Category Archives: On happiness

Narcissistic navel-gazing on how to make myself happy and how I’ve succeeded and where I’m struggling.

How to allocate your time while dating

By | June 13, 2017

This is one of those articles that I was rather hesitant to publish. Who the heck am I to give you advice on relationships? The idea is certifiably laughable. But I’m actively working on bucket list item #44 (fall responsibly in love) and I’m a writer and I write about my experience of the world. I’ve been… Read More »

House Sitting: Stay for free while wandering

By | June 1, 2017

Sensible flexibility is key when you’re retired. I’m currently spending a bunch of money on life bucket list item #6 (write a book). Cover designers and editors and such. I’m spending this money freely and happily, of course. You should spend money on your hobbies. But it’s still an unusually excessive amount for me and… Read More »

Depth is where the gold is buried

By | May 25, 2017

Since retiring, I have been living the life I always envisioned myself living. Country, state and city-hopping. Catching up with old friends and making more new friends than I can shake a stick at. Writing daily and reading even more. Sleeping whenever I’m keen (most importantly). It’s all, ya know, good. Better than good. Mostly.… Read More »

My Guatemala Bucket List

By | April 14, 2017

I’ve been neglecting my blog in favor of real life lately. Sorry. I did manage to hang out in Guatemala for ten days and wrote up my Guatemala Bucket List if you care. My Guatemala Bucket List 1. Strengthen one friendship.  This is how you make friends: ask people to do things with you and say… Read More »

The enemy of happiness is entitlement

By | February 14, 2017

Don’t go around thinking the world owes you anything. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. That’s a badly mangled version of a quote often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain that I mutter to myself at least three times a day. Entitlement is the single worst trait in a human being. Expecting a… Read More »

How to get to 10,000 steps

By | February 7, 2017

I bought a fitbit recently. For those of you who don’t know me, that’s kind of a big deal. I don’t really buy things. It’s a watch that encourages you to walk 10,000 steps each day and then celebrates with you when you do it. I love it. I’m in love with it. And no,… Read More »

My Middle East Bucket List

By | January 31, 2017

I recently spent about a month in the Middle East. Not nearly as scary a place as I envisioned. In fact, it was just the opposite. Clean and modern and safe. My Middle East Bucket List 1. Visit two new countries.  I’m making my success explosion noises here pretty loudly. I visited four countries in… Read More »

How to write a book when you’re retired

By | January 24, 2017

I’m trying to cross off Life Bucket List Item #6 (write a book). Cliché, I know. Here’s my process (so far) if you’re thinking of writing one too. 1. Make a book proposal. First, I read some stuff on how to write a book proposal. A book proposal is an enormously helpful way to think about the… Read More »

Surprising Finds About Retirement

By | January 3, 2017

I plunged into my retirement with so many lists mapping out experiments and thoughts; future ablaze with potential different lives. Everything looked fun and I wanted it all and I wanted it RIGHT NOW. Predictably, my greedy paws picked up too many shiny ideas at once and now I don’t have enough time to play with all of them. I overstretched. Overreached. My… Read More »

Thriftygal’s California Bucket List

By | December 20, 2016

I just spent a couple of months in the beautiful state of California. Specifically, the bay area of California. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too initially. Two months in one spot? Holy cow. I CAN DO SO MUCH. You have to expect more of yourself and think big. This is why I… Read More »