August 26, 2010

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The Myth of Monogamy

Is monogamy a human trait?  With the string of recent infidelities constantly bombarding us in the media in addition to the experiences in our personal lives, I believe this is a question worth asking.  While on a plane, I had the pleasure of reading a book called Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda […]

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July 18, 2010

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Why do we overlook the keys to our happiness?

I once read the the key to happiness lies in three aspects of our lives: health, wealth, and relationships. While some might argue that there more characteristics that contribute to our overall happiness, I tend to believe that this covers most of it.  After all, if you are lacking in any one of these categories, […]

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June 21, 2010

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A dramatic shift in priorities

As I come to the end of my three years here in Hawaii, I realize how much my priorities have shifted from even a few years ago.  Inspired by the such blogs as Early Retirement Extreme, Almost Fearless, and The Art of Nonconformity; the books of Henry David Thoreau (Walden) and Rolf Potts (Vagabonding); and […]

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May 21, 2010

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Incorporating yoga into your rest periods

We all know that as important as it is to work out, it is equally important to give your body the rest it needs.  Constantly pushing your body to the limit without any rest period doesn’t allow your muscles the proper time to rebuild and recover.  Over-training thus leads to injury and performance deterioration rather […]

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May 13, 2010

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How to dial in your diet, save money, and time

1) Only buy natural foods This can easily be accomplished by staying around the perimeter of the grocery store.   All the fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats are located around the perimeter.  There are few food items that you should be purchasing from the middle of the store, which is where all the processed, unhealthy […]

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May 9, 2010

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The back squat, the mother of all lifts and more technical than you think

I’m learning a lot from the Crossfit Barbell Club, which meets three days a week and has a focus on strength conditioning instead of the general fitness conditioning that a regular Crossfit workout trains you for.  Although my cardio will probably suffer a bit, it is a necessary evil in order to maximize my lifts.  […]

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March 30, 2010

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The beauty of simplification

In the book Walden, Henry David Thoreau went into the woods to live by himself and document his experiences there.   First published in 1854, Walden still remains a great piece of American literature which still has application to life today.  Thoreau was the type of person who was able to fully appreciate nature in all […]

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February 8, 2010

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Transitioning away from the idea of traditional retirement

For many people, the idea of retiring is the ultimate goal.  You imagine your days spent like a Corona commercial, on the beach and enjoying the freedom of having nothing to do.  However, I believe the reality of retirement is quite different from the way people imagine it to be.  As anyone who has taken […]

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December 23, 2009

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Save money by renting textbooks

For those of you currently in school or pursuing an advanced degree, you know the pain of having to pay high prices for the purchase of textbooks.  No longer.  Rather than purchasing textbooks, consider renting them.  I am going to start off my next semester by renting the textbook for my class from http://www.chegg.com.  The […]

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November 26, 2009

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Why do people believe that housing is such a great investment?

Since I am a visual kind of person, I have two graphs shown below.  The graph on top shows housing prices from 1890 to Present.  The graph below it shows the Dow Jones Industrial Average from roughly the same time frame (1900 to Present). What is interesting is that the graph of housing reveals that […]

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