Hump Day – August 2nd, 2017

What is hump day? It’s Wednesday. The hump to your work week. 2 days down and 2 days to go. On hump days I will be sharing articles, videos, or other form of entertainment. It will include links to other posts I have liked throughout the week. Some are parenting articles, others are personal finance ones, and occasionally there will be a random funny article. Enjoy!

On this day

Back in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 people including Thomas Jefferson (who drafted it). It was a formal declaration as to why Congress had declared independence on July 2nd.

You may have heard of it. It starts something like:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Freedom, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

So take this Hump Day and pursue your Life, Freedom, and Pursuit of Happiness. Whatever form that may take.

The original Declaration which is now faded.

This weeks featured hump day posts!

Our friendly Happy MD…oh wait I mean Happy Philosopher (though he seems to be a happy MD too) gave a nice interview on Mad Fientist this week. If you are interested in learning about happiness and semi-retirement (or part time work). It’s nice to hear people taking active choices to improve their future.

ESI Money discusses the benefits of frugality. In fact, wealth creation begins with frugality.  I agree with this whole heartedly. A dollar saved is like $4 dollars earned. Well at least $2 if you live a high tax state like California. So if you are serious about becoming financially independent, start with working on ways to cut expenses.

Mini-retirement seems to be a popular topic in the blogosphere. High Income Parents give some thoughts on how to fund a mini-retirement while I have previously discussed how to take retirement breaks. So read both of these and figure out how to take some time off of work.

Finally, the Minimalists discuss the danger of nostalgia in this brief essay. I am one who often thinks of the old days. Growing up in the 1980s in the South. It was a pretty awesome life. Still it is better to take the lessons from the past and look forward instead of reminiscing of how things once were.

In conclusion

So take this first week of August, as the summer fades into yet another year, and pursue those things that make you happy and give you life/freedom. Practice some frugality so that you can build wealth and take a mini-retirement. If that is not possible, think about how you can improve your work-life balance. Make those changes. Make them now and you will reap dividends in the future.

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I am a Dad and Doctor trying to find financial freedom by owning my dollars and debts. Helping dads with their finances so they can focus on the family.

7 thoughts on “Hump Day – August 2nd, 2017

  • August 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I love the notion of a gap year, whether you’re able to keep your job or start something new afterwards (or do like Ms. Montana, who I don’t believe will ever go back to work in the traditional sense).

    Thanks for sharing the posts!

  • August 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I loved ESI’s post about frugality. Also, thanks for sharing the Minimalists’ piece on nostalgia. Somehow, I managed to miss that one, but the message is on point. I too have a tendency of being nostalgic. Happy hump day, Sir.

    • August 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Same her Cody. Same here. I often reminisce. Better to leave it in the past. It was not as great as our memory makes it.

  • August 2, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I have really enjoyed the articles around mini-retirements from High Income Parents and a few others recently (Chris and Keep Thrifty and Montana Money Adventures)! It has been making Mr. AR and I think a bit about whether that could be an option for one of us…

    Thank you for the Hump Day roundup!

    • August 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Yes! Work on planning a gap year. My wife and I did it in 2010 and it helped reset my burn out, career, etc. It was truly life changing.


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