Dream, Live, Never Give In

I know this is a little outside the normal material for this blog but there is very little that is normal about me anyway.  I hope you can enjoy the message here. https://youtu.be/ja-n5qUNRi8

The “Our Next Life” Series // Time to Join In!

Planning for your next step in life? Tired of being a drone with just enough well to keep it together while working for an ungrateful boss or company? You can escape. The good folks at “ournextlife” offer some excellent advice and lessons learned along the way. I read every post they make and am generally better off for it. Have a look:

Our Next Life

our bloggy buddy steve, who writes think save retire, started the about series a few weeks back that all bloggers are invited to continue, and more recently wrote a series on his own blog that he dubbed the “our next life” series. we love the name, obviously, and thought — why not also make it a series that we all contribute to? so this is our take. and we’d love for you to write your own and link back! who’s in?

our take on the series may be a little different from steve and courtney’s, but our idea is to do a little daydreaming about what your next life will look like, after you reach whatever you’re planning for, whether it be early retirement or financial independence, paying off debt, saving for some other major goal, or achieving a major personal milestone.

some questions you may…

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Expectations and the Literal Thinker

I cannot even express how much this speaks to me. I have been reprimanded for not being willing to make extensive working drawings of furniture for a lazy half-wit on more than one occasion. My Vardo building pages have been attacked by the entitled internet Anons for not being able to state in exact measures how many fasteners will need to be purchased to build their own project. I was loudly scolded for not making an exact dimensional cutting list for the thousands pf pieces that make up the project, and so on and on and on.

“Close your mouth, open your mind, get off your ass and put a little effort into life. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish” says it all.


In the past few days there has been a, lets call it lively, discussion over on Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Masterclasses forum.  Generally speaking, the entire thing centered on two complaints voiced by a single member.

The first complaint was that the when and why of which joinery to employ was not being directly addressed.  The second complaint was that the woodworking instruction was not directly addressing how to design a piece of furniture.  While these issues are technically correct, all of the information is there in Mr. Sellers’ videos and blogs for those willing to observe, think and extrapolate for themselves.

For some reason society in general has shifted to an absolute literal way of thinking.  Every step and element of a process must be spelled out in order for people to understand and perform that process.  Here is an example from my workplace:

An employee was told to sweep the floor in his…

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Our Resolutions for Retirement: Six Habits to Kick When You Escape (that you can start right now!)

Some great advice from a couple heading for early retirement. They have a great blog and give some good, down-to-earth advice. Here are a few tips in today’s post.

  1. Stop sleeping with the phone right next to the bed.  The phone is a tool, not your jailer.
  2. Get dressed in the morning.  Just because you aren’t going to work, you can still put in a little effort to get dressed for the day.  This sets the mood that you may actually DO something.  And for everyone’s sake, don’t go shopping in your pajamas!
  3. Stop treating lunch like a frantic scramble.  Despite the feelings of guilt dished out by bad employers, you deserve a break once in a while.  Enjoy your time because life is short.
  4. Stop eating at your desk.  Again, get out.  Take break.  You are not a prisoner.
  5. Stop waking up at unreasonable hours. This is hard to avoid, but waking up to your own rhythm is something we can all benefit from.  Electricity, artificial lighting, internet, and television encourages us to stay up too late for our schedules.  Get some sleep!
  6. Stop neglecting fitness.  This should go without saying.  However, many of our jobs either hurt us by giving us too little activity or beat us up through tough repetitive movements.  When we get home, it’s too easy to lay down, have a cocktail, snack, eat, and recuperate from the day.  Find time to treat yourself right.

ALL GREAT ADVICE.  Read the rest and much more at the “Our next life“.

Our Next Life

happy monday, friends! anyone else hoping for a less volatile stock market week? we’d love to just coast into labor day weekend without thinking about the markets. let’s see if we’re so lucky! and now for our regularly scheduled blog post…

lately we’ve been noticing more of the bad habits that are part of our lives because of work, the things that would otherwise be invisible to us if we weren’t paying attention. work is in a busy period for both of us at the moment (don’t our clients know it’s august?!), so we’re spending even more time than usual daydreaming about what life will be like when we can say sayonara once and for all to our careers. a top priority for us then will be to change our habits, replacing the bad ones with good, healthy ones.

but of course it’s so easy to be blind to our…

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