Author: snowybearzzz

My Age 30 Sabbatical Fantasy – Will I do it?

I’ve been working full time ever since I graduated. It’s been close to 5 years and I want a break from the generally uninspiring routine.  I’ve worked in 4 organisations so far… and am dreaming of quitting soon.. for not another organisation, but a sabbatical this time. It is my fantasy to take a sabbatical (most likely voluntary unemployment) from full-time work at age 30 and experience early retirement life for myself. The time off from full time work is ideally at least 6 months to a year. Why age 30? No real reason except that it sounds like a...

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First-Quarter Update of 2018

Been busy enjoying life so this update comes late. Let’s see how aligned my life has been this year… Priority No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health  – Meditate at least 3x a week Going great. – Think about death once a week Not so great. Still thinking about death on an ad-hoc basis. Need to really set aside “thinking of death” time, as morbid as it sounds.  Priority No. 2: Physical Health – Get at least 7 hours of sleep per day Going great. – Low-carb lunches on weekdays Going great. – Drink a glass of water every morning...

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2018 Priorities and Goals

Priority No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health – Meditate at least 3x a week – Think about death once a week  Priority No. 2: Physical Health – Get at least 7 hours of sleep per day – Low-carb lunches on weekdays – Drink a glass of water every morning – Train at least 3x a week – Practise yoga at least 2x a week Priority No. 3: Relationships – Spend as much quality time with loved ones  Priority No. 4: Finances – Increase liquid assets by at least $60k by year-end – Invest at least $30k by year-end...

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Review of 2017

As per subject title… Priorities Systems / Goals Evaluation No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health Meditate daily Meditated about 2-3 times a week on average this year. Happy about this. Practise yoga daily Practised yoga about 3 times per week for the first 3 quarters of this year. Frequency decreased to about 1-2 times per week in the last quarter due to increased training commitment. Find meaning in life Still thinking about this. Finding meaning in life is an ongoing process, I believe. My thinking now is that life is inherently meaningless, but we can surely add meaning to...

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Third Quarter Update for 2017

Update No. 3 for 2017… my progress so far… Priorities Systems / Goals Evaluation No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health Meditate daily Meditating only about 1-2 times a week. Looking forward to up the frequency to about 2-3 times a week going forward. Started a daily intentions written journal but only managed to follow through for about a week. Hope to get back on track.   Practise yoga daily Practising yoga about 3 times a week. Lesser than before because I picked up a new sport which has robbed some time from my yoga practice. Overall, I’m pretty happy...

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Mid-year 2017 Update

How time waits for no man… my progress so far… Priorities Systems / Goals Evaluation No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health Meditate daily ✔ I meditate about 2-3 times per week. Really enjoying this. But I think, going forward, I should make this a daily practice and should also try to set intentions for my meditation practice. Also thinking of starting a daily journalling habit. One step at a time… of course.   Practise yoga daily ✔ I practise yoga about 3-4 times per week. Been mixing in more intense sessions – at least one intense session per week....

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Feb 2017 Update

Update No. 1 on 2017 Priorities, Systems and Goals My progress so far… Priorities Systems / Goals Evaluation No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health Meditate daily I meditate about 2-3 times per week. Pretty happy with this but will be great to increase weekly frequency to 3-4 times.  Practise yoga daily I practise yoga about 3-4 times per week. Pretty happy with this, but hope to increase the intensity of my sessions (e.g. deeper stretches, more power movements) Find meaning in life ✘ (Still have no clue…) No. 2: Physical Health Get enough sleep (at least 7 hours a...

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Priorities, Systems and Goals for 201

Priority No. 1: Mental and spiritual health: – meditate daily – practise yoga daily – read up and practise stoicism Priority No. 2: Physical health: – get enough sleep (at least 7 hours a day) – eat as much healthy food as I want – be active everyday – go for a suitable full-body health screening (any recommendations?) Priority No. 3: Relationships with loved ones – prioritise spending time and energy with loved ones above everything else except Priorities No. 1 and 2 Priority No. 4: Career – stay employed for most parts of the year – find a...

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A Review of 2016

2016 was a decent year comprising the following achievements: – developed a daily yoga and meditation practice (my most prized achievement this year!) – started practising stoicism and mindfulness (still a work in progress) – converted from a “goals-approach” to a “systems-approach” to keeping fit and healthy (thus enabling me to exercise more and develop a healthier diet in an enjoyable and therefore, sustainable, manner) – spent a lot of quality time with loved ones – saved S$50,000 in liquid cash – read up about insurance and upgraded my integrated shield plan – overcame analysis paralysis and started investing...

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Hello!

Hello everyone! I’m sbzzz, another blogger lumbering into Singapore’s personal finance (PF) scene… I’ve been a long-time lurker of Singapore’s PF scene and after much mulling, I’ve decided to start journalling my ERE (early retirement extreme) journey. I’m hoping that journalling will help to keep me level-headed in my ERE journey and also give me the opportunity to connect with like-minded people. A little bit about how I started my ERE journey and my progress thus far: – started working proper after graduation – within the first month, concluded that working was modern-day serfdom – googled for an out and...

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