Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Art of Travel - The Art of Mind(fulness)

I've been meaning to read Alain De Botton's The Art of Travel for some time, but it wasn't until another MMM (see blog review below) reader recommended it that I finally took the time to get it from the library.

There is psychological pleasure in...takeoff...for the swiftness of the plane's ascent is an exemplary symbol of transformation. The display of power can inspire us to imagine analogous, decisive shifts in our own lives... (38-9)

What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home. (77)

John Ruskin's teaching people drawing as way to teach people to look, to see (vs. photography used less as a "supplement to active conscious seeing" and more as a way of possessing to the world around them. (219)

Xavier de Maistre's Journey Around My Bedroom suggests that "the pleasure we derive from a journey may be dependent more on the mind-set we travel with than on the destination we travel to." Invitation: apply traveling mind-set (receptivity) to our own locales. (242)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Retire early - Grow a mustache

Usually I review books here, but now it's time for a website.

Mr. Money Mustache

Ever since I read the book Your Money Or Your Life back in the early 1990s, I've been living below my means, with no debt - called "voluntary simplicity" by some. But, even so, I never thought I could actually retire early (I don't make much, thought I'd have to have tons invested, etc.)

The MMM blog taught me how to calculate what I will actually need to retire and gave me concrete information on ways to further reduce my expenses. Best of all is the MMM community where ideas are shared, questions answered and you get even more inspired.

I'm energized and excited to have found these tools and this community. I'll never stop doing work I love, but I'll no longer have to earn money - big difference.

The sense of freedom I now have is precious - I no longer have to wait to soar.