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What's life like six months into my first mini-retirement' There's been lots of accomplishments and achievements, but also lots of challenges and struggles. In this post I dig deep into what I've been up to, what's been working and not working, and where I'm headed in the coming months. The post Six Months Into Mini-Retirement: Accomplishments, Challenges, Insights appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Mar 02 2018 @ 9:22 PM
Prioritizing personal development and education will help you get where you want to go. But there are so many choices available, and it can be expensive. How can you plan effectively so that you invest in products and services that will help you, while remaining within a reasonable budget' In this article, I discuss how I go about planning my own personal development and education initiatives. The post How I Plan ...
Posted: Mar 01 2018 @ 9:36 PM
The Fear Index (otherwise known as the VIX) was devised to measure volatility in the stock market. People have been placing bets against the VIX due to recent market stability, but many of these bets imploded with recent market downturns. What can this behavior teach us about living a rich life' The post What the Fear Index Can Teach Us About Living a Rich Life appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Feb 16 2018 @ 2:43 PM
It's not at all impossible to keep cost of living reasonable when living in an expensive city. I moved to DC in 2014, and was able to drastically slash expenses. But I didn't stop enjoying life. In fact, I enjoy it even more. Here are my tips on how to live well in an expensive city. The post How to spend less and live more in an expensive city appeared first ...
Posted: Feb 02 2018 @ 10:38 PM
Quitting my job (without another one lined up) was one of the toughest decisions of my life. It's also been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. When you challenge yourself to explore the hard questions, you gain a ton of insight into yourself and find answers you may have otherwise never knew existed. The post Lessons I’ve Learned About Life Since Quitting My Job appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 25 2018 @ 6:12 PM
Your pay stub can be confusing, but it provides many valuable nuggets of information. Understanding your income and tax situation enables you to make well-informed decisions about your life, and to ensure you are optimizing your current income to meet your financial goals. The post The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Your Pay Stub appeared first on Shift Upwards. ...
Posted: Jan 16 2018 @ 10:01 PM
Two accomplishments I am most proud of to this point in my life are losing weight and building a solid financial foundation. As I was reflecting more on this, I realized that there are many similarities in the habits and traits needed to be successful in both of these areas. The lessons learned and strengths built when losing weight can be directly applied to getting your financial ducks in a ...
Posted: Jan 06 2018 @ 11:42 PM
About five years ago, I became familiar with the concept of travel hacking. It was certainly a cool idea, but I didn’t take immediate action on it.  “Sounds like a risky, time-consuming process”, I thought to myself. As time went on and I was able to digest more info around the travel hacking universe, I […]... Read Full Article The post Everything I Know About Travel Hacking appeared first on Shift ...
Posted: Oct 24 2017 @ 6:59 PM
Ever think about traveling for free, or for a fraction of the full price' Imagine taking free flights or booking a hotel room with no cost to you. It seems too good to be true, but it's not. In this article, I share what I've learned over the last few years to earn multiple free flights and hotel stays. Trust me, it's not as complex as it might seem at ...
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 […]... Read Full Article The post Update: Rapidly changing plans and priorities appeared first on Shift ...
Posted: Sep 22 2017 @ 12:03 AM


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