Lessons from the Financial Independence (FI) community

What is our most precious resource? What would you go without in order to retire early? What things in life do you value above all else? What would you spend your time doing if you did not need to work? FIRE is a hot acronym right now. It stands for Financial Independence Retire Early, and…

Lessons from my first month of drinking coffee

Do you drink coffee? Do you love coffee? Do you drink too much coffee? Do you spend too much on coffee? Do you just want more coffee? Do you want to marry coffee? After happily surviving five years of university, five years of hosting overnight sports talk back radio, nine years of parenting and ten…

Lessons from two weeks of matched betting

Do you like a punt? Imagine you could “gamble” on a guaranteed winner? Well with the process of matched betting, you actually can… with a bit of mucking around, organisation and attention to details. I dived into matched betting with enthusiasm and curiosity. I came out tired and drained. What does it look like when…

Lessons from one week with my daughter

Have you ever referred to spending time with your own kids as “babysitting”? Well my wife hates it when I do that, understandably so. I am working on it, trying hard but I did trip up recently. As the 2019 working year came to a conclusion and Christmas was approaching, I was casually asked what…

Lessons from buying shares inside my Super

Have you ever considered buying shares? Did you know that you (most likely) have plenty of money to do so? “Playing” the stock market with your Super funds is rad fun. It is simple to setup and it is a life experience completely riddled with lessons about money, risk, strategy, maths, business, psychology and recognising…

Lessons from parenting my son with Autism

It is the end of a decade. A period of time that saw me become a father. It has been a ten-year span that has taught me many lessons. I have learned many things about myself, my nutrition, my money, my family, my priorities and my body. But it all pales in comparison to the…

Lessons from five years of making chilli jam

You probably have a go-to recipe, something that you can create from scratch that blows peoples’ minds. Or at the very least something you have cooked up more than once and not completely stuffed and butchered. There’s a dish or specialty out there that you know others enjoy consuming. Well mine is (oddly enough) chilli jam.

Lessons from volunteering on McHappy Day

Have you ever bought yourself a Big Mac, you know… for the kids? It is a naughty sometimes-food indulgence that is easy to justify once a year during November on one particular date. McHappy Day is an important icon on the fundraising calendar of Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC), it drives a super-sized amount of…