Saturday Links! August 22, 2015

The Routine is the Enemy Of Time, retire29.com. An interesting view on living life, and a way of life that asks us to pay attention to each moment before they all disappear.

Three Months of Early Retirement, livingafi.com. Early retirement has been a dream of mine for a long time, and it’s good to read about someone who’s just taken the leap. There’s hope out there!

What We Won’t Miss About Working, ournextlife.com. Speaking of which…

BONUS! What I’m listening to this week:

Just a good, honest jam.

Photo: Got a great deal on this surfboard, a Meyerhoffer XYZ, which arrived in the mail this week. Unfortunately there probably won’t be surf good enough to ride this board for another month or so. To maintain my minimalist cred, I’m selling a 7’2″ board that’s been sitting in my garage for a while. If you’re also interested in surfing, this is the deal about the funny shape:

New Free Time

An inevitable, but sometimes saddening, fact of life is that any time we free up a resource in our lives, we often fill that void with something else. If we save some cash, we start looking for ways to spend that cash. If we free up some time, we start looking for something else to do.

Would it be so bad if we saved our newfound money and time? If we saved that dollar for a house or for retirement? If we saved that hour to bike to the beach or lay in a hammock?

We don’t have to stress ourselves about always being busy, or always spending money. We can choose to relax and de-stress, rather than fret over what should be considered newfound freedom.

Remember to take time for yourself. More isn’t necessarily better.

Photo: Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. One of my favorite places in the world to go for a breath of fresh air.