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067 | Raptitude And Free To Pursue

David and Helene talk about consumerism, getting out of one’s comfort zone and the importance of simplicity.

What you’ll hear on today’s show:

  • Discussion with David and Helene
  • How consumerism makes us buy more
  • Controlling impulses
  • How Helene constantly gets out of her comfort zone
  • Mental hacks for self control
  • Hedonic adaptation
  • Complexity vs simplicity
  • David’s thoughts after blogging for 9 years
  • The importance of focusing on what lights you up
  • Hotseat questions

Listen to Brad and Jonathan's thoughts about this episode here.

Links from the show:

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2 thoughts on “067 | Raptitude And Free To Pursue”

  1. Love the call out of the diamond industry, a message that can’t be spread too far or wide. The only way in which a diamond is superior to all other stones is its hardness (scratch proof-ness not shatter resistance FYI.)

    I don’t have it (or the relationship it represented) anymore but I loved going with a lab-created Alexandrite for my engagement ring. It changes color depending on the lighting and how cool is that?!? In that way, I was definitely on the road less traveled.

    There are a lot of different diamond alternatives CZ, white sapphire (lab and natural origin), white topaz, and Moissanite (super sparkly space rock) to name a few.

    One further thing to consider, if you can’t have an honest conversation with your potential spouse about the engagement ring and the materials that make it up is your relationship really ready to take that next step? (And it is 100% fine if you decide to go with a diamond as long as you go into it with your eyes open)

  2. It’s great to hear two bloggers that weren’t in the FIRE realm initially, but have resonated so well with us because of their look for simplicity and life hacks.

    I quit social media a few years back mostly because it seemed like I was always going wider (staying ‘in contact’ with high school friends and others who aren’t in my life anymore) than I was focusing deeper on the things right in front of me.

    I don’t know if I can do a depth year this year (started a new job, upcoming family changes, etc.), but I will definitely keep the concept in mind for 2019. Perhaps I could do a mini-depth month sometime in 2018.

    Thanks again for getting David on the podcast.

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