Why Career, Sustainability, Minimalism and FI:RE?

May 2020 Drew

There are lots of blogs out there on the world wide t’internet that cover one of these four subjects.  There are also a couple of them in the deepest corners that cover a couple of them together.  And there are none (that I can find) that look at three, never mind all four of these subjects.  So why I am trying to?  Because to some people it may seem a bit nuts. Here’s why…

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My Milburn Moment(s) update

29/04/2020 Drew

In June 2018 I wrote an article on Medium about my “Milburn moment”. Named after Joshua Fields Milburn, one of the Minimalists, who proposed to his boss that he be let go from his high flying career, my moment was where I took a similar plunge and proposed my boss should “right-size” my job. It didn’t quite work out as planned, so I followed that with a second moment, and committed myself to not be working for the business by Christmas 2018. I even made sure my boss knew the plan. 7 months from that discussion I told him I would not work there, my choice or his, I was going.

That was almost two years ago, and an update is long overdue on how that commitment turned out…..

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My 2018 Milburn Moment

After a bumpy start, in my late 20’s I decided it was time to get a career and move on in the world. Time to start adulting. You know, work harder, take on more responsibility, earn more money, and probably wear a suit more. Buy grown-up things. And despite not really knowing what I was doing it turned out I was pretty good at this career thing. Things went stellar in fact. By 38 I was a director of a multi-billion-pound international business. I earned a great salary, had a big house with several acres of land, a couple of cars, all the gear for several expensive hobbies, and shiny toys for the garden like chainsaws and ride-on lawnmowers.

The downside of all that was that in reality I was miserable as fucking sin.

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Introduction to Minimalism

19/04/2020 Drew Ed

Ryan and Josh, the minimalists.
The OG Minimalists – see their awsome site right here!

For 50 years the western world, and now most of the planet who followed its lead has been driven by a model of consumption, ownership, and replacement of “things”.  And in that same half-century, there has been a significant increase in dissatisfaction with life, a loss of sense of self, and a decrease in the quality of mental health.  We all desire things we don’t need, bought with money we don’t have but try to get by doing jobs we don’t like or borrowing.  While we are chasing the holy dollar (or whatever currency you have) we have lost connection to people, places, and what really matters. Forgotten what makes us happy.

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