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Ditch the Cave
FIRE, budgeting, happiness, early retirement, life hacking, contentment, financial independence
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The first thing that hit me was the smell. Not unpleasant exactly but I wouldn’t want to spend all day with it. Not like they had to. It was mix of cleaning product and that medical staleness that, somehow, is nothing to with hygiene. A smell of the living, or the smell of the dying?… The post Living before dying appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Sep 05 2019 @ 3:45 AM
‘Just a perfect day Problems all left alone Weekenders on our own It’s such fun’ Lou Reed, Perfect Day Lou Reed’s 1972 masterpiece sprung to mind when I saw Saving Ninja’s thought experiment this month.  A perfect day.  He asked: “What do you need to achieve real, true happiness? What are you aspiring to?” Big… The post A Perfect Day: What I aspire to after Financial Independence appeared first on Ditch ...
Posted: Aug 15 2019 @ 3:30 AM
A lot of the time I feel like I’m doing financial independence wrong. Basically I don’t find it particularly hard. Not from a practical point of view anyway (the emotional side is different). From an everyday perspective financial independence is meant to be a slog right? Putting in the hours today for a better tomorrow.… The post The joy of doing Financial Independence wrong appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Aug 06 2019 @ 5:15 AM
I’ve been kicking around the financial independence space for a little while. You can’t do that without picking up a few things (like how if you rebrand laziness as idleness you can get away with a LOT). There are mysteries out there that you only can find out after the secret FIRE initiation. As a… The post Have I become… cheap? appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jul 18 2019 @ 3:45 AM
Do you feel like you work too hard? Spend too many hours in the office or commuting? You’re not alone. People on their deathbeds wish they hadn’t worked so hard. It’s a cliché isn’t it? I certainly find myself often saying or thinking: “No one says on their deathbed that they wished they had spent… The post Work less hard, you won’t regret it appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jul 11 2019 @ 3:45 AM
Does anyone else have a pang of regret that they didn’t stumble across the concept of financial independence sooner? I’ve certainly felt like that. It must be pretty common. A version of the fear of having missed out. So many of the poster children for Financial Independence retired in their 30s or at least by… The post Why your 30s and 40s are an optimal age to start towards Financial Independence ...
Posted: Jul 04 2019 @ 3:45 AM
Do any of us live life being true to ourselves? I have two questions I ask myself to test that when I struggle to make big decisions. What would 20-year-old Caveman say? And, will I regret it on my deathbed? Now I’m firmly middle-aged I seek wisdom from myself from the bookends of my life.… The post Living life true to yourself appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jun 27 2019 @ 3:45 AM
Hello everyone.  I’m a bit late with my update for May. Sorry about that.  I had a few other posts that I wanted to get out first, two of which had a ‘deadline’ of the 15th of June so I popped them out first. Overall though I had a pretty good month in May.  The… The post May 2019 update: Things are pretty good appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jun 20 2019 @ 5:20 AM
Well kids, it’s that time again when Saving Ninja launches another Thought Experiment.  Following on from the last one about what I want to do when I’m financially independent this Thought Experiment is about unpopular opinions. Specifically he asks: “What opinion do you have that most of your peers do not share?” Let’s get the… The post Unpopular opinions: Be beautiful and learn stuff appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jun 15 2019 @ 3:30 AM
This is my offering for Marc’s first microfiction challenge.  The challenge is this: “Write a microfiction story of max 350 words in a genre of your choice and use the word fire, one way or the other” Very different from my normal post so I won’t be offended if you pass this one by! Without further… The post Immolate – an act of microfiction appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Jun 13 2019 @ 3:45 AM


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