A Year of Good Habits: Make Your Bed Every Day!

What does making your bed have to do with your financial health? Good question!

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Organized, bed made, and ready for the day.

Habits are important. Good habits are small behaviors that seem so trivial, yet they can reap profound benefits in your life. Take this blog, for example. I couldn’t find any time during the day to write, so I told myself I would get up each day a little earlier and write for the first half hour or hour. That behavior, multiplied by many days, has created blog posts and content. Continue reading “A Year of Good Habits: Make Your Bed Every Day!”

Let’s Move to: Bangkok!

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Golden buddhas inside a temple

Yesterday my husband sent me a link to this school. Last February, almost a year ago, we went on an incredible, two-week anniversary vacation trip to Asia. I’ll highlight how we did that in a future post. We started our stay in Bangkok and my husband loved it. I mean, really loved it. Continue reading “Let’s Move to: Bangkok!”

YNAB Review

 

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Will we budget better if we’re dressed up?!! (Disclaimer: we hardly ever dress like this).

**This year is A Year of Good Habits. Each month, I’ll focus on developing or strengthening one financial habit to better automate that behavior so we can double our net worth in three years and become location independent. In January, I’m focusing on setting and sticking to a budget as the goal. To do that, I started using a new budgeting software Continue reading “YNAB Review”

A Year of Good Habits: Let’s Get Started

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Steady efforts over time produce beautiful results.

One of the books that has had the biggest impact on how I think is Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business. Using emerging findings from the field of neuroscience, Duhigg explains how habits, good and bad, are formed.  Continue reading “A Year of Good Habits: Let’s Get Started”

January Net Worth Update

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Our net worth increase since 2011

Our family’s dream is to move internationally in three years. In order to do that, we’ve set a goal of doubling our net worth by December, 2019. While that amount of money won’t replace our yearly expenses using the 4% rule (yet!—we’re slowly bringing down our spending),  it will give us enough financial security to leave Continue reading “January Net Worth Update”

Semi-Minimalist Home

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Our semi-minimalist home

I love minimalism. I discovered Becoming Minimalist and The Minimalists about three years ago. I started my minimalist journey with Courtney Carver, of Project 333, and used thirty-three items of clothes per quarter, for about a year. At the same time, I started cleaning out our house, getting rid of things we no longer needed. During one January Continue reading “Semi-Minimalist Home”

The 50/50 Budget

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The garden, 50% in bloom

I have a friend who is amazing in so many ways. She is giving, has co-funded charities that help refugees, and is so excited about life she never stops participating in cool events in our area. She has family who lives internationally so she and her family travel a lot. She is terrified of budgeting. She and I have made Continue reading “The 50/50 Budget”

How to Manage International Real Estate

How do you manage international real estate holdings from another country?

Real estate in Santiago Chile house in Chile apartment in Chile www.thethreeyearexperiment.com

Our family stumbled into owning real estate in another country. It’s certainly not part of our plan for becoming location independent, but here’s how we ended buying an apartment in another country.

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The Almost Miraculous Benefits of Making Space for Thinking

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My morning thinking time.

Sara Blakely of Spanx© fame once said in an interview that she spends about 45 minutes each morning driving around the streets of Buckhead, the upscale area in Atlanta where Spanx headquarters are located. Even though she lives really close to her building, she builds in a “fake commute” so that she has time to Continue reading “The Almost Miraculous Benefits of Making Space for Thinking”

I Changed This One Habit to Save Over $11,000 This Year!

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We tracked our crabs this summer–22!

The Excel Spreadsheet

Since it is almost December, I’ve just about completed the second year of Spending Tracking on my Excel spreadsheet. I started the habit last January (2015), when I wanted more control of my spending trends than my Mvelopes or Personal Capital spending trackers were given me. Our family has made (and gone over) Continue reading “I Changed This One Habit to Save Over $11,000 This Year!”