Weekend Reading – Frozen Vancouver edition

Brrr it has been cold in Vancouver the last few days. Hard to believe but we have had a few days where the temperature dipped below 0°C (it’s -6°C/21°F outside as I write this). Such below 0 temperature is uncommon for Vancouver. The temperature drop has been a surprise considering that just the other weekend Mrs. T ordered 4 yards of manure and the both of us were shovelling manure into our backyard all weekend. In addition, some flowers like tulips are already coming out from the ground. Hopefully, the freezing temperature is just a blip and we’ll get back to seasonal average temperature soon…

(Folks that live in frozen tundra are probably rolling their eyes by now…)

Between work, everyday life, and writing guest blog articles, I haven’t spent as much time publishing posts on this blog. I am toying with a few ideas in my head but I need a bit more time to incubate these ideas. For now, these ideas will just live in my head…

Here are some articles that have caught my eyes over the last few weeks.

Can you believe GCCJr who is only 2 years old has been to 28 countries already? Certainly helps to have parents that are already retired.

Mark at My Own Advisor talked about Six big retirement mistakes and what he’s doing about them. I suppose we are making a few mistakes accordingly to this list…

Retire Before Dad discussed the 10 lessons he has learned from 4 months of unemployment. I thoroughly enjoyed his perspective.

Joe at Retire By 40 thinks that FIRE is better than sex. Hmmm not sure how I feel about that…

I wrote a guest post for Justin at Root of Good asking Is hygge, or social coziness, Denmark’s best export? 

John at ESI Money shared his 40th Millionaire Interview. I really enjoyed the insight.

Mr. Tako thinks that FIRE is totally worth it, after being FIRE’d for 2 years. I am hoping to say something similar in a few years’ time as well.

Not that Mr. Money Mustache needs more traffic referrals, but his piece on DIY solar power setup was a fantastic read.

Tanja at Our Next Life shares her thoughts on Why they don’t buy bitcoins or any other cryptocurrency, and why you shouldn’t either. 

I had the opportunity to write an article for J at Millennial Boss to share the Visa logistics of living abroad post FIRE.

Sam shared the Silver linings of a stock market correction. I sure hope the stock market correction continues!

How many different income streams should you have? Apparently 7 according to Physician of Fire. I got to work on that!

Retire by Forty asked If they are already financially independent abroad?

Can you believe that Accidental Fire Spent $44,000 on a two-week vacation? As an outdoor enthusiast, I’m so glad to see someone in the personal finance community had a wicked outdoor trip.

Dividend Growth Investor recommended Dividend investors to stay on course.  We’ll do exactly that!

I wrote a guest post for Carl at 1500 Days on What it’s like to be TV free for over 7 years. 

Amy at Life Zemplified explained What helps you achieve financial independence besides money. 


Have a great weekend everyone! Do you have anything exciting planned?

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  • Reply
    Miguel (The Rich Miser)
    February 23, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for putting together this list of awesome articles. I’ve got some reading to do!


    • Reply
      February 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Enjoy reading these awesome articles. 🙂

  • Reply
    freddy smidlap
    February 23, 2018 at 9:18 am

    holy crap bob, 4 yards is a lot of manure. you got a little farm up there in the great white north?

    • Reply
      February 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      We got a good size vegetable garden in the backyard. Plus we got a greenhouse last summer. 🙂

  • Reply
    February 23, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Sorry to hear it’s so cold in Vancouver. It’s been unusually nice in southern Ontario for a change! Very rainy though *ducks*

    Looks like we exchanged weather patterns. =) Thanks for publishing links to these articles. I now have some extra reading material!

    • Reply
      February 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      It’s dumping snow right now!!! Looks like we indeed swapped weather patterns.

  • Reply
    February 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    You have definitely been all over the internets lately Bob! I’m always impressed by how many people in the personal finance community you know.

    Thanks for the mention btw! 🙂

    Say warm! Hopefully we’ll get past this cold weather soon.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks for writing a great article!

  • Reply
    Tom @ Dividends Diversify
    February 24, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Thanks Tawcan, I have read a few of these and they are very good. RB40 is always one of my favorites. In fact, Joe’s most recent post on Thursday inspired one that I wrote yesterday and is in my drafts for mid March publication. Of course I will link to his site, but he doesn’t need any help from me. Tom

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Yup RB40’s post was quite good, I enjoyed reading it.

  • Reply
    Amy @ LifeZemplified
    February 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    This great list is going to keep me busy. Thank you for the mention!

    I hope it warms up for you there. We’ve had a very up and down winter in Michigan. Some unseasonably warm weather which is doing wonders for our already terrible roads as the ground freezes and thaws.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      I can imagine that your roads are very bumpy… hopefully they’ll get fixed up soon.

  • Reply
    Michael CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet
    February 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    In regards to your notes on living abroad …
    I work as an international school teacher … so I am able to live and work – stay anywhere in the world I get a job – I am F.I. but not R.E. – I live in Asia and travel around the world or locally or back to North America as I get 3 months holidays each year …. my homebase is here and so I have a green card too … so I am kind of a dual citizen .. I don’t need a Visa … other of coworkers have bought mini- home bases in places around Asia, Africa, and Europe … like Thailand, Korea, South China, Indonesia, Kenya, Greece, Italy and the like etc … they are usually small like 30 sq meters, and rent them out as AirBnBs when not in use … Michael CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      That’s awesome that you are traveling around the world while teaching at international schools.

      Good idea on renting out the mini-home base when you are not living there.

  • Reply
    February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Nice list. I have probably read a third of those. Got to check the others out.

    Sucks with your weather there. This week in ontario it will be like 5-15 degrees each day. Probably gonna be taking down the ice rink!

    Have fun moving that manuere

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      It was a bit of work moving the manure but good manual work at the same time.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Sounds like we have a flip between Ontario and the lower mainland Vancouver.

  • Reply
    Accidental FIRE
    February 25, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for the shout out Bob, now het back to your hygge!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      You’re welcome!

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Hygge hygge hygge! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention!
    Portland was very cold last week also. We had a bit of snow and school closed for a day. I’m so ready for nicer weather. It’s way too cold for yard work right now.

    • Reply
      February 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Haha it was actually quite enjoyable doing yard work the other weekend. Had to wear warm clothes though.

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