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by Western Red Cedar
Tue Dec 06, 2022 3:58 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Alcohol moderation
Replies: 126
Views: 32185

Re: Alcohol moderation

Chiming in to wish everyone luck on this challenge! I stopped drinking alcohol a little over 3 years ago. I got a lot of support on this thread I made about the pros and cons of quitting alcohol, which others might find interesting as well: https://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/viewtopic.php?t=9...
by Western Red Cedar
Tue Dec 06, 2022 3:35 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Western Red Cedar's Journal
Replies: 416
Views: 71360

Re: Western Red Cedar's Journal

Cutting the Cord: I had a long talk with DW last night about future plans, our respective work obligations/priorities, and moving into a new phase of life. I think March is the earliest, realistic date for my resignation. That could be extended later into the spring or summer of 2023. Yesterday I s...
by Western Red Cedar
Tue Dec 06, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Movement
Replies: 58
Views: 8183

Re: Movement

Giving this thread a bump and posting the response from @Slevin (formerly Blackjack?) in mountainfrugals journal: You’re on the mark here. Massage, heat, needling / acupuncture, and using tennis balls or lacrosse balls to do myofascial release / trigger point massage all are going to work to tempora...
by Western Red Cedar
Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: Examples of ERE2 Lifestyles (or rather, holons?)
Replies: 46
Views: 4181

Re: Examples of ERE2 Lifestyles (or rather, holons?)

I suspect there may be some overlap with this thread about nonconsumers/HOWLIES - https://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/viewtopic.php?p=247071#p247071 I may be missing the mark a bit on ERE2, but Initially two of the ERE2 lifestyles/individuals I thought of were John Muir and Doug Tompkins. I tho...
by Western Red Cedar
Mon Dec 05, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: What is ERE2?
Replies: 17
Views: 1107

Re: What is ERE2?

What remains is to see a) what ERE1 individuals can do when they play together; and b) what may appear in the environment when that happens. Does ERE2 need to be limited to when "ERE1" or "Highly Optimized Wheaton Level Individuals" (HOWLI) play together? This seems like a poor ...
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Western Red Cedar's Journal
Replies: 416
Views: 71360

Re: Western Red Cedar's Journal

@AH - thank you for the thoughts. I don't necessarily want to get to a "high" but would prefer to leave my affairs in good order. I'm pretty close with my management team and some of my other colleagues. I've been with the same organization for eight years. I'd like to make a graceful exit...
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Frugal chicos journal - ERE in The Basque Country
Replies: 672
Views: 139173

Re: Frugal chicos journal - ERE in The Basque Country

Congrats on the success with the guitar. It is one of those hobbies that you could spend a lifetime on and still find challenges and inspiration. I've been playing for 20 years but have never owned an electric guitar. I meant to write this for a while, but are the Frugalchicos still frugal?? umm, I ...
by Western Red Cedar
Fri Dec 02, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Western Red Cedar's Journal
Replies: 416
Views: 71360

Re: Western Red Cedar's Journal

December Update: Financial - NW 453,702 (Increase of 24,992) Almost back to where we started at the beginning of the year. It feels nice to be hovering around this figure, because even after subtracting my pension contributions from the NW I am confident we could live pretty comfortably on a 4-5% S...
by Western Red Cedar
Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Education of Axel Heyst
Replies: 1529
Views: 206481

Re: The Education of Axel Heyst

Your digital art is really impressive. We've moved away from physical gifts, but DW made some personalized bookmarks last year with watercolors that were really well received. She also did a watercolor of an old family photo for my parents. If you have access to a physical printer, something as simp...
by Western Red Cedar
Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:26 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Alcohol moderation
Replies: 126
Views: 32185

Re: Alcohol moderation

Best of luck with the refined sugar challenge. That is quite ambitious during the holiday season.

@SouthernAlchemy - glad to have you on board. Strength in numbers.
by Western Red Cedar
Thu Dec 01, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 891
Views: 216155

Re: the animal's journal

Great update and exciting trip. I haven't spent any time in the SW backcountry, but it has been high on my list for a long time. We then planned on spending ~5 days hiking around Zion, but after driving through the park we vowed not to return and carry on. The place was beyond crowded, and ironicall...
by Western Red Cedar
Wed Nov 30, 2022 3:06 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Semi-ERE Year 4 - Wanderlust Prevails
Replies: 1093
Views: 248329

Re: Semi-ERE Year 4 - Wanderlust Prevails

There's a lot of cool shit on the horizon, much of it uncharted territory for us. Looking forward to sharing a lot more than just the financial stuff here. It's time to get back to basics in a whole new way. I'm excited to hear about the next phase. I reread your entire journal earlier this month a...
by Western Red Cedar
Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: WL 5 > 6 MMMG
Replies: 53
Views: 3819

Re: WL 5 > 6 MMMG

This discussion is very interesting to me because it makes me realize that one of the reasons why I am stuck at a lower WL -- I am currently (maybe) a 4 at most? -- is that deep down, 5 appears to require optimization in quantitative terms, and optimization in quantitative terms is BORING and UNENG...
by Western Red Cedar
Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Minimizing lifetime cost of food
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: Minimizing lifetime cost of food

This is a great point @horsewoman! Experimenting with fasting is an excellent way to limit food costs and while providing other benefits (simplicity, health, mental clarity, discipline, etc.). I've been utilizing intermittent fasting for a couple years now, but would like to incorporate longer fasts...
by Western Red Cedar
Tue Nov 29, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: More on Microbiome
Replies: 91
Views: 32978

Re: More on Microbiome

I'd be interested in a typical weekly list of your 30-40 different plant-based foods to get more ideas for meals. I know I'm way far from that number... I'll post my response here as the reason I started targeting this number was to support a healthy microbiome. I learned about this from a Rich Rol...
by Western Red Cedar
Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Alcohol moderation
Replies: 126
Views: 32185

Re: Alcohol moderation

I'm planning on abstaining from alcohol until New Years Eve. Possibly a bit longer depending on how I feel. Anyone interested in joining? Feel free to participate even if you want to try it for a couple weeks or set your own deadline.
by Western Red Cedar
Mon Nov 28, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: guitar player's journal
Replies: 254
Views: 70073

Re: guitar player's journal

One other exercise I practice now that I live in a city is treating the city as my house. public libraries become my alternative 'study rooms', galleries are free to access, shops are my pantries, office space is my 'office', parks are my grounds, there are some gardens around that I am eyeing mayb...
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Nov 27, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Improving Cooking Skill
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Improving Cooking Skill

One of the most important lessons I learned in my early twenties was to go back to the basics and simplify my meals. Knowing how to pair a few simple ingredients is a really important foundation for making more complex dishes later on. DW helped me realize that I could make some pretty tasty dishes ...
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal
Replies: 211
Views: 38637

Re: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal

Here is one of my favorite nutritarian recipes, a traditional pea soup with the addition of a large amount of pureed greens, a pureed leek, a half pound of chopped mushroom and two cans of kidney beans. I eat it with triscuit crackers to give it some crunch and chewy texture. Vegetable-bean Soup Si...
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Bicycle7's Journal
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Bicycle7's Journal

Hey B7 - glad you finally decided to start a journal. I'm looking forward to following along and interested in hearing more about the permaculture setup and your social network.