Saturday Links! September 5, 2015

Welcome to the next great month! It might be fall for you, but it is still very hot here in South Florida. It’s great how technology can span the distances so well, and allow me to provide you with this great reading material.

Your job vs. your work: Retirement police, listen up! by Steve, thinksaveretire.com. A great piece about why people want to retire early, and it often involves much less golfing than you would imagine. If it were me, my hobby-turned-profession would be working on classic cars, or writing, or surfing, or any number of other cubicle-less activities.

5 Ways to Make Minimalism Work for Your Budget by Sam Lustgarten, nosidebar.com. A gentle reminder that minimalism and living inexpensively don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. You can let anything get out of control. Be aware of everything you do, even if you’re doing less of it.

Shadow Work and the Rise of Middle-Class Serfdom by Brett and Kate McKay, artofmanliness.com. I’ve certainly noticed this in my daily life, I just never realized there was a name for it. One thing I have noticed, however, is that when conveniences are added to our lives, we rarely use them as opportunities to slow down. Rather, we use them as opportunities to cram more into our lives.

BONUS! What I’m listening to this week:

The latest from my favorite West Palm Beach band, Raggy Monster.

Photo: Spring 2010, surfing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I took a week long surf trip on the road with my truck and one of my friends from high school, covering every surf break from Virginia Beach to Jacksonville. 

Links for Saturday, 5/30/15!

It’s that time of the week again! The weekend, where I like to relax, work on my side projects, and maybe do some reading. To that end:

The Secret to Having a Simplified Schedule by Melissa Camara Wilkins, No Sidebar. We can focus on just the things in our life when we’re trying to simplify, but how often do we look at the things we do? Are we doing things because we want to or need to, or are we doing them to appease other people? It’s your time, and it’s ok to say no to anything that isn’t going to further your goals.

Don’t Buy This Ad by Sam Lustgarten, Frugaling. I seem to link to a lot of Sam’s articles, but they do resonate with me. Not only does he mention Volkswagen (I drive an old Beetle) but he hits on one of the biggest instances of doublethink in our culture today. It reminds me a lot of the “Unilever Controversy” too. Just remember: All companies want to do is make money, and they will do whatever they think will make the most money. That’s it.

Bonus: What I’m listening to right now!

Raggy Monster is a local band from West Palm Beach that I really dig. I try and catch any of the shows they do around West Palm! Really fun an energetic, and a very original sound.

Photo: Mt. Rainier as seen from the top of Crystal Mountain in Washington. I took this a year ago during my first time snowboarding.