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Michael & Ellen

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Uncommon Dream
Early Retirement
Financial Independence, Minimalism, Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle, Budgeting, Family, Frugality, Investing, Making Money, Millennial
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The post Three Reasons Why Life Abroad with Kids is Arguably MORE Awesome appeared first on Uncommon Dream. ...
Posted: Nov 29 2019 @ 4:25 PM
In my last post, I shared a bit about the effect all of our travel (and the corresponding transitions) has had on our kids. These changes are not all sunshine and roses. It's not easy to start a new life in a new place within a new culture. But it's completely worth it. Why? Because […] The post Refresh Your Perspective with Slow Travel appeared first on Uncommon Dream. ...
Posted: Sep 16 2019 @ 4:24 PM
We’re in Colombia! We left Costa Rica mid June and then headed back to the States for about 6 weeks of reconnecting with friends, family, and our space. Now here we are in Manizales, Colombia where we’ll hunker down for another 4 months before the holidays. We might then return to Colombia in January until […] The post Travel and Transitions with Two Kids appeared first on Uncommon Dream. ...
Posted: Aug 21 2019 @ 9:20 AM
Right. So THIS is why some people don't enjoy traveling with little kids. I've had that thought a lot over the past couple of months. Because we have been traveling A LOT. With little kids (3 and 4.5 yrs. old). As I explained in my previous post, there were many reasons we chose San Ramon, […] The post Traveling Costa Rica with Young Kids: The Good, The Bad, and the Monkeys ...
Posted: May 17 2019 @ 11:44 AM
What is it really like to move your family to a foreign country? What does it take to leave your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors for any amount of time longer than a typical 1 - 2 week vacation? Where do you go? How do you find a place to live? What does it feel like once you get there? How do you establish a new normal? I don't know ...
Posted: Mar 22 2019 @ 3:47 PM
Rat race (noun, an Americanism dating back to 1935-1940):  “any exhausting, unremitting, and usually competitive activity or routine, especially a pressured urban working life spent trying to get ahead with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc.” (Dictionary.com) Gallup recently shared the upbeat results of its latest study of U.S. worker engagement — employee engagement […] The post The 7 Ways to Escape the Rat Race appeared first on Uncommon Dream. ...
Posted: Feb 22 2019 @ 1:00 PM
We had the honor of participating in a story on PBS NewsHour with Mr. Money Mustache. Also featured were Mark & Sina Ebersole and Michelle Jackson, all of whom Michael met through his time at the MMM Headquarters. Click to watch our PBS NewsHour segment Over the weeks that we waited for it to air, […] The post What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour appeared first on ...
Posted: Oct 30 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Last summer, we bought an old RV for $12,000 so we could take a month long road trip to the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we sold that RV for $14,000. I’ll share more details about the RV itself next week, but the trip was a big one for us so we wanted to recap that […] The post Northwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Back! appeared first on ...
Posted: Oct 25 2018 @ 2:35 AM
I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home. For me, this meant […] The post FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ...
Posted: Oct 08 2018 @ 1:53 PM
Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the Midwest this summer. […] The post Midwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Missouri, Northern Wisconsin, & the Black Hills appeared ...
Posted: Sep 24 2018 @ 12:01 AM


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