Hey guys, the following is a list of a few of the resources that I’ve found valuable on my journey.
MMM introduced me to the financial independence (FI) movement. His fundamentally different way of looking at finances was a breath of fresh air. I wanted to be wise with my money, but I was financially illiterate. MMM was my first step in developing a working knowledge of finances. His posts gave me the “why” in addition to the “how.” This is the blog that made me realize I every choice with my money was shaping my life whether I cared to think about it or not.
Not to mention, it’s fun to read. All that content comes wrapped in a lighthearted, sarcastic, humor-filled package.
I heard Liz at Frugalwoods interviewed on Choose FI and immediately hunted down her blog. I’ve been soaking up her content since, and I can’t wait to read the book she just published. She focuses on the overarching principles, the motivation and meaning behind FI and simple living. To let her describe her writing herself, I’ll steal from an interview where she said:
“Much of what I write about is not how to save money at the grocery store or how to pinch pennies. It’s much more about how to orchestrate a life that you enjoy living every single day as opposed to a life that’s beholding to […] the mercurial highs of consumerism.”
Sing it sister.
I’ve already outlined the tidying process this book inspired, as well as the far-reaching impact of the lessons it taught me. It’s a must read for anyone who isn’t a born minimalist. I do like to warn people that, at times, Kondo’s tone becomes a little “fluffy.” At least for me. Read past any fluff and glean the value, because the value is there.
Jordan B. Peterson
This book has a different tone compared to the rest of the work I’ve mentioned here. Peterson is a Canadian psychology professor whom I was introduced to via his YouTube and podcast content. When I found out he was releasing this book, I pre-ordered.
Dr. Peterson doesn’t talk about frugality and organization. The lessons in it are more fundamental. They’ve shaped my life, and therefore also the ideas I’m presenting in this blog. How do we look at the world? Interact with those around us? He brings together philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and religion to answer the question: how do you live a life of meaning and avoid despair?
One of these days I’ll write a full post about this book, but for now let me say it’s well worth the read for anyone who has the slightest inclination toward these topics. If you’re curious, start with some of his YouTube clips!
When you listen to Choose FI you feel like you’re hanging out in someone’s backyard chatting. It’s only after a few episodes that you realize you’ve actually learned more from Brad, Jonathan, and their guests than you did from most of your college courses.
These guys have inspired me to take on challenges I would have scoffed at a year or two ago. It was through a Choose FI interview that it occurred to me that I could write a blog. They’ve challenged many of the day-to-day assumptions in my life and for that I say THANK YOU.
Choose FI has fostered an active community as well. There are regional Facebook pages, besides the main Choose FI group. It was through the FB group for Philadelphia that I got to sit down and have coffee with a group of FI-minded individuals last month. I really can’t overstate how encouraging it was to meet a slice of this online community face-to-face.
This podcast brings excitement, actionable steps, a lack of dogma, and a commitment to building community.
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