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The Ant and the Grasshopper: Why Both Approaches to Retirement are Dumb

Mar 13, 2012 | 7 Comments

Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper.  An ant spends his summer collecting food and preparing for winter.  A grasshopper spends his summer dancing and singing and makes no preparations.  When winter hits, the ant survives in relative comfort while the grasshopper starves to death.

The moral of the story- ‘To work today is to eat tomorrow.“

The Story as an Analogy for Lifestyle and Retirement

I’ve […]

Changing Your Life- Step Two: Build a Platform

Jan 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Check out the first step here.

In the first step, I discussed the process of getting lighter by paying off debt, eliminating bills, and getting rid of extra material junk.  Step two begins the process of laying the foundation for later income.  The idea is to produce income that requires little or no work, which is often referred to as “passive income.”  The passive income will give you freedom to do anything other than actively working […]

Changing Your Life- Step One: Get Lighter

Jan 29, 2012 | 9 Comments

Many people have been asking Shelly and I about the process we used to get to the point where we could travel around in an RV full time. The process was relatively simple, though it did take some time.  Over the next few days, I’m going to go through the steps that worked for us.  Most people could probably apply the same principles to reformat their lives and follow their dreams.

Step One: Get Lighter

Most […]

Barefoot Running is Just the Sample of Crack I Hand Out on the Playground

Sep 1, 2011 | 10 Comments

Okay, that was a mildly inappropriate title. 

Teaching people about barefoot running, admittedly, isn’t my primary goal in life.  My REAL goal is to convince people to take the steps to live a remarkable life.

Many people go through life living like a zombie.  Cogs in the machinery of society.  Good team players.

Other people challenge authority.  They decide the status quo isn’t for them.  They take steps to do something truly remarkable.

Live a F@#$ing Awesome Life

May 23, 2011 | 8 Comments

Every once in awhile you come across something the touches the very core of your existence.  It causes you to step back and take a good, hard look at your life.  It may inspire you to make a dramatic change, or it may affirm decisions already made.

About six months ago, I had one of these moments.  While Stumbling around on the Interwebs, I came across a commencement speech Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, gave at […]

Western States Training and Other Randomness

Dec 28, 2010 | 4 Comments

Western States

So far, my unorganized Western States training program is going well.  Over the last three weeks, I’ve run almost every day from a hard 3.5 miler on trails (~7:11 pace) to longer tempo road run (9.6 miles at 7:50 pace) to a serious hill workout.  I also ran the HUFF 50k in a decent time.

Today should be my biggest test- an unsupported long run on snowy trails of an undetermined distance.  […]

Excitement-Based Living and Other Lifestyle Ideas

Nov 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

Over the last year or so, Shelly and I have had many conversations about where we’re heading in life.  We’ve come to several conclusions that have and will continue to alter our lifestyle.  For those of you that have been reading this blog for awhile, none of this will be a surprise.  For those of you that are new, welcome to our lives!  Make yourself comfortable.

Here are a few of the principles and ideas we’re […]

What Barefoot Running Has Taught Me About Life

Nov 21, 2010 | 5 Comments

I’ve been running barefoot in earnest since the winter of 2005.  During this time, I’ve been through a long, hard personal journey.  Over the course of this journey, many important life lessons have been learned.  Interestingly, almost every lesson was learned based on some element of barefoot running.  Here’s the wisdom I’ve managed to glean from taking off my shoes:

1. Simplicity = contentment. In a literal sense, running without shoes is the epitome of simplicity.  Your […]