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2015 Goals and Best Things from 2014

I’m writing this from a hotel room in San Francisco the night before leaving for Asia.

2014 was a pretty great year.

My online business started to really take off this year and make some real money. I even got to the point where I could actually start paying myself! (Novel concept, I know!)

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There’s no turning back…

Right now I’m getting ready to say good bye to Portland, Oregon.

I’ve lived here for the past four years.

But it’s time to move on and see the world.

Tonight my wife and I will be off to Arizona to spend the holidays with her family. Then we’ll be off to start 2015 in Asia.

First stop, Bangkok.

The past few weeks have been hectic. Packing things up. Moving our stuff out of our apartment and into a storage unit. Getting a PO Box. Setting my online business to run without me for a few weeks, etc.

My friend Robert is also leaving on a big trip soon as well, and he recently wrote about some basics of handling finances while he’s gone. It’s pretty much what I plan to do myself.

I’m getting excited, maybe a little bit scared, but most of all, I’m grateful.

These intense feelings are a sign that I’m truly living life, not just letting it pass me by, and I’m grateful for that.

Masochism Month: This Is What Happened When I Gave Up Coffee, Alcohol, Sugar, Grains, and Starches for a Month

In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Thailand.

I don’t plan on restricting myself from enjoying a great cultural experience (like eating delicious foods and drinking Mansome).

However, I’ve also been reading a lot that suggests that our lives would dramatically improve if we cut out coffee, alcohol, sugar, grains, and starches for a month–primarily Jonathan Bailor’s book The Calorie Myth.

My wife and I have actually been loosely following the book for nearly a year (with a “cheat day” once a week or so), but I wanted to know what would happen if I strictly followed what I’d been reading for a month.

No “cheats.” No tastes. No samples. No loopholes.

So, I decided to try this now before I left on our trip just to see what would happen to me.

Plus, I decided to also go to the gym every day for a month. Even though Jonathan Bailor actually recommends working out no more than one or two times a week, it is something that I enjoy (strange enough).

This is what happened…

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How to Save Money for Traveling

If there’s one superpower I have, it is saving money.

(I know, it is probably the lamest superpower anyone could have…)

My wife and I are gearing up for a long trip to Asia in the beginning of 2015.

We currently make more than enough to do pretty well in places like Thailand through our work online.

However, it makes me feel more at ease to have a big stash of cash saved up in case something goes sideways.

It’s my hope that we never have to use this money.

But it make me feel more relaxed to know it’s there.

Right now, it’s looking like we’ll end up with somewhere around $20,000 saved up by the time we leave.

The interesting thing is that a year ago, I had virtually no savings at all.

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I got some tickets to Thailand.

My wife and I are leaving on New Years Eve from SFO.

I also find it personally rewarding that the tickets were completely free thanks to reward points.

This should be fun.

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