Panama Vacation – Part 2 – Boquete

Panama Vacation – Part 2 – Boquete

In my post, Panama Vacation – Part 1, I talked about the first half of our trip to Panama.  If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you check it out… a lot of good information on Nueva Gorgona and Anton Valley.  But now it’s time for some Boquete talk and that’s what I’m excited about! After initially getting everyone on board for the idea of this trip, I started researching.  I dug into a lot of areas in the country that interested me as a potential place to retire and we all tossed around our different ideas. Finally, Mrs. R2R and I proposed an itinerary to my brother and sister-in-law.  It involved the hot sun, ocean, and beaches of Nueva

Panama Vacation – Part 1 – Nueva Gorgona and Anton Valley

Panama Vacation – Part 1 – Nueva Gorgona and Anton Valley

We finally made the trip I’ve been waiting for… our Panama vacation!  And guess what – it was awesome! Because there’s a lot to cover, I thought I’d break this up into a couple posts.  This first post will cover the first half of our trip and the second post will cover the second half – easy enough, right?  🙂 If you’ve been following my adventures, you know that I’ve been doing a lot of digging to determine if Panama is the perfect place for us to retire.  You might also know that I’ve become a lot more serious about the idea over the past year. Well, reading’s not enough, so taking the trip was the best way to determine

Financial Regrets That Slowed My Path to FIRE

Financial Regrets That Slowed My Path to FIRE

Financial regrets, I’ve had a few… As I guy in my early forties, I sometimes take a moment here and there to reflect on how my path in life has gone.  I don’t dwell – I just try to look back at my mistakes and learn from them to make for a better future. And maybe the “regrets” part of “financial regrets” is a little excessive.  If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you know that we’ve recently surpassed the million-dollar net worth mark. We’re in good financial shape right now and now we’re just continuing down the path we’ve been going to expedite our mission and reach financial independence as soon as possible. However, there are some things that, if done differently, could have put

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Fitness

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Fitness

I hate exercise and fitness. You know how some people talk about how running or a good workout makes them feel refreshed and invigorated? Well, I’m not that guy.  I despise knowing I have to do it, I hate the actual exercise, and when I’m done, I’m just glad it’s over. If you’re a guy or gal who’s on top of your fitness goals, this post probably isn’t going to be up your alley.   If I hate fitness, why do anything? Well, that’s a weird question.  Even if I hate it, I know enough to know that if don’t do anything, I’ll fall into that cycle of becoming sedentary and feeling like exercise is too tough.  So then I wouldn’t do it and become even more

Another Reason Why Working for Yourself is a Smart Idea…

Another Reason Why Working for Yourself is a Smart Idea…

We all know that working for yourself has a lot of benefits that you can’t get from working for someone else.  The ability to better control your company’s destiny, the independence and freedom you can gain, and the flexibility in hours are just a few of the possibilities that might be gained. However, I was thinking recently about another major benefit that working for yourself can provide.  But what fun would that be to just share it outright with you? A personal anecdote would make it all the more dramatic and amusing and make it feel like you’ve learned some kind of valuable lesson in the process…   The garage sale Every year, our development has a monster garage sale.  I say monster because we have

An Open Letter to My Daughter

An Open Letter to My Daughter

An Open Letter to My Daughter My father passed away when I was around the age my daughter is now.  That’s made me think over the years that, should something ever happen to me, I’d like to know that I was able to pass on some of what I’ve learned. With that, I decided to write a letter to my daughter with some of my thoughts. I consider this a work in progress.  There’s ultimately too much information to share at one time, so I’ll probably update this post or add an additional letter at a later time. I’ve made the decision to share the letter to my daughter because I’m hoping that, as she gets older, she might appreciate this site as a document of