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…

The Nature of Evil

depiction of the devil

Warning: Explicit material ahead. The bad dream I had below contains references to sexuality and murder. I just woke up from a vivid and elaborate dream. It was so powerful and so meaningful to me, I felt compelled to get out of bed, write it down, and ultimately, share it here. In the dream, my wife and I were harassed by a man. Throughout the weeks and months that existed in our dream lives, he constantly threatened us. He threatened our lives and attempted to…

Money & Paycheck Dependence

money and paycheck dependence

I just gave my resignation today. In exactly four months, I’ll be a free man – free from a paycheck. I’ve managed to save more than six months of living expenses, so I’m not worried about living without a paycheck for a while. More importantly however, I am hoping to use this savings to help ween me off the need for a paycheck. I plan to use this time to focus on making money as superfluous in my life as possible. What I mean by…

Discovering True Wealth

Many people, including me, have been wrestling since 2008 with the question of ‘what’s going to happen in the future?’ in regards to our economy. In the four years since, the economies of the world have grown at a snails pace. In the meantime, damage from the effects of global warming have steadily taken out more and more GDP in damage, threatening to nullify the small gains in growth. To find answers to this question, I have read widely over the years. It was ultimately…

Fighting Fear of Failure

fighting fear of failure

As I continue to prepare for our departure in May, I’m experience a rainbow of emotions throughout the day. Fear and uncertainty plague me constantly, but I have developed some powerful weapons to fight fear. I think this is the best that can be done with fear. I don’t think people can actually ‘overcome’ fear. That would be like overcoming the need to breath. Fear is natural. It must be accepted and lived with. Fear of failure is something that plagues everyone. I’ve had some…

What ‘Living On a Boat’ Means to Me

Living on a boat

I frequently summarize my future plans by saying, “My boat is my solution to all the problems in the world.”, which I think is the most succinct summary I can manage. While that means a lot to me, it’s as clear as mud to most people. I’ve expounded on how this lifestyle solves the dilemmas I see in the future as well as issues of control in my life. But to me, living on a boat is also the anti-thesis to a lifestyle of paycheck…

The Future of Change

1978 Cruise-a-Home

So the first biological lesson of history is that life is competition. Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life – peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. Animals eat one another with out qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law.   -Will and Ariel Durant,    The Lessons of History An Off-Handed Comment A friend of mine made an off-handed comment to me the other day. I generally try to keep my…

Food, Voluntary Simplicity, and Happiness

simple living

Watching wildlife is a big element of spending time in the San Juan Islands. I’ve always been particularly fascinated by the birds and how each one has evolved within a specialized niche. For instance, Robins are extremely sensitive to noises and visual cues made by earthworms – their main food source. Kingfishers evolved in the same area as Peregrine Falcons, which prey on smaller birds. As a result, the Kingfisher is not only a superior diving and fishing bird, it’s also extremely paranoid and prefers…

The Lost Virtues of Logic and Emotional Control

Usually when I write, I have two objectives: to entertain and to educate. This is a warning to you, the reader, that this post contains neither of these. This is just my incoherent rambling on a topic that has long irked me. Ancient Greece – The Origin of Logic The great Greek and Roman thinkers are attributed with creating and perfecting two of the greatest inventions ever concieved: deductive logic and debate. Men and women had long fought amount them selves and argued with one…

Forks in the Road

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I’ve been feeling more and more as though I may be in the middle of a mid-life crisis. The crisis part is pretty evident, but is thirty mid-life? …Oh well, I’ve always been an early bloomer. What I know for sure is that I am increasingly rejecting the axioms of modern society that I have tried hard to adopt over the last decade and instead reaching back to the wisdom I had as a child. From about the age of eight, I spent the vast…

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