Lifestyle Deflation

Wanna date yourself? Start talking about landlines, corded phones and beepers. I had all three and spent a disproportionate amount of income on them back in the day. Every self-respecting busboy needs a beeper! Owners of the German restaurant paid me $2 per hour plus a share of waiter’s tips for a total of $5 per hour on average. A beeper cost $50 so I had to bus tables for 10 hours just to buy it . The service was $10 per month so add another 2 hours of work. Of course what teenager would ever look at this rationally? Continue Reading

Real Estate Moves

One night back in 2009 we were driving on I95 to visit family in New York. As we passed yet another cop sitting in the median I had an idea: what if I could mark a cop’s location on the GPS map and share it, in real-time, with the cars behind us? Imagine how valuable would it be to have this information as you drive? As you approached the police trap your GPS could flash a reminder to check the speed. Smartphones were becoming widespread so how hard would it be to get them all connected? I had no clue how to get that idea off the ground so I filed it under “someday” and forgot about it… A few years later I learned about Waze – an app that had this and other crowdsourcing features built-in. Google bought Waze for almost 1 billion dollars in 2013.  Continue Reading

Pura Vida 2020

Ever since our son was born five years ago I’ve been thinking about The Great Escape. Something changed at the hospital when I held him for the first time. There is a clear line – the Before and the After. Everyone said it would be life changing but I didn’t understand just what that meant, for me. I didn’t think it would be this life changing. Something clicked that made me realize what really matters in life. The job, the career, the house, the material possessions all took on a different meaning. The concept of Enough made its first appearance. Escaping the rat race became The Mission. This year we will pull the trigger on something that will change our comfortable suburban 9-5 life forever. Continue Reading

MINI Cooper DIY – Wiring for a Trailer

In a quest to make my MINI Cooper The Ultimate Hauling Machine I’ve added a tow hitch last fall. Six months later and I’ve only been using it as a bumper protector, leaving the draw bar in with a metal ball protruding out back. It certainly helps to prevent bumper scratches when parallel parked downtown. But that’s not why I added a tow hitch. I wanted to be able to tow a lightweight trailer. To do that I still needed two things – a trailer and a converter kit to make the trailer lights work with the MINI. Continue Reading

Spray Painting Light Fixtures DIY

A lot is happening in the Insourcelife household this spring. Last couple of posts give you an idea of where our hearts and minds are at the moment. We’ll get to the news soon enough but today I wanted to take a break from it all and talk about a simple DIY project that I just completed. It happens to fall into my favorite do-it-yourself project category – easy, quick and possibly free. Continue Reading

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Where Do We Go From Here?

To summarize last post: feeling burnt out at work, no one knows how much time they have left, time is more important than money… At least after you have investments working for you. The only reason these conversations are even possible is because we’re slowly closing in on Financial independence (FI). Two decades of work and (mostly) smart investment decisions are finally paying off. Years of prioritizing savings over spending should soon make having to trade time for money optional. So what’s the plan? Continue Reading

Why

To understand where you’re going you need to understand where you came from. After working 16 years straight in IT I’m starting to feel burnt out. It was fun working at a consulting firm after grad school. Every 6 months brought a new client, a new challenge. I was assigned to projects in Florida and Belize during what would’ve been cold winter months back home, which worked out nicely. There was also a lot to learn as a junior IT consultant. Days were anything but routine. Continue Reading

Adult Conversation

Kids are excellent at monopolizing the time to the point where there’s very little time left to actually think about anything else. Between a full-time job, the commute, the daycare hustle and other daily chores it’s hard to find that uninterrupted moment where you can sit down and really figure things out. When we’re home, our lives revolve around our son – because we love him, obviously, but also because we feel guilty about seeing him only 2 hours during an average weekday. He is in daycare and we are at work. Continue Reading