Preparing for early retirement: last month at work

So,  early retirement is getting closer and closer. If nothing changes- my due date is at the end of this (short) month- February 28. Being a walking irony that I am, the minute I wrote a mail to everyone at work announcing my retirement and inviting them to a modest toast on the 28th, someone […]

12 running tips for beginners

  I have been running for many years, and for a  couple of years even participated in a few races (half marathons, 10k, nothing fancy) until I decided my introvert self overcomes my competitive self. I am by no way an expert on running, I am not a “running doctor” ( ok I am aware […]

Analyzing my everyday expenses: reflecting on 2018- part 2

Aspiring towards early retirement , for me, meant adjusting to a different life style- and a  different spending regime- but- and this is the important point I am emphasizing- the change needed to be permanent- not “only until I reach early retirement- and then- the sky’s the limit “. And why is that, pray tell? […]

10 hour layover in Amsterdam: how to change your point of view and have a great time!(and happy balanced new year!!)

As I grow (older and )wiser, I realise that there is so much truth in the simple & common phrase:”your perspective shall determine your experience”. Every incident I bump into – or bumps into me- I breathe, contemplate its consequences, and try to look at it in a positive way. What I learned over the […]

Reflecting on my 2018 expenses

The end of the year is in my opinion a great time to look back at your expenses and learn a thing or two (or three?) about your spendings. *This is a part of a bigger picture– of course- reflecting on everything you accomplished in the past year- for better or for worse. the thing […]

Volunteering with Ninos De Guatemala -the whole truth.

I am a skeptic. I do not take anything anyone tells me for granted, I always check- and double check every fact. When I decided to travel to Guatemala and volunteer with NDG -Ninos De Guatemala- I was skeptic too- and after spending almost a month in Antigua-Guatemala- volunteering and touring (AKA voluntouring), I can […]

Hiking the acatenango volcano in guatemala- usefull tips for beginners

A year before I turned 50, I read somewhere that a good way to find out what your true dreams are- is to sit in front of a paper- and instinctively draw the first thing that comes to your mind- when thinking about things you wish to achieve. so I sat down one day, and […]

“Failure is not an option!”- really???

I grew up thinking only lame and unsuccessful people fail. or If you don’t fit into one of those categories- than you must have not tried hard enough. Every failure was questioned, almost shamed, explanatins were in order and the overall message was- please don’t do that any more. For years I thought this is […]

Being prepared: keep in shape! (+a frugal tip on how to get yourself a “personal massage therapist” for life for a just a few $)

I understand that we cannot prepare for every possible thing life arranges for us- I wish we could. Being a control freak, having 100% certainty in life would have made me a very chilled person- (or perhaps I’d arrange something else to worry over..) But- I believe we can definitely mitigate the possible outcome of […]

Extra frugal tips for frugal warriors!

Ok the following tips are not for the weak hearted. only you frugal warriors, that fear nothing, that have  mission, set a goal, they are pure hearted and don’t beat around any bush- only you can keep on reading. the rest- well go think about how to upgrade your frugal being. the day is not over […]