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Mister DS

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Name:
Dollars & Smiles
Category:
Early Retirement
Tags:
Happiness, Early Retirement, FIRE, Real Estate, Index Funds, Investing, Mobile Home Park
Start Year:
2018

Blogger Bio

Net worth:
$592,000.00
Location:
Boise, Idaho, United States
Age:
30s
Race:
Unspecified
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
SIK (Single Income, Kids)
Profession:
Engineer
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Latest Blog Posts

Running. Some people hate even the sound of it. Others are addicted and can’t get enough. Those who don’t enjoy running may wonder what it is about running that so many people are so obsessed with… Running has many health benefits. According to this article from Runner’s World, running makes you happier, helps you maintain … Continue reading "Regaining Your Sanity Through Running" ...
Posted: Jan 17 2019 @ 10:25 AM
As I mentioned in The Pursuit of Happiness, one of my key insights when I took a step back to analyze my life was: I enjoy my work when I feel like I am succeeding at it, and I become stressed and unhappy when I feel like I am not.   Even once you figure out … Continue reading "Get Things Done" ...
Posted: Jan 11 2019 @ 10:28 AM
After reading my post on waking up early to create space in your life, Mrs. DS noted that getting up early is NOT the only way to accomplish this. In life there is almost always more than 1 way to accomplish a goal. I asked her to write about how she makes space for the … Continue reading "Guest Post – I’m NOT A Morning Person – And I Create ...
Posted: Jan 04 2019 @ 10:57 AM
If you read last week’s article, and if you actually did the homework, you may now be thinking: “Okay I dragged myself out of bed . . . now what?” Maybe you already have some big goal, and you already know what you need to do to get there.  In that case, use your mornings … Continue reading "Creating Space – SAVERS" ...
Posted: Dec 28 2018 @ 3:24 AM
If you are are as stressed and overwhelmed as I was a couple years ago, you probably feel like you don’t have time to learn about financial independence, the study of happiness, or anything else.  Consistently spending 55 hours per week in the office will not only make you bitter about the time you are … Continue reading "Creating Space – Wake Up!" ...
Posted: Dec 21 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Now it’s time for my favorite form of investing . . . real estate!  It’s my favorite because I am a nerd and I love learning, and there is so much to learn in real estate!  This is a follow up to my last post on how to invest in index funds.   I’ll try to … Continue reading "How to FI – Invest in Real Estate" ...
Posted: Dec 04 2018 @ 11:20 AM
In the last post we learned the basics of how to save a pile of cash.  In this post, we’ll talk about what to do with that money. There are a lot of different ways to invest.  Some are very complicated, and some are extremely simple.  Within the FI community there seem to be two … Continue reading "How to FI – Invest in Index Funds" ...
Posted: Dec 04 2018 @ 10:55 AM
Why are you interested in financial independence?  Do you hate your job?  Are you always stressed out?  Do you feel like you never have any time for what truly matters?  Do you think that when you become Financially Independent and Retire Early (FIRE) you will finally be happy?  This was how I felt when I … Continue reading "First, Be Happy!" ...
Posted: Nov 23 2018 @ 2:51 PM
What would you do TODAY if you didn’t have to go to work? What Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) would you make daily progress towards? I think it’s worth taking 3 or 4 minutes each morning to answer these questions.  Heck, it’s FUN to take a few minutes and answer them.  Let your daydreams run … Continue reading "Lighting a FIRE" ...
Posted: Nov 16 2018 @ 10:35 AM
This whole thing started as an idea.  The idea was to find happiness.   When my journey started a few years ago, I was NOT happy.  In fact, I was a wreck. Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash … but before I get into why I was such a mess, let me back up a bit.   HI, I’m … Continue reading "The Pursuit of Happiness" ...
Posted: Nov 13 2018 @ 3:22 AM

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