For most of my life, I was driven by the American Dream. A poor child with a big opportunity, I was determined to become an example of all it stood for. But it would be decades before I learned that we think about that dream all wrong.Read More
In April of 2017, I purchased my first piece of land at a county tax auction. I had previously searched for years using every (traditional) method I could find. Two years after purchasing at my first auction, here are my tips for those seeking to do the same:Read More
After letting go of my old life, I went to Dallas to plan and prepare my new one.
The third stage of change, which Martha Beck called the Hero’s Saga, began in November of 2016, when I decided that one of the two wooded plots with a stream in Kingston would be the site for my home.Read More
In Finding Your Own North Star, Martha Beck reveals how change forces us to let go of our identities one after another and to birth someone new. I couldn’t have found my place without this painful process of change.
I started my last job in July of 2012. I was only a week in when I stopped wearing makeup and suits. That was…Read More
Last week marked one year with my own little slice of the Hudson Valley. Although the purchase was finalized July 12th, I wasn't notified until August 6th. During those few weeks, I re-learned a lesson that would make the coming year much easier…
As with most things for me, the lesson started with a plan. In this one, by July 31st I would: transition tenants out of my NYC and Dallas properties, sell the condo in Dallas, close the lease in NYC and confirm my temporaryRead More
The three largest expenses for most Americans are housing, transportation and food.
In addition to detailing how average and median households spend in these three areas, the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure report (CE) groups US household into groups by income deciles (10 equal intervals, from lowest…Read More
Hard work pays and a good steward saves.
At least that’s what I learned getting allowance as a child. At a time when my parents fulfilled my three lowest needs, it was easy to see how financial success and woe resulted from individual virtue. As an adult, I’d see more…Read More
In the US, we view money as a good you can never have too much of. More is always better. More than currency, it is a measuring stick for freedom, choice, opportunity and the future—which makes it hard for many to settle on a number to describe “enough.”
In 2010, economists Daniel Kahneman and Angus…Read More