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Here are all 118 articles written on Minafi, sorted from most recent to oldest.

If you're looking to read about something in particular, I'd recommend checking out the category pages on minimalism, mindfulness, financial independence, goals or look at ones that are personal.


11 Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors

Learning how to invest takes a lot of research. One way to get up to speed fast is to learn from others mistakes. Lucky for you, I've made many! Here are 11 mistakes that I've found to be the most impactful for first-time investors.

March 19, 2018. 7 min read.

Do You Vacation or Travel?

When you hear the word "vacation", what do you think? Is it the same thing as when you hear the word "travel"? These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but for most, they have entirely different connotations. Let's explore the spectrum between these two and see which you prefer.

February 26, 2018. 4 min read.
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My Favorite Books for January 2018

To start this year right, I queued up a bunch of books that I've been looking forward to starting. My favorites so far of the year have been Children of Time, The Year of Less, The Miracle Morning and Cork Dork.

February 12, 2018. 5 min read.

What is Your Growth Story?

If you were to tell the story about how you improved and grew for something you're currently trying to improve, how would that story go? What did you do to help yourself accomplish your goals and overcome all obstacles? That is your growth story, and it can be a tremendously powerful motivation.

February 7, 2018. 3 min read.

February 2018 Goals – Use Everything

For February 2018, I'm focusing on using everything. I will have gone through all possessions, services (online and in the real world), digital files, food and websites I visit and determined which ones I use and which ones I should stop using.

February 2, 2018. 2 min read.

Earning Time

We do a lot of things to earn more time for ourselves. Beyond our jobs, there are many things we can do to earn back time for ourselves today. Earning time goes beyond just earning money.

January 24, 2018. 3 min read.

The Simple Path to Wealth Book Review

After more than a decade investing, I decided to read The Simple Path to Wealth. It's a welcome and refreshing introduction to the topic that even those with experience will get value from. Here's a breakdown of what the book covers and which parts stuck with me.

January 19, 2018. 6 min read.

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.
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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.

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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Seeking Mentors

Some of the times in my life where I've made progress the fastest was when I had mentors. Here are a few of the areas where others guidance has had a huge impact on me.

October 13, 2017. 4 min read.

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.
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Weekend Reading – June 28, 2017

How Finding Substitutes Saves Me Money, Retirement Number Roundup, The Six Stages of Financial Freedom, The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money, Ready Player One, Perennial Seller.

July 29, 2017. 2 min read.

Do You Know What You Own?

Do you keep track of what you own in a list, or in your mind? I've tried both and while interesting for the initial understanding, they never proved useful long-term. How do you track your consumption?

June 27, 2017. 2 min read.

My 2016 Year in Review

Every year, I break down what I did during the previous 365 days. In 2016, my themes were working on Code School, travel, product and exploring my feelings.

January 1, 2017. 9 min read.
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Spending money and time on what's new can harm your mental health and your wallet. Try resetting yourself to avoid novelty.

September 24, 2016. 2 min read.
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Want Streaks

A technique for delayed gratification and giving yourself permission to make purchasing decisions only after you have given them enough thought.

August 21, 2016. 2 min read.
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Blame comes in many forms, and they can all weigh you down emotionally. Learning how to handle blame from others and release blame can lift that weight.

August 15, 2016. 3 min read.
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2011 Year in Review

This was spent exploring and trying new things. We utilized our Disney passes to the fullest, had a whirlwind week in New York and saw some amazing music and acts.

January 1, 2012. 3 min read.
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2010 Year in Review

This year focused around refining my development skills, traveling mostly within the southeast and challenging myself to create more.

January 1, 2011. 3 min read.