A Purple Life


That Time I Resisted Going To The Doctor Like An Idiot

I sat up abruptly in bed and started coughing into the mountain of tissues I now routinely kept on my nightstand.

Yes, We Have Separate Comforters

I seem to be on a ‘buck the trend’ kick lately.

17 Months To Retirement: An Apartment Update

There are a few aspects of our life that are up in the air and don’t allow me to plan my first few months of retirement with granular detail

How To Negotiate With A Spendy Partner Or Family Member

I have a dilemma and I was hoping you could help me figure out the best solution.

How To Teach A Curious Friend About Financial Independence

Throughout the years, dozens of people have asked me to explain financial independence and how I’m retiring at 30.

The Benefits of Alternative Schooling

As you might have noticed: I’m a stone cold weirdo and I suspect that the unique variety of schools I attended has something to do with why.

Q1 2019 Budget Check-In

See how I’m living on $1,388 a month in Seattle!

How Blogging Helped Me Appreciate My Profession

When I started working in ad agencies right out of college, I believed that their goal was to help get the word out about awesome products.

I Haven’t Sacrificed Anything On The Road To Financial Independence

I keep getting this question from people outside the FIRE community: “What have you sacrificed to try and achieve this goal?”

Costa Rica: A Cheat Sheet

As you might know, I’m a super nerd. Before I visit a country I write up a short dossier with quick information people need to know.

Testing My Early Retirement Schedule

A common response when hearing my early retirement plans is to ask why I don’t just insert the life I want to lead in retirement into NOW.

What Does “A Purple Life” Mean?

There is an idea in The Matrix that I find almost as interesting as the film’s main premise. It’s the idea of a “Residual Self Image.”

Why I’m Never Getting Married

My partner and I recently celebrated a decade of being together and with Valentine’s Day nearby I think it’s time to discuss a hard topic.

Lessons Learned From My First Dry January

At the end of every year I analyze all the data I’ve collected the past 12 months to decide if I should make any changes moving forward.

Easy networking for introverts: 7 tips to network effectively in your own company

Networking as an introvert is painful. These tips for networking inside your organisation may help your career or just make you happier!

Two Proven Hacks to Stop Spending Money

I used to spend money without even thinking about it. When I was introduced to FI, I learned these 2 mental hacks that changed everything.

An Exploration of Financial Independence Through Hip-Hop/R&B Lyrics

When you listen to music, does your mind drift off to thinking about financial independence? I know this may sound crazy, but mine does…

The FI lie I tell most often

When asked, I say I don’t have any money-saving tips. Truthfully, there is one: make saving money a part of your identity

Why 40s is the PERFECT time to pursue FIRE

Is there a perfect time to pursue FIRE?

Why Living Like a Student Has a Massive Impact on Your Long-term Wealth

Here is why living like a student in your first few years out of college has such a massive impact on your long-term wealth.

My First Podcast Interview: The FIRE Drill Podcast

Despite being a client service person in the marketing industry, I’m terrified of any form of public speaking.

How I Made Six Figures By 27

It turns out that advertising and marketing are some of the few industries that don’t require specialized skills, but can make you BANK.

How I Survived 6 Months Of Public Blogging

Of course I’m not being overdramatic – ME?! 😉 But yes – shock of shocks I’m still here!

How I Spend $125 A Month On Groceries

After publishing my 2018 spending a few people have asked me what exactly I buy and eat to hit that spending level.

My 2018 Financial Recap

Also known as every dollar I didn’t spend in 2018!