Our First Mortgage Free Anniversary

Success is a moving target. You’ve heard that line before, and I’m sure you’ve experienced the realization that it’s very true. And if you follow Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, you know that the cap and gown moment of all of those years of work comes with your final mortgage payment. When you can finally say …

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Granite Countertops

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. As I read  Paula Pant’s recent interview with TIME, two sentences grabbed my attention, forcing quick images of the apartments and houses I’ve called mine over the past ten years to flash through my mind. A lot of our friends were living in places …

Deciding Against a Normal Life

Twenty-three hundred times. A low estimate of the number of times I have driven the exact same route to work as of today. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive. At 7:30 AM, the fifteen minute drive from Kingston to Lenoir City on I-40 East allows you to see the sleepy awakening of the east Tennessee valley …

Why I’m Glad I Don’t Love My Job

As the long-awaited meeting came to a close, I watched my coworkers exchange enthusiastic glances. In response to high turnover rates, my employer finally listened to its employees and granted five more vacation days, rewards for good attendance, a company-wide pay increase and a better 401(k) plan, in addition to continuing to provide free health …

FIFA World Cup Russia Travel Journal: Day 14

This post is copied from the journal I kept while traveling in Russia with the intention of being able to look back at it years later and be able to remember small, long-since forgotten memories of my first international trip and dream come true.  It is raw and unedited with the exception of changing my …

FIFA World Cup Russia Travel Journal: Day 13

This post is copied from the journal I kept while traveling in Russia with the intention of being able to look back at it years later and be able to remember small, long-since forgotten memories of my first international trip and dream come true.  It is raw and unedited with the exception of changing my …

FIFA World Cup Russia Travel Journal: Day 12

This post is copied from the journal I kept while traveling in Russia with the intention of being able to look back at it years later and be able to remember small, long-since forgotten memories of my first international trip and dream come true.  It is raw and unedited with the exception of changing my …

FIFA World Cup Russia Travel Journal: Day 11

This post is copied from the journal I kept while traveling in Russia with the intention of being able to look back at it years later and be able to remember small, long-since forgotten memories of my first international trip and dream come true.  It is raw and unedited with the exception of changing my …

FIFA World Cup Russia Travel Journal: Day 10

This post is copied from the journal I kept while traveling in Russia with the intention of being able to look back at it years later and be able to remember small, long-since forgotten memories of my first international trip and dream come true.  It is raw and unedited with the exception of changing my …