Do you feel wealthy? Almost certainly the booming stock market has people feeling richer than ever, but according to a recent survey by Ameriprise Financial, the vast majority of American millionaires with between $1 and $5 million dollars don’t consider themselves wealthy. Most of the surveyed millionaires consider themselves as having a “middle-class” lifestyle. Only 13% of these millionaires consider themselves “wealthy” or “upper-class”…Read more
If each moment in life has a season, then June was definitely one of the busy seasons. The month just flew by! For starters, Tako Jr. #1 finished kindergarten and I went back to my full-time stay-at-home-dad gig. I decided to take it easy on blogging this summer, so I could spend a lot more time with Tako Jr. #1. So far it’s working out great, and I think he’s having a lot of fun…Read more
Ah, depreciation! It’s a fascinating money topic that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. If you happen to find yourself talking about deprecation … say at a dinner party, you’ll quickly find yourself no-longer being invited to those dinner parties.
Depreciation is about as popular of a conversation subject as say … differential calculus. That is to say, it’s extremely unpopular…Read more
The school year is over and summer is finally here! My oldest son, Tako Jr. #1, just finished his first school year as a kindergartner! I’m amazed at how much kids learn in kindergarten these days. They seem super-smart now! Tako Jr. #1 learned a ton of new stuff — reading, writing, and math. All in just a few short months!
It was an amazing school year…Read more
In days long past, a nap (or a short break) after a leisurely lunch was a commonplace occurrence in many parts of the world. This break was called a ‘siesta’, and was especially common in warm countries — Spain, Italy, Greece, as well as several countries in Latin America. In hot climates, taking a nap in the afternoon was a great way to escape the hottest hours of the day.
Lately though, the practice of taking a siesta has fallen out of favor. (Or at least it’s in decline) The modern world and it’s hyper-connected super-productive workplace has made the siesta a thing of the past…Read more
It seems like everybody has a side hustle these days. Whether it’s a Youtube channel, flipping goods on Ebay, selling hand-made thingamajigs on Etsy — there’s plenty of ways to make a little extra money on the side. Blogs (like this one) are just one example.
Most people don’t make a ton of money from these side hustles however. You don’t see Etsy many sellers driving Ferrari’s…Read more
I think May has to be my favorite month of the year to live in the Pacific Northwest. Everything is green and blooming from previous rain showers, and the weather finally gets warm and dry enough to spend an entire day outside with the family.
Most of the year here is cold, cloudy and wet. We spend a lot of time indoors playing board games, reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and trying to stay dry….Read more
Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist? It’s not a question you normally hear people asking themselves. Most people choose a specialization during college, and try to find work in that specialized field with the hope of earning a good living (and decent retirement).
In general, specialization is a good strategy. Specialized jobs typically pay more than being a generalist, and the payoffs for greater experience in specialized fields makes it worth it to pursue very specialized skills…Read more
Yep, I survived my week of solo-parenting! Nobody died, and very little blood was drawn. I’d call that a success! More importantly, I survived a week almost completely disconnected from the internet (other than checking the weather forecast at night)! No blogging, no email, no web browsing, and absolutely no social media…Read more