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by Matty
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Motivation at work
Replies: 25
Views: 7776

Re: Motivation at work

Thanks for the tips everyone. Interesting that there are some fundamentally different views regarding work here. I think it comes down to differences in personality. For example, I enjoy gardening, but I like to do it at my own pace. Some days I’ll be happy to be out there for 12 hours straight, I’l...
by Matty
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Motivation at work
Replies: 25
Views: 7776

Motivation at work

I’d be interested to hear about other people’s experiences struggling with motivation in the workplace. In particular any practical tips that are applicable to someone of the ERE mindset. I am making the commitment to spend a portion of my time working for the next few years and would like to make t...
by Matty
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 503
Views: 119075

Re: the animal's journal

I can appreciate wanting everything now. A lot of my friends from uni are either unemployed, volunteering, travelling or working part-time (I studied environmental science…). Instead of feeling the pressure to work and consume from my peers I have the pressure to quit and YOLO (consume experiences)!...
by Matty
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 503
Views: 119075

Re: the animal's journal

Hi animal, I’ve enjoyed reading your journal and think that we are quite similar in a lot of ways. I share your passion for adventure and am always dreaming about the next trip that I’d like to do. NOLS, wilderness therapy, bike touring, building a cabin in Alaska all sound great! I’m currently 24 a...
by Matty
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 13100

Re: Matty's Journal

Hello all. So I have plenty of updates and thoughts. I expect this entry to be quite long so feel free to skim. This journal is mainly for myself to summarise some of my thoughts. Work Work has been a mental struggle for the majority of this year. I started off the year with a few months left of my ...
by Matty
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Stealth camper
Replies: 25
Views: 10821

Re: Stealth camper

@ theanimal - That sounds good! Not stealthy, but I especially like the sunroof access and now I'm having all these great ideas on how to rig up that kind of setup on other cars with a sunroof. I think I found what you are talking about here: http://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/camper_main.htm Over $50...
by Matty
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Stealth camper
Replies: 25
Views: 10821

Re: Stealth camper

@ susswein - I especially like the septic one! Disgusting, yet a bit more believable than an alligator farm! You'd just want to remember to take the sign down when camping in a national park. You'd get some funny looks walking out of that van in the morning... I've had experience with various camper...
by Matty
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Stealth camper
Replies: 25
Views: 10821

Stealth camper

http://tinyhousetalk.com/ford-transit-stealth-camper/ Very minimalist camper which makes it look like it might not be a camper even from the inside. Seems like it was designed around fitting a motorbike in the back but the open space could be used for a variety of things. I especially like the ramp/...
by Matty
Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:16 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Life on the road
Replies: 0
Views: 1246

Life on the road

A friend at work had his final day at the office today. He has quit to live a life on the road with his wife. His wife is a musician and plans to make money busking and playing gigs along the way while he plans to sell some of his photography. They recently took 6 months off as a trial period to see...
by Matty
Sat May 17, 2014 4:32 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 13100

Re: Matty's Journal

Hi guys, @BattlaP - Thanks for the comment. It's good to hear that things can change. It's something I'd like to work on as I feel that I use my "need for downtime" as an excuse to avoid things that are hard/uncomfortable. Another burst of motivation for a journal update. This year has been a diffic...
by Matty
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:40 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Find the thing you're most passionate about
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

Find the thing you're most passionate about

then do it on nights and weekends for the rest of your life The non-ERE way to enjoy your hobbies: http://www.theonion.com/articles/find-the-thing-youre-most-passionate-about-then-do,31742/ My biggest struggle so far has been trying to keep up with my hobbies while pursuing FI. It's so important to ...
by Matty
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: An Idiot Abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 2854

Re: An Idiot Abroad

It's actually a really good show! Exactly how I feel when doing any kind of touristy stuff.
by Matty
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:11 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Do what you love
Replies: 2
Views: 825

Do what you love

http://www.raptitude.com/2014/01/6-should-be-common-sense-realities-about-doing-what-you-love-for-a-living/ An interesting article on Raptitude today as a counter argument to the anti-do what you love crowd represented in this article: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/in-the-name-of-love/ What do ...
by Matty
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:54 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 13100

Re: Matty's Journal

Wow 6 months have flown by! I have been keeping track of the forums via RSS but I have failed to really participate - INTP tendencies at work perhaps? Anyway I felt like providing an update and feel like getting a bit more involved as of late. Some basic numbers and thoughts: I bumped my savings fro...
by Matty
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Australian spending habits
Replies: 4
Views: 1470

Australian spending habits

An interesting and colourful look into the average spending habits of Australians (link below). From what I've gathered housing and food costs are pretty high throughout the country compared to the US. I earn 45k net (not including student loan repayments and compulsory 9% super) so $865 per week wh...
by Matty
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Share Your Life Hacks!
Replies: 68
Views: 17510

Re: Share Your Life Hacks!

I stopped washing my hair. It seemed like a pointless process to continually wash out my natural hair oils and then have to apply various petroleum based oils (hair products) to keep my hair from being frizzy and generally dry. I stopped washing and now the oil from my head provides all the hair pro...
by Matty
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Matty's Journal
Replies: 39
Views: 13100

Matty's Journal

Hi guys, I recently introduced myself in another post so check that out if you want a bit of background on where I’m from. A journal seems like a good idea to get my thoughts out on “paper” and also to open my financials up for discussion. This isn’t a conversation I can have in much detail anywhere...
by Matty
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:04 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Adelaide
Replies: 1
Views: 987

Hello from Adelaide

Hi guys I discovered ERE about 5 months ago in my search for an alternative to the life set out before me. And what a find it was, I've always planned to save a significant amount of my income but the ERE model has given me much more clarity and structure to my goals. I've been lurking for awhile an...