Tuesday, 1 October 2019

October Daily Posting Challenge

The October Challenge
Photo by Igor Rodrigues on Unsplash
I really like this picture. Take a good long look at it.

If you're listening to this using the Pocket app, I'll describe what you're seeing.

There are two women army crawling through mud water, underneath pretend barbed wire (they're using string to be safe). Their faces are about 3 to 4 inches from submerging and the ground looks very uneven, causing them to dunk said faces into the crap-fluid every now and then judging by their wet hair and disgruntled faces.

Blogging from the comfort of my own desk with my ass in a comfy chair in my heated home with a cold cup of filtered water  and - well, you get the picture. I live a wonderful life of abundance and luxury here in Kitchener, Ontario so what could blogging possibly have to do with this picture?

The truth is, a lot. When I see this picture, the pretend barbed wires are the haters who think I live in austerity and my family members teasing me for my frugal choices. The shit-water is my own inner-saboteur, the Evil Ryan who believes my blog won't amount to anything and my choices are putting undue hardship on my happiness and my families well-being.

Here's the thing - I don't live my life crawling through ass-water. It's not even a daily or weekly task so Evil-Unproductive-Lethargic Ryan is seldom around. It's only when I get in my own head or somebody looks at me a certain way do I get on my hands and knees and start crawling. Why do I do this to myself? What is the purpose?

The rollercoaster of human emotion is a steady constant for everybody alive and especially YOU READING THIS BLOG. I haven't written this post to whine about my life nor have I launched a blog to hopefully make it big and earn lots of money off the ads I don't even show yet. The goal is to organise my own thoughts and think through my decisions using real numbers.

When Mr. Money Mustache (my hero) launched his blog, he experienced something he didn't anticipate. He began holding himself to a higher standard, was even more careful with money (which is saying something) and saw massive self-improvement. I experienced something similar when I took a much closer look at my finances after the birth of my daughter - realising I didn't have the time needed to stay at home and raise her because I was being sloppy with spending.

So Canadian FIRE blog is on a purpose of self-improvement. Hopefully regular readers and listeners of Explore FI Canada Podcast can pick up tips on my strategic spending and in turn impart me with your wisdom on subjects I have never delved into.

As such, I will begin posting everyday this October and re-evaluate come November. Let's see what I can put down on "paper" and hopefully we can all navigate the FI Vortex together.

Speaking of which, tomorrow's post will be about this vortex of information we all FI/RE.

Ryan Myricks
Email me here: canadianfire1@gmail.com
Listen to me here: Explore FI Canada Podcast

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