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
Last month on my drive from Texas back to New York, I stopped at my father’s place for a few days. Sitting across from me one morning, he took a slow sip of his coffee, smiled and said, “You know Rae-Rae, you are really something else.”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 a month with no new prospects, I started researching affordable cash properties for sale at the April 20th Ulster County Tax Auction.
Purchasing property from a tax auction can be very risky. I learned that years ago when my NYC neighbor considered…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
One of the first questions people ask when meeting me is: “Wow… so how did you find your place?”
Sometimes the question is purely functional, as in, how did you even hear about your town? At others it’s more figurative, i.e., how did you know your place would nurture and grow your vision? And then there are…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
Stagnating wages, job insecurity and the rising costs of education and housing have birthed a movement. In it lifestyle designers prescribe entrepreneurship, investment and location independence for becoming the new rich, an alternative to the traditional view of the American Dream…Read More