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Simplify Your Desktop with Bartender

Keeping a decluttered desktop with the minimum number of distractions helps me concentrate more on life and less on digital clutter.

September 20, 2017. 2 min read. Minimalism. 0 Comments.

Recently, Cait Flanders has mentioned spending some time to clean up her digital footprint. This has been a good reminder for me to revisit this and evaluate areas that are and aren’t working in my digital life. I prioritize keeping a clean and minimal desktop interface. That feeling helps me feel more organized, even as further down the line things are less put together. Here are some of the top ways I keep this clean. Continue Reading…

How I Learned to be Less Critical of Others

Without realizing it, I had slowly become more judgemental of others. This was negatively impacting my relationships without me even realizing it. This is how I realized this was a problem and started action to do better.

September 18, 2017. 3 min read. Mindfulness. 1 Comment.

I worry about being wrong. I worry about confidently writing about subjects, or acting on feedback only to realize that my underlying knowledge was wrong. Accepting that this is going to happen isn’t easy for me, but that acceptance leads to amazing things – both for myself and my view of others. Continue Reading…

How I Would (and Do) Invest $1 Million

The strategy I use to invest $1 million dollars is the same one I would recommend to others. Depending on your age the numbers will be slightly different, but you can use the formula in this post to find out what allocation I would recommend.

September 15, 2017. 5 min read. Financial Independence, Investing. 11 Comments.

What would you do with $1 Million Dollars in order to live off it for the rest of your life? For that to work, you’d need to put your money to work for you in the form of investing it in some way. You could start a business, invest in real estate, invest in the stock – or just buy a bunch of lottery tickets. My preferred method of dealing with this amount of money that I use myself is one that requires the minimal amount of work.

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Why I Don’t Blog Anonymously

Blogging about investing hits on very personal numbers that are sometimes considered taboo to discuss. I went back and forth on whether to be anonymous for this blog before eventually opting to blog as myself.

September 13, 2017. 2 min read. Minimalism, Personal. 13 Comments.

In the investment blogging world, there’s a trend of anonymous blogging. For many people, I can see how this makes complete sense. Women especially have it rough in the blogging world, as they tend to be stalked and harassed much more. For some, blogging anonymously might have impacts on their job, like Our Next Life. Others have their own reasons – based on their past, what they want to write about and what impact they hope to make. Continue Reading…

Why Minafi’s Logo is a Torii

Torii gates are a symbol in Japan for the transition between the human world and spirit world.

September 11, 2017. 2 min read. Meta, Mindfulness. 3 Comments.

Japan has always had a special place for me. In high school, I was a huge anime and video games fan. In college, I watched a bunch of Kurosawa and various other Japanese movies. Mrs. Minafi and I have visited there twice – once for fun and once for our honeymoon. Some of my fondest memories with mom involve us going out for sushi and laughing together. Other areas of Japanese culture I’m still exploring today – like Zen Buddhism. Continue Reading…

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