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Washington, D.C., United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Posted: Oct 24 2017 @ 9:59 AM
I was cleaning out my closet today and found this blog thrown in a corner, covered in dust and cobwebs. It's time to clean this thing off and get it some much-needed exposure to the outside world. When I last wrote here, it was way back at the end of February. It's been a solid six month layoff, and there's ... Read More The post Update: Rapidly changing plans and priorities ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 3:03 PM
Less than three months from now, my wife and I will voluntarily become jobless for the first time in our adult lives. Shortly after that, we will become homeless for the first time in our lives. I’ve worked steadily since I was 10 or 11, graduating from lawn mowing to paper tossing to pool card collecting to […] The post Shifting up…into the unknown appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Feb 23 2017 @ 7:37 PM
My mother always told me I was a homebody. I would instinctively recoil when she would say that. What does she know?  “She’s just trying to plant seeds of thought in my head”, I always told myself. It was just her parental instincts to keep me close by, and make me feel that’s where I belonged. […] The post The time I bought a house, and what I learned from it appeared ...
Posted: Jan 17 2017 @ 7:23 PM
The cable TV industry is dying. It no longer makes sense to overpay for a service that brings hundreds of channels to your TV, the vast majority of which you don’t care about. It no longer makes sense to overpay for a service that largely forces you to depend on a pre-determined viewing schedule.  The […] The post Reminder: Amidst the chaos, you are in control appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Oct 30 2016 @ 5:09 PM
I remember when I started my first job out of college. I didn’t know the first thing about what a good benefits package looked like. I definitely didn’t understand the concept of a 401k, let alone how to invest in one. When I received my first benefits package in the mail, I sifted through the […] The post Book Review: The Simple Path to Wealth appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jul 05 2016 @ 9:26 PM
For those of us living in the USA, today we celebrate Independence Day. We are fortunate to live in a wonderful country that provides freedom and liberty. On a broader scope, we are fortunate to be living in a period of history that provides unmatched opportunity and abundance.  How better to celebrate independence than by […] The post Celebrate Independence by Challenging Dependency appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jul 04 2016 @ 3:26 PM
What does financial health mean to me? This is a crucial question anyone should ask themselves on the path to financial freedom. The answer to this question will help establish clarity on goals and milestones along the path. For me, financial health ultimately means using money as a tool to minimize stress and maximize freedom. There […] The post What Financial Health Means to Me appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jun 29 2016 @ 6:30 AM
For quite some time, I’ve been using a simple spreadsheet system to manage my finances across each pay period. I check this sheet multiple times throughout the week to ensure I’m up-to-date regarding what I have available. This helps me to make informed decisions with a clear understanding of my immediate/short-term spending needs. Like most […] The post Make Better Spending Decisions With This Tool appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jun 12 2016 @ 10:53 PM
Over the last few days, I’ve witnessed multiple conversations on the subject of job dissatisfaction. This isn’t just a small sample size or by chance. For quite some time, the theme of job dissatisfaction has been a steady narrative amongst friends, acquaintances, and strangers I happen to overhear. The truth is, as many as 70% […] The post Four Lessons in Dealing With Job Dissatisfaction appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jun 05 2016 @ 10:54 PM


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