I Was Wrong… It Really Is Who You Know

I Was Wrong… It Really Is Who You Know

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I’ve always hated this saying.  It implies that hard work won’t get you as far as knowing someone will. As if you can get further just by knowing people instead of busting your butt! It’s insane… but I think it’s true. From my first job, all I ever did was bust my @#$ doing the best I could.  While others played around at the companies I was at, I always focused on the job at hand. In my mind, that’s what I was getting paid to do – work.  So that’s exactly what I did. It wasn’t that I was a non-social guy before – I just figured that if someone’s

2 Weeks Notice? Here’s Why I Gave My Boss 6 Months!

2 Weeks Notice?  Here’s Why I Gave My Boss 6 Months!

When you’re deciding to leave an employer, it’s customary to give 2 weeks notice as part of your resignation.  The idea is that it gives the company enough time to transition the loose ends over to another employee. Really though, in many places, that’s not a lot of time.  If you’re in a very complex position or a company that’s project-oriented for instance, 2 weeks notice is barely enough to get the ball rolling.  And it’s likely to leave a lot of unanswered questions. The problem is that some employers take someone leaving as personal – a slap in the face.  And because of that, if you give them more notice, it’s possible they just let you go before you

Shit Just Got Real… Moving Early Retirement Up to 2018!

Shit Just Got Real… Moving Early Retirement Up to 2018!

So things just got interesting here in the R2R household.  We’ve decided to move our early retirement date up to be 12/31/18. Yeah, that’s right – just over six months from now.  Crazy, right? Then to top it off, we decided to push up our move to Panama as well.  We’ll now be starting that adventure about a year from now in the summer of 2019. Making the decision to move up our early retirement date isn’t a decision we’re taking lightly. Although we’re excited to move onto our next adventure, any changes we make on the “when” can have a profound impact on our future. But it’s something we’re ready to do.  The opportunity is now here so we’re going

If You’re Not Happy Now, FIRE Can’t Fix That… Baloney!

If You’re Not Happy Now, FIRE Can’t Fix That… Baloney!

Much of what I’ve read lately seems to revolve around the idea that if you’re not happy today, you won’t be happy once you reach FIRE (financial independence / retire early). After all, happiness is more than just whether or not you’re stuck in the rat race.  If you’re not content with your life now, how will quitting your job make any difference? Hmm, yeah, I’m sorry… I’m not buying it. Now before you jump to lashing out at me in the comments, give me an opportunity to explain. I do think that you need to be somewhat happy with your life to begin with.  If you’re just normally a miserable person, chances are you’re always going to be a miserable

Homeschooling… a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

Homeschooling… a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

As soon as you mention the idea of homeschooling, people get uncomfortable. Some shut down, go silent, and give you a stare that quietly says, “I’ll keep listening, but you’re now officially crazy in my book.” Others quickly object.  They might say, “That’ll cause all kinds of social problems for your kid!” or maybe “That’ll be too much work!” or some other wonderful expression of disapproval. Personally, I don’t have the same feelings.  Although it’s still not really mainstream, a lot of folks are starting to realize that homeschooling does have its place. We’re not homeschooling our daughter… yet. However, if I was FIRE (financially independent / retire early) when my daughter was younger, I would have loved to go down the homeschooling

Why Do I Suck So Much at Giving to Charity?

Why Do I Suck So Much at Giving to Charity?

I’ve realized over the past year or so that I really suck at giving to charity. Sure, I do a nice job of donating clothes to Goodwill throughout the year.  However, Goodwill tends to have a bad rap when it comes to pay and where donated clothes actually go. Because of the question marks we tend to have on the organization, we’ve shifted more toward donating clothes to Volunteers of America most of the time. I also consistently donate a ton of books to the library, but they’re generally books I bought from the library in the first place. I buy books from the library books sales for my daughter… a lot of books!  Then after we read them so