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by Western Red Cedar
Fri Dec 02, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Western Red Cedar's Journal
Replies: 413
Views: 70598

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: 205549

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: 122
Views: 31146

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: 889
Views: 215267

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: 247926

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: 35
Views: 2826

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: 15
Views: 1119

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: 32607

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: 122
Views: 31146

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: 69501

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: 410

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: 202
Views: 38025

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: 487

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.
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: WL 5 > 6 MMMG
Replies: 35
Views: 2826

Re: WL 5 > 6 MMMG

A couple of relevant journals off the top of my head that talk a lot about the WL 5-6 transition:

2birds1Stone: viewtopic.php?t=7586

Jin&Guice: viewtopic.php?t=10072
by Western Red Cedar
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE
Replies: 119
Views: 6912

Re: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE

I don't think it's a false narrative as much as it's an incomplete narrative. It's a complex situation with several contributing factors. The "duplicate written space" on MMGs is one. The loss of politics is another factor. The air going out of the "everything bubble" is a third...
by Western Red Cedar
Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE
Replies: 119
Views: 6912

Re: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE

Maybe the forum format is becoming old for a new generation of potential early retirees. They've actually been having this discussion on the MMM forums recently. IIRC, the general consensus was that there are a lot more options to discuss these topics, forums are less attractive to younger generati...
by Western Red Cedar
Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE
Replies: 119
Views: 6912

Re: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE

Fair enough. If people are addressing it.... then they see it as a problem, not a false narrative, right? Am I misunderstanding? Avoiding darknetting ERE is the purpose of this thread, right? Good clarifying questions.I think we saw it as a potential problem when the MM groups started emerging. I s...
by Western Red Cedar
Sat Nov 26, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE
Replies: 119
Views: 6912

Re: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE

I follow the forums through RSS and the previously waning activity level has gone up significantly after the MMG issue was addressed explicitly. I've definitely noticed that too. There is certainly an opportunity to reinvigorate or broaden discussions, as seen on the Ecology MM observation thread -...
by Western Red Cedar
Sat Nov 26, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: Mastermind Groups
Topic: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE
Replies: 119
Views: 6912

Re: Let's talk about how to avoid darknetting ERE

It is much easier for someone who wants to create a new movement to poach from an existing movement than to build a new one organically from scratch. It is a technique as old as religion. MMGs created the perfect opportunity. I don't believe anyone did anything with the intent to cause harm. It jus...
by Western Red Cedar
Sat Nov 26, 2022 3:03 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Minimizing lifetime cost of food
Replies: 15
Views: 1119

Re: Minimizing lifetime cost of food

For some inspiration on extreme approaches to minimizing food costs, you should check out Rob Greenfield and Mark Boyle. Greenfield has a pretty large YouTube presence and provides different options for acquiring high-quality food based on different living circumstances. https://www.robgreenfield.or...