Put Family First Today

There’s lots to do. Money to make, bills to pay, dreams to make happen. It’s busy, I get it. But don’t let the most important things slip away. Your lover is growing apart. Your kids aren’t going to be in the nest for long. Your parents won’t be here forever (if you’re lucky enough to […]

My Brand Is Making Me Better

I’m loving the new pursuit of building a personal brand. Making content every day to practice, and to will my story into this noisy world. Finding my voice, getting clarity on what I really stand for, and chipping away at all the bad habits, like talking too fast into the mic, fumbling with my hands […]

Realistic and Impractical

Picture of me looking like an idiot taking selifes on the bus

You’re stuck. Not sure what to do. And you’ve heard that question in your head before: what’s my passion? What would I do if money didn’t matter? Isn’t that where we all want to be? Doing something we love. Something that ejects us from the bed every morning. Something that we can’t wait to get […]

Tired, But Not Beaten

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to summit Mt. Everest. I’ve done a little mountaineering, but nothing that comes close to that. Still, I can remember how tired you get. After 6, 7, 8 hours of trucking a big bag up and up, the air getting thinner and thinner, the […]

No more cash drag

I’ve been updating our asset allocation and just got every dollar invested (this doesn’t include cash set aside in our emergency fund). It’s counter-intuitive and completely against my old way of thinking. You need cash so you’re ready to buy when things go on sale, right? It turns out that cash drag is one of […]

Bet on your gut, but be safe

96% of actively managed mutual funds don’t beat the market. If they can’t do it, with all their seasoned analysts, I’m not going to either. The clear path is investing in low cost index funds—which is why Warren Buffet will leave his wife in index funds. I’ve been working to update my asset allocation with […]

Work Late

Ideally, you have good systems in place and stay on top of your commitments. And when it’s time to turn off work and turn on the rest of life, you flip the switch. But sometimes there’s just too many open loops. If you leave now, you’ll be thinking about them all night. You won’t be […]

Clean the clutter

It’s said that you can tell the order of a person’s mind from the clutter on their desk (or desktop). A little time spent cleaning out the clutter can pay for itself in peace of mind and increased productivity.

Conquer the day

After having a kid, my morning routine went out the window. I’m usually up late getting her to bed, catching up with work, and spending time with Olga. Then, I sleep to the last possible minute (and maybe a few minutes longer). This morning, the sun was shining brightly through the window and something compelled […]

Long-term gains are hard to believe in

It’s hard to eat greens and meat when that crusty bread and melting pasta is calling. It’s hard to put your cash into a secure bond bond fund when the stock market keeps hitting all-time highs. It’s hard to give all your attention to the precious present when emails and news are flashing. It takes […]