5 tips on how to “simplify” your vipassana course

I know this may sound counter-intuitive: simplify-vipassana course. Vipassana is a well known meditating technique, and the basic course- the entrance gate to the world of vipassana so to speak- is the 10-day course, which is many things, but simple -isn’t one of them. Having said that- I am a huge believer in planning ahead, […]

Protein packed wonder: soy beans!!

The excitement. Then again, why be cynical.I would have thought I left that awful trait behind me when I retired. “cynicism is the weapon of the weak”. I’ve been told that so many times I lost count. Weak or strong, soybeans are a true wonder, nutritionally speaking of course. You already heard, at least 100 […]

Addressing the shopping gorilla in my room…

I’ve been such a good penny pinching frugal minimalist for the past years leading to my early retirement, and through the 8 months of retirement since march. And it wasn’t even difficult. The thing is, preparing for early retirement became a mission, and being a type A uptight organized achiever, I was so minded and […]

Can you overeat healthy food???

Well, yes.you can apparently. I can attest to that. Personal experience. While I was convinced that you can only binge on sugary -carb-loaded whatever ( I bet you don’t even need to use your imagination…everybody has a week spot for something food concerned) – Well- turns out calories are calories, and, much like finances, if […]

Rise up- it’s fall!

Even (former) cynics like me can’t avoid that sense of joy creeping when its fall time. Fall here is very short, a month at best, so I try to enjoy every second of it. Being me, enjoying most definitely means food. My daughter texted me the other day asking for a recipe for acorn squash. […]

Early retirement cleaning projects, naturally….

I knew this was coming. It was inevitable. Major cleaning assignments, that up until my early retirement were classified as : “when I have the time”. Well, I never really had the time. I mean I had the time to clean, but not to tackle those nasty hidden spots nobody sees unless you make a […]

My struggles with intermittent fasting.

I have been practicing intermittent fasting since January, and I think it’s time to share my opinion on this oh so controversial subject. I remind you I am no doctor/dietitian/anything of the sort. Just me. early retired me, plenty of time and enthusiasm, a genuine interest in healthy nutrition, preferably vegan (for me) but not […]

Cheap thrills: 3 easy money-saving hacks for free!!

I believe it’s time for another fun round of ” how to save $$$ so retirement won’t take that long”. #1: Diy healthy +frugal sugar substitute: your very own organic raw Medjool date spread! My partner got his blood work results and was reluctant to share, so I figured it was not the greatest results […]

Design your personal trail mix! frugal, healthy, easy recipe!!

I don’t eat airplane food. I mean I haven’t tried business class food , not to mention first class cuisine, so I can only make bold and harsh statements concerning tourist class , but I’m pretty sure most people travel like me, with the common crowd, and if you happen to be priviledged – well […]

5 tips that made my trip to India so great!h

So last week I told you about the present I gave myself for my 51st birthday: 2-week Intensive yoga course in India-full and honest review! Now I believe it is time for me to share the best tips I used, that made my first trip to India, alone, not possible-but a meaningful and unforgettable trip. […]