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Matt

Blog Info

Name:
Optimize Your Life
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Investing, Early Retirement/FIRE
Start Year:
2016

Blogger Bio

Location:
Arlington, Virginia, United States
Age:
30s
Race:
Unspecified
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Profession:
Lawyer (Attorney)
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Latest Blog Posts

As I’ve noted before, I’ve done a lot of reading happiness. One consistent finding of studies across the spectrum is that older people are happier than the rest of us. Despite the declining health that accompanies old age, study after study finds that happiness increases into our senior years. The freedom of childhood is less … Continue reading "As Happy as an Old Person" The post As Happy as an Old ...
Posted: Jul 11 2017 @ 8:27 AM
There has been a lot of talk of recession lately. Based on historical trends, we are overdue for a recession. Add in the fact that the President of the United States is considering starting trade wars over his advisers’ objections, and it becomes even more likely, according to economists. Earlier this month, Jim Rogers told … Continue reading "Brace Yourself for the Next Recession" The post Brace Yourself for the Next ...
Posted: Jul 04 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Over the last couple weeks I’ve run through a lot of my philosophy behind saving and investing. I discussed that I invest at least as much as I spend every month because I want to buy options for my life, because I see the value of labor declining over time, and because I don’t want to … Continue reading "Is It Worth It? (Why I Save So Much, Part 4)" The post ...
Posted: Jun 29 2017 @ 8:37 AM
Today we’re back talking about why I save such a high percentage of my income. Last week we talked about buying options and how hard work is paying less and less over time. One of the reasons that we are being paid less for our labor is the increasing reliance by companies on automation. This increased … Continue reading "The Onslaught of Automation (Why I Save So Much, Part 3)" The post ...
Posted: Jun 27 2017 @ 8:04 AM
On Tuesday I started trying to explain why I save and invest such a high percentage of my income at such a (relatively) young age. In that post, we spent some time exploring how a high savings rate can buy you options and can free up how you spend your time in the future. It … Continue reading "Hard Work Doesn’t Pay (Why I Save So Much, Part 2)" The post ...
Posted: Jun 22 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I save and invest a lot. I track my spending and investing and have a goal of investing (between retirement accounts, health savings accounts, and taxable accounts) more each month than I spend. I have successfully hit this goal every month for the last three and a half years. I recognize that this is unusual. … Continue reading "Why I Save So Much" The post Why I Save So Much appeared ...
Posted: Jun 20 2017 @ 6:00 AM
You may have noticed that I have a strong interest in politics. Because of this I listen to a lot of political and policy-related podcasts. One of those podcasts recently covered a topic that I found quite relevant to the personal finance and financial independence space. I really enjoy listening to The Weeds. The Weeds … Continue reading "Platinum Cards and Status Symbols" The post Platinum Cards and Status Symbols appeared ...
Posted: Jun 15 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I debated quitting this blog recently. When I started writing last summer, I put some rules in place. I assumed that there would be some valleys, and I didn’t want to give up when things got tough. First, I agreed that I would write for at least a year before I reassessed. That year isn’t … Continue reading "On Quitting and Time Management" The post On Quitting and Time Management appeared ...
Posted: Jun 13 2017 @ 6:00 AM
You always have a choice. This is not an empty maxim. Not an inspirational quote. It is a fact of life. And recognizing this fact will make you happier and allow you to live a better life. There are times when things happen to us that are outside of our control. But it is always … Continue reading "You Always Have a Choice" The post You Always Have a Choice appeared ...
Posted: Jun 06 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Usually when I think about articles to write, I start with the research. My articles on happiness stem from research in positive psychology or from reading different philosophies of life. When I write about money it is based in studies and statistics and calculation. Today, I want to talk about something that I don’t have … Continue reading "Respond. Don’t React." The post Respond. Don’t React. appeared first on Optimize Your ...
Posted: Jun 01 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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