandfather so...
It’s Easier To Control My Environment than to Control Myself

It’s Easier To Control My Environment than to Control Myself

Like anyone, I’m always struggling with habits and wants that don’t always serve my needs and goals. With the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to be thinking about how to tackle this ubiquitous challenge. I’ve found the best success when I control my...
Christmas: Minimize the Muck, Maximize the Magic

Christmas: Minimize the Muck, Maximize the Magic

Somewhere in a photo box is a series of pictures I took as a kid documenting my Christmas haul for the year. I’d strategically pile everything up together in front of the fireplace and take a picture. That was usually sometime after I got off the phone with each of my...
Plan Your Ideal Day-To-Day

Plan Your Ideal Day-To-Day

I love routines. I love a plan. I love when my kitchen is clean. When I was younger, I used to describe myself as spontaneous and carefree. Not true. I think I wanted to be those things because I admired those qualities in other people. But, really, I just don’t think...

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