When my word for the year was “I don’t give a f*ck”

Last year, my word for the year was “SURRENDER.” (Okay, to be more accurate, I didn’t pick that word I just actually surrendered. My word for the year was more like, “seriously I don’t give a f*ck.” Haha! True story). What happened was, I stopped doing anything that didn’t bring me joy.

I stopped marketing my business. I just worked with private clients that came to me by referral. I thought I was going to quit business altogether, actually.

From the space of truly letting go of any attachment to what I thought I ‘should’ want (or what the old me may have wanted at some point but which shifted), I came back to WHY I got into entrepreneurship in the first place.

dream stealers

A Love Letter To The Dream Stealers

To the dream-stealers,

We believed you for many years.

Our hearts sank and our shoulders slumped as what you believed was (im)possible formed our own prison walls. We *almost* accepted that the dreams we held so close to our hearts were… Unrealistic. Risky. For them, not us. Flat out fantasy.

Almost.

Because you’re very convincing. And you’re everywhere. You tell us to get our head out of the clouds. Sometimes with harsh words. Sometimes with a teasing laugh. Sometimes with a pep-talk and a dose of well-intended advice.

After years of waiting for her life to be perfect, Karen Hofreiter decided to ditch the fantasy of dinner parties and perfection and live her life anyway.

Else Stories: Ditching The Dinner Party Fantasy

Long, long ago when I got married for the first time, I did what traditionally-minded brides do and registered for all matter of kitchen and home artifacts.

Scan gun in hand, I got trigger-happy, pointing and clicking at sleek stainless steel utensils (oh, the savory crepes I would skillfully flip and the bechamels I would whisk!);

Courtney Carver shares 25 easy ways to simplify your life, and all of them take less than ten minutes. No matter how busy you are, you can simplify!

25 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 10 Minutes or Less

While we’ve established that simplicity is a practice and not a destination, there are practical things you can do every day to simplify your life. And the good news is, there are practical things you can do quickly.

Set a timer for 10 minutes.

Choose any of the following tasks.

Stop after 10 minutes.

Then celebrate your simpler life.

Brandon the Mad Fientist shares his favorite ways to use credit card points for cheap travel along with his favorite resources for research and tracking.

My Favorite Hacks for Cheap Travel

I just returned from a two-week trip around Europe, during which my wife and I visited Ireland, England, Scotland, and Portugal, stayed in 5-star hotels, and enjoyed VIP treatment in airport lounges.

Did I lose my mind and decide to blow all of my FI savings on one extravagant trip? No, not in the slightest. The trip actually didn’t cost much more than it costs to visit my family in Pittsburgh.

How is that possible? Two words…Travel Hacking.