What Kind of Lifestyle Do You Want?

I came across this blog Go Curry Cracker recently, it’s about a couple sharing their early retirement story. By early retirement, I mean really early, in their 30s. Their story is inspiring, and makes me to rethink about my lifestyle. I guess their lifestyle may not be suitable for everyone, but certainly is much more interesting than most of us.

I took a closer look at how they did it:

1. Maximize your income
– I guess I am not really maximizing it yet. I know that I would’ve found a better paid job in the market now, but the current job’s 20 minutes commute beat them all.
Ways to make additional money: going to evaluate these possibilities.

2. Live well below your means
– The top three categories of expenses are on housing, transportation, and food. Go Curry Cracker couple saved a tons of money by living in a small rental apartment, biking everywhere, and cooking their own meal.
– I checked there’s no small apartment for rent around my workplace. It’s Canada, with 5 month of winter, probably I won’t be able to bike everywhere. Out of these three categories, I guess I am only doing the cooking part.

The rest of the plan is to invest the difference and wait patiently. Not sure if I can ever achieve what they achieved, but hey, it’s always good to have a goal!

2015 Finished Handmade – 3

USB Pocket v2
Remember this USB pocket v1? The fabric didn’t hold up that well, after one year of use, it’s now looking like this:
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I made v2, this time with denim, doubled the capacity, and changed to zipper for more safety. I am loving it!
Sewing_UsbPocketv2

Sewing_UsbPocketv2_interior

Earthy Apron
I have this thing for linen fabric, and made myself an apron using some leftover fabric from a top. I was surprised to find two pieces that have matching colors. Pattern was taken using my existing apron, noting fancy, but a very functional one. This is the original lovely striped linen fabric:
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This is my almost-done apron, the front pocket fabric is also the same as the back of the apron, very earthy color, right?
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Seed Starting

Toronto is slowly warming up, like very slowly….
I started some seeds two weeks ago. Salvia, suppose to be easiest perennial to start from seeds, but so far, I am still waiting. Chamomile, started several pots, they are the tiniest seeds I’ve ever seen, germination rate is not bad at all, but they look so tiny and weak. Finger crossed…
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Blue fescue grass, they are easy and quick to germinate. Hopefully I can enjoy its beautiful color and texture this summer.
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While I was watering my house plants this morning, found a new leaf on my orchid.
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The spiral planter stand in the corner of my dinning room:
Garden_Corner

2015 Finished Handmade – 2

I finally finished this shawl, took me about 2 month. I knit slow, right?
The shawl is relatively easy, no fancy stitches, just knit and purl, and I was amazed by the architecture and texture it can achieve. Now waiting for spring!

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Knitting_BananaLeafShawl2

Pattern: Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (100% Baby Alpaca), 100 grams
Needle: 5.0mm