A much younger J.D. expostulating on money and meaning

Per week exploring cash and that means!


Howdy, associates! This summer time, there can be one other chautauqua on monetary independence in Ecuador. You must contemplate attending. These Ecuador chautauquas — that are unrelated to the European chautauquas — are at all times a enjoyable, instructional, and bonding expertise.

Clarification: In some unspecified time in the future, chautauqua founders Cheryl Reed and JL Collins parted methods. Now JL runs the European chautauquas — that are on hiatus — with Katie and Alan Donegan. Cheryl continues to run the unrelated Ecuador gatherings. Each occasions are glorious.

I usually converse concerning the intersection of cash and that means once I attend.

How are you going to discover objective in your life — with or without cash? How a lot cash is sufficient? What do you have to do after you’ve got achieved monetary independence? These are the kinds of questions I’ve explored at previous chautauqua occasions. I count on these are the identical questions being explored in July.

Audio system this 12 months embrace:

  • Tanja Hester from Our Subsequent Life. Tanja Hester is an outspoken voice within the personal-finance neighborhood, working laborious to problem assumptions and to advertise monetary freedom for all. She’s the writer of the wonderful Work Non-compulsory and the award-winning Pockets Activism. (Tanja can be a fellow office-supply nerd. Severely, our chat historical past is crammed with geeky discussions of favourite pens and notebooks.)
  • Piggy and Kitty (a.ok.a. Jess and Lauren) from Bitches Get Riches. Lengthy-time readers know that BGR is one in all my favourite cash blogs. I like how Jess and Lauren mix biting humor with deep dives into personal-finance matters. Not a simple activity. And the Bitches are simply as humorous in particular person as they’re on the net. (I flip to Piggy and Kitty once I need assistance with trendy popular culture. “What does S-tier imply?” “How do I make a Taylor Swift animated GIF?”)
  • Jessica and Corey from The Fioneers. Whereas I’ve met Jessica and Corey, I’ve by no means actually had an opportunity to get to know them. I am keen to alter that in Ecuador. I discover their writing thought-about and considerate. I am notably keen on their idea of Sluggish FI, the notion that you should utilize “the incremental monetary freedom [you] achieve alongside the journey to monetary independence to reside happier and more healthy lives, do higher work, and construct sturdy relationships”. This meshes nicely with my very own imaginative and prescient of the levels of economic freedom. (Final Halloween, Jessica and Corey printed an interview with me: Cash does not magically repair our issues.)

And, in fact, we’ll take pleasure in a presentation from our host, Cheryl Reed. Cheryl based these cash chautauquas with JL Collins in 2013 and he or she’s hosted ten of them up to now. She likes to debate happiness and pleasure and easy methods to develop it in your life.

In case you’re concerned about attending this chautauqua, you could find extra data on the official web site. Observe that there are two gatherings in Ecuador this 12 months. If it does not work to affix this one, maybe you may attend the second occasion.

JL and Val engaged in crazy rich person talk

Every chautauqua is totally different, in fact, however the 4 earlier retreats I’ve attended all had similarities:

  • Attendees collect at a resort for every week of dialog and camaraderie. These are smallish amenities that permit us to spend time along with few different friends. We eat and drink collectively. We stroll collectively. We play video games collectively. We discuss cash collectively. Now we have enjoyable!
  • Every day, one (or extra) of the presenters provides a discuss a topic expensive to her coronary heart. (I discuss cash and that means, for example.) These are l-o-n-g displays however they’re enjoyable, interactive, and informative.
  • Every attendee meets one-on-one with a presenter. What you do with that point is as much as you. I’ve had individuals convey detailed spreadsheets and questions on retirement. I’ve had individuals chat with me about journey. I’ve had individuals ask for relationship recommendation (no joke!). Usually talking, it is an opportunity so that you can choose an individual’s mind about some kind of matter associated to their space of experience.
  • There are numerous (elective) off-site journeys to go to the native space. In Portugal, we visited a vineyard. In Ecuador, we have visited thriving markets, chocolate factories, and butterfly preserves.

From what I’ve seen, nonetheless, the actual worth is within the friendships shaped throughout these weeks. A lot of our time is spent sitting collectively discussing life, the universe, and every little thing.

Late night chat in Portugal

I am nonetheless involved with of us from every of the chautauquas I’ve attended up to now. A few of these of us have turn out to be shut associates with whom I’ve frequent contact. (Our 2016 crew — the Werewolf Hunters — even rented a home in Utah for an in-person reunion. We go to one another at any time when we’re in one another’s cities and have a semi-active group chat.)

I can not promise that you’re going to kind life-long associates throughout this week, however from what I’ve seen, the percentages are good. And no marvel. You are gathering with a gaggle of like-minded individuals to speak about some deep, private topics. Bonding is sure to happen.

Listed below are a number of favourite photographs from previous chautauquas…

A birthday dinner in Quito

Buying souvenirs from the locals

Kim with a friend at the butterfly preserve

Mary with local schoolkids in Ecuador

Kristy tasting port in Porto, Portugal

Shamanic cleansing ceremony

These chautauquas aren’t for everybody, and I do know that. However they’re good occasions for a sure class of individuals. In case you suppose that you are a kind of individuals, hop on over to the web site to try the small print. Perhaps I am going to see you in Ecuador this summer time!

Yet one more fast notice: I just lately joined my pal Grant Sabatier on the Earn & Make investments podcast for a dialogue about cash burnout. These conversations with Grant and Doc G are at all times entertaining and enlightening.


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