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Reduce Kitchen Clutter with The Dishwasher Challenge

Mrs. Minafi has heard this line too many times to count: “Want to try an experiment?”. Following our recent move from a 1,700 square foot house to an apartment, we’ve been on a mission to clear away as much clutter as possible and earn back as much time as we can. After staying in a Read More

January 17, 2018. 3 min read. Minimalism, Personal. 3 Comments.

Mrs. Minafi has heard this line too many times to count: “Want to try an experiment?”. Following our recent move from a 1,700 square foot house to an apartment, we’ve been on a mission to clear away as much clutter as possible and earn back as much time as we can. After staying in a temporary apartment for a few weeks, there was one thing we learned to appreciate fast – how much easier it was keeping a clean kitchen with a smaller dining set.

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Minafi 2017 Q4 Winter Investment Report

A snapshot of my finances as of January 1, 2018. We were up 12.2% for a total of +$133,765.50 for the quarter. This includes my investment totals, specific stocks, category breakdowns and how I'm doing on the road to FI.

January 15, 2018. 9 min read. Financial Independence, Investing, Personal. 13 Comments.

Photo of Tallinn, Estonia from our trip there in 2016.

At the end of every quarter, I share a snapshot of my current finances. This includes what I’m invested in, their values and the change over time. The hope of sharing this information is to show it’s possible to make money investing is super-simple ways without the need to watch the latest news.

My hope is that people realize how easy it is to invest and take control of their own finances. Whether that’s reading a book on the topic, taking my free investing course, or looking at what others are doing and learning from that. When I learned to invest it was a combination of all of these, and I always wished more people shared the nitty-gritty of their own decision making. I hope this helps to highlight what I’m investing in, and get feedback from those more experienced than myself about ways I could improve. Continue Reading…

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9 Songs About Money You Won’t Hear on the Radio

There are countless songs about money spanning every genre. While some make it big and get plastered on every radio, some live forever underground with die-hard fans. Here are a few songs that you may not normally hear on the radio.

January 12, 2018. 3 min read. Investing. 3 Comments.

Writing about money has meant I notice it a little more in everyday life. After seeing Dee-1 perform recently, it got me thinking: What other songs are there about money that you wouldn’t hear on the radio? I prompted this questions to friends and family and filled out a list of 9 songs that are all crazy catchy. Continue Reading…

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What’s a Moment Where You Felt The Most Euphoric?

When you think about a time when you felt most euphoric, what comes to mind? Where were you? Who were you with? What was around you?

January 10, 2018. 3 min read. Mindfulness, Personal. 0 Comments.

One tradition that we’ve kept alive at Code School for years is storytime. The idea of it is simple. When a group of 4-8 of us are together someone starts things off by asking a question. Then, we go around the group each taking the time to answer it with a story. We’ve shared stories many times – over cocktails at bars, while at developer conferences, in hot tubs at company retreats and around fires on the beach. Continue Reading…

My Favorite 66 Books Read in 2017

Every year I listen to a bunch of audiobooks. In 2017 I ended up listening to 66 books across a few genres including non-fiction, memoir, fantasy, science fiction and more. Here are my top recommendations from the year.

January 8, 2018. 18 min read. Personal. 9 Comments.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. 72 in 2016, 78 in 2015, 44 in 2014 and 66 (!) in 2017. I started listening to more podcasts this past year, which lowered the number a little bit. Most people that know me in person have seen me walking around with a single-ear Bluetooth earbud. I can’t listen to books while working, writing or programming, but if I’m doing anything else alone I’ll have an earpiece in. I thought it would be interesting to look back at 2017 and see what books stood out! Continue Reading…

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There is No Such Thing as a Minimalist Life

Minimalism isn't about reducing your possession. For me, it means making space for what matters. What matters is different for everyone. It could mean having more time for relationships, productivity, opportunities, enjoying life or anything that brings meaning.

January 5, 2018. 4 min read.
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My 2017 Year in Review

My entirely too long look at what happened in 2017. The top themes for the year were: wedding, honeymoon, moving to Salt Lake City, starting Minafi and focusing at Pluralsight.

January 1, 2018. 19 min read.
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