Lessons from 10,000 push-ups

How have you decided to spend your time during the COVID crisis? Coronavirus has resulted in my gym closing its doors and all of us having more time on our hands to do stuff. I am weird, I chose push-ups. I am not a fitness kind of guy, even though pre-pandemic I successfully dabbled with…

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 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 my 40th in Vegas

Chances are that you have been to Vegas or that you want to go. Or that you have been and you want to go again. I was lucky enough (get it, “lucky”?) to head across to the fabulous gambling capital of the world for my 40th birthday with my lovely and understanding wife. She even…

Lessons from building our forever home

You should build a house. I can personally recommend the experience. Wow, it is a journey. An unpredictable roller coaster full of lessons both positive and negative. It is an adventure, a stress, a passion, a test, an accomplishment and eventually your own customised and intimately designed part of Australia. Before we get into my…

Lessons from a Texas Mom

I connected with Texan author Ann Bell Worley via an online blogging community and I was flattered that she agreed to write a guest post for Downunder Dad. Turns out we have a lot in common and are both parenting a son with special needs. I promised I would write an article for her lovely…

Lessons from a whole month without alcohol

I went dry this July for Dry July. Along with 43,017 other well-intentioned heroes. Two factors were key in deciding to go without the booze for 31 days. Firstly, I was into my second day of an epic red wine hangover. And secondly, we had a sincerely close friend battling cancer. “Sure,” I thought, “it’s…