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 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 »

On Grit: It’s not about being smart

By | December 16, 2016

I found another book to recommend to you guys. Grit by Angela Duckworth. It’s thoroughly researched, thoughtfully written, with enough human interest examples to keep the data from being dull and, most importantly of all, I have never felt so motivated in my entire life. Now I’m convinced that the only thing that stands between anyone… Read More »

The News Illusion

By | November 23, 2016

In real life, I’m a news junkie. Politics and current events and international happenings fascinate me. I like the idea that I’m informed about the world and can talk intelligently about whatever you bring up. At least I used to. Operation Finally Write Your Stupid Book and Cross Off that Bucket List Item In August, a publisher knocked and encouraged… Read More »

Let’s all start biking everywhere

By | October 7, 2016

Here’s my best attempt to persuade you that biking is your purpose in life. Or at least the best way to get around a bunch of places. Biking saves money!  Biking is pretty much free after you fork over the initial outlay of money. My commute to work in Chicago using the L cost me $80/month for an unlimited… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Anchorage Bucket List

By | October 4, 2016

I’m retired and I travel and I make stupid lists. That’s kind of my thing. Nearly every trip gets a Bucket List and I thought I’d share with you my Anchorage Bucket List to give you some ideas on (1) what you can do in Anchorage and (2) what life is like when you’re retired… Read More »

Finding a mate is a logic game

By | September 22, 2016

A friend of mine — his name is Dan and he is not imaginary — explained to me his theory on finding a mate recently. He approached it as a logic game more than luck. Everyone, including yourself, carries a number from 1 to 100. The goal of the game is to get together with the highest number possible. There… Read More »

On empathy

By | August 30, 2016

A list I’ve been cultivating recently is my list of reasons why I think empathy is a good thing. I know; you wouldn’t think I’d need a list for this, but it’s one of my personal duh realizations I have to keep relearning. I’m the center of my own universe and the protagonist in my story. The space… Read More »