Weekend Readings

Weekend Reading – spring is here edition

I’m so glad it’s Friday! Between meetings, presentations, and dinners, my work schedule was a bit hectic this week. Getting home late from work dinner and having to get up super early for meetings the next day for multiple times this week meant I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep. Hence for my tweets the other day:

Talk about being sleep deprived!

Next week will be just as busy at work because I have a few meetings with customers and dinners planned. While I love and enjoy my job, I’m glad that our dividend portfolio is working hard for us generating income so I don’t have to work this hard in the near future.

The weather here in Vancouver has been fabulous lately. Spring has finally arrived and we’re getting a good dose of sunshine. It’s great to be able to walk around outside in a t-shirt and enjoy the warm weather. 🙂

Can you believe how quickly time has gone by? 5 years ago I proposed to Mrs. T at her birthday party in front of a bunch of of our friends. Before Mrs. T blew out the birthday cake candles, I asked her to close her eyes so I could give her a gift. She thought I was going to give her a sewing machine as she had been wishing for one for ages. When she opened her eyes and saw me on one of my knees with an engagement ring, she was completely shocked. None of our friends expected this either. A month later we got married very cheaply. Hard to believe that 5 years later we are now parents to two little kids.


Baby T2.0 is going through a growth spurt so she wants to feed ALL THE FREAKING TIME. So it has been slightly challenging for Mrs. T to get some sleep at night. She’s trying to nap during the day but Baby T1.0 and T2.0’s nap schedules don’t usually align. Given that the growth spurt typically only last a week or so, hopefully we’ll be able to get back to some OK sleeping schedule.

As you probably have figured, my blog post publication has reduced slightly, hopefully we’ll get back to about 2 posts per week schedule soon. I have some great ideas in my mind, so just need to find time to write.

Although not writing as much as I usually do, I managed to read lots of great articles over the last few weeks. Here are some great articles that I came across. Enjoy!


Steve wrote about Never strive to eliminate fear from your life. Yes a balance dose of fear is helpful. I’m a true believer that if we’re too comfortable living and not learning, we’re busy dying.

Mr. Zombie loves Boardgaming your way to to freedom. Mrs. T and I love board games too, we particular like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride. Are you a big board game fan?

FI Fighter explained How he walked away a $200,000/year “Dream Job” at 31 to live his life. Very inspiring!

Cait discussed The true cost of wasting money on getting wasted. Wow I didn’t realize that drinking costs that much money over time.

Robb at Boomer & Echo explained Why Indexing Doesn’t Mean Settling For Average Returns. Although I’m mostly a dividend growth investor and do invest in some index ETF’s, Robb’s article was extremely interesting.

Bryan at Income Surfer wrote that They’ve tasted FI and it is sweet. Love it!

Physician on FIRE asks How much is enough? A great question to ponder. 🙂

Mrs. SSC said that She’s tired of chasing money – let’s chase happiness! Can’t agree more.

Our Next Life wondered What’s Our Money Really For? // There’s More to Life Than Future Goals.

Do you invest in US equities? If so, you should read Mark’s piece on If you’re investing in U.S. stocks or ETFs

Maggie wrote about When money and love don’t mix.

Ambertreeleaves wrote about Banking Perks – Qualify Times. 

JC wrote about Forecasting Dividend Growth. Great topic!

Bert at Dividend Diplomats explained Why he’s not in a hurry to buy a house. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    Apathy Ends
    April 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Ahhhhhh – I live in Minnesota and it was definitely snowing today! I hope your weather is tracking its way towards me

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Oh boy, hopefully you’ll get some warmer & sunnier weather soon!

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    Income Surfer (@IncomeSurf)
    April 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing our post Tawcan! I’m glad your four are doing well. Incredible how time flies, isn’t it 🙂 I hope you guys have a great weekend

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Hi Bryan,

      Time definitely flies. Hope you’re having a great time traveling in US.

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    Physician on FIRE
    April 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Tawcan, for sharing all the great posts! I am humbled to be included.

    Apathy Ends, have you had Enough of that snow yet? At least it doesn’t stick around long this time of year.

    Have a great weekend, everybody.

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      Apathy Ends
      April 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I am over it! Once ice fishing season ends I am ready for summer

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Hi Physician on FIRE,

      You’re welcome. Hope you had a great weekend.

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    April 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for sharing Tawcan, it’s great you have time to even read anything, lol.

    It’s funny being on the other side of the world, with Easter being about celebrating Spring and the start of new life, in Australia things are getting colder and darker 🙂

    It’s amazing how time moves on, yet we must keep doing what we want to do or else time will pass us by. I guess that’s what we are all trying to achieve.

    It’s great to read that your baby is growing and things are going okay. I hope you both stay doing great too and I think we all understand that you aren’t posting quite as much 🙂


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      April 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Hi Tristan,

      I try to read every day. 🙂

      I’ve never been to Australia, would love to visit there one day and be “down under.”

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    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank
    April 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for these links Tawcan. I know these are really exciting, very informative articles. Enjoy the spring!

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Jayson.

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    April 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for including me Tawcan! And I love the engagement picture! Congrats again on baby number 2. I love seeing people having siblings! I will send you pleasant sleeping vibes! As you know, this phase will end soon enough.

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Hi Maggie,

      I’m glad to have asked my friends to take some pictures before I popped the question. 🙂

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    A Frugal Family's Journey
    April 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Thanks for sharing the photos and reads. I’ve been away for a few days so this certainly helped me catch up a bit quicker! BTW, congrats on 5 years of marriage! My wife and I will be celebrating 10 years in October.

    Best wishes my friend. AFFJ

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Wow 10 years, that’s a big milestone. 🙂

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    April 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Belgium just had a super sunny weekend. we were outside most parts of the day, prepping the garden for the spring and summer! Life is good when there is sun.
    Thx for the mention.

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Hope everything is back to somewhat normal after the terrible terrorist attack! We had a great weekend with lots of sunshine but looks like this week will be back to clouds & rain. 🙁

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    Allan Liwanag
    April 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I like several of the posts you indicated. I particularly like FI Fighter. The author is the definition of somebody who really wants to attain financial freedom. Walking away from a six-figure is a difficult thing to do, but he was able to do. Kudos to him.

    Good stuff you on the list.

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Allan,

      FI Fighter’s story is definitely inspirational. 🙂

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    My Own Advisor
    April 11, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Thanks for the mention Tawcan. Sounds like things are going very well for you and you’re very happy.

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      April 11, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hi Mark,

      No worries, hope you had a great weekend watching The Masters.

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    April 12, 2016 at 7:13 am

    That’s beautiful Tawcan! 5 years in and 2 babies? That’s even better! I am 2.5 years in the marriage and no kid yet. Probably the time has come? 🙂



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      April 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Haha we’ve been busy I guess. 😉

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    Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor
    April 12, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Great recommendations. And congrats on baby #2!

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      April 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Kalie.

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    April 16, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Ugh, that is so sweet Tawcan. I know that you two are responsible parents to your two kids. God bless and good luck!

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