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Ditch the Cave
FIRE, budgeting, happiness, early retirement, life hacking, contentment, financial independence
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Hey you. Yeah you chewing baccy and swigging sarsaparilla. C’mon over here. What kind of FIRE person are you? You heard. What’s your FIRE personality? Don’t know?!?!? You don’t know?!?! Hot dang kid! How can you get to your age and not know?!?!? My goodness young ‘un it’s a good job that you bumped into… The post Big Fat FIRE Quiz Of The Year!!! appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Dec 16 2019 @ 4:30 AM
Everyone has their favourite season. Some live for the long, sultry days and balmy evenings of Summer. Others enjoy the chilled noses, open fires and hibernation of Winter. Still other revel in Spring, the promise of new life, the sense of nature stretching out and walking up in the gentle sun and showers. Personally, I… The post Days of leaves and loss appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Dec 03 2019 @ 4:30 AM
If there was a time when I did anything other than sit in meetings with lawyers and bankers and consultants, I’m not sure I can recall it.  There must have been a point where I didn’t do any work on weekends, but if there was it’s lost to my recollection.  I go to sleep thinking… The post The seductive peril of loving your job appeared first on Ditch the Cave. ...
Posted: Nov 25 2019 @ 4:30 AM
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


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