Debt Freedom (original post)

This original post inspired this page that tracks my progress towards debt freedom. Please check it out! For the last six months, I’ve been working hard to get my sailboat safe, fully functional, and livable. I am happy to announce that I have achieved all the goals I set out, and now, as of April 1st, I am officially living aboard full time. Living aboard a boat has been a long-time goal of mine because it is a ‘lily pad’, creating jumping off point for…

Leisure Time

Over the years, I’ve come to value leisure time as the ultimate value to measure wealth and success. When I was a very young man, I ‘collected’ CEOs. At 21, I was sure I wanted to build a business, sell it, make millions, and then retire in the San Juan Islands. I began to ask CEOs for an interview for an imaginary book ‘I was writing’. I took six months off college to work as the personal assistant to a CEO of a startup software…

Infrastructure Independence

Infrastructure Independence

I’m increasingly feeling that I should focus my blog on promoting a lifestyle of … I’m not really sure what to call it. Cruising? Living aboard? Off-grid tiny houses? ‘Infrastructure independence’ is the best phrase that comes to mind. The point is this: I believe the root of ‘the problem’ with our world today exists in our infrastructure. Most people today still live the lifestyle of the industrial age: Income obtained from a single job, paying taxes to a central government. Groceries obtained from a…

Debt and Murder

debt and murder

Recently I watched ‘The Green Mile’ staring Tom Hanks and based on a novel by Stephen King. It’s a great movie and I highly recommend it. One of the side stories is of a death-row inmate named Wild Bill who kidnaps two girls from their home and murders them in the woods. He is able to abduct them from their home without awakening the parents because he tells one of them, “If you scream, I’ll kill your sister.” Then he says the same thing to…

Why Blog?

Alaska Hiking

Over the last six months, I have come into contact with both amazing people and kindred souls. In the last week alone I have hung out with Katie and Mark of controlledjibe.com and Katie J of Spyhopper Travels. In July, I rendezvoused with Stormy of artofhookie.org. I always stay in touch with Teresa and Ben of sailingsimplicity.com. I have also spent time with several people who do not have an internet presence, but who’s alternative, adventurous life is equally beautiful and intriguing. I sat down…

The Road Less Traveled

sailboat dinner

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” -A Buddhist Saying   With Thanksgiving come and gone and New Years resolutions right around the corner, I have recently spent some time reflecting on my life and have to conclude that things are good. I have a stimulating job at a business creating an ethical product, a novelty in this day in age. The income from my…

Spirituality and Self Sufficiency

Those who have read older passages in my blog have probably seen me mention Charles Eisenstein and his book, Sacred Economics. That book was inspiring to me because of its clear, logical explanation on the connection between our economy and the sacred, spiritual aspects of our lives. Its concise explanation on how, exactly, the two parts of our culture are tied together. Although I agreed with about 95% of the book, I didn’t agree with everything. I felt he placed too much emphasis on an…

Embracing Minimalism

minimalist bedroom

This post discusses my inspirations to adopt a minimalist lifestyle and my financial plans for the future after my recent divorce. I reflect on the past, the future, and the present. Reflections on the Economic Past I’m in the middle of reading Snow Falling on Cedars which is a historical fiction based on San Juan Island. The people back in that era had so little, and had to work so hard for it. In a way, it makes me feel spoiled and petty considering all…

A Tenuous Contentment

tenuous contentment

It’s been a couple weeks since my last blog entry. I try to make one post per week, but I’ve been incredibly preoccupied with launching my SEO business. I just put the finishing touches on the new website and I’ve been actively hunting new clients. It’s been almost two months now since I quit my corporate job and started working in earnest on my own business. The last two months have been very fulfilling: working on the boat, building websites, and educating small business owners….

Full Disclosure – Financing My Liveaboard Life

livaboard_financing

A lot of people dream of cruising full time. Inevitably, those people look at stories of other cruisers and liveaboards and ask themselves “How do they afford to do it?”. I have often asked that same questions and what I’ve found is that every liveaboard and cruiser has a very different story to tell. This is my story. This is how I plan to finance my cruising lifestyle this summer and why I am doing it in my own unique manner. Wealth and Poverty Today…

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