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    Why Having More Is Not Enough

    Picture your dream life. What does it look like? I used to think it looked like a corner office in the city and a big house with a luxury car parked right out front. Fast forward several years, and I find out what it costs to have all those things. Whether it be time, money, or our peace of mind, we are going to sacrifice something. And there is nothing wrong with making those tough decisions if it is something you really want. If you don’t know what you want, start by checking out my post on What Does Retirement Mean to You. Start thinking about what’s actually important to…

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    Tastes of Taiwan: 10 Best Snacks in Taipei

    Welcome to the second installment of the Tastes of Taiwan series. In the first post, I shared the 5 Must-Try Restaurants in Taipei. Today, I’ll be sharing 10 of the best snacks in Taipei. Taiwan has always been known to have some of the best food in the world. If you ask Taiwanese Americans what they miss most from Taiwan (if they’ve ever visited), I’d be shocked if not every single one of them answered food. Taiwanese cuisine will always have a special place in my heart, and I want to share with everyone what Taiwan has to offer. So with that, let’s jump into the 10 best snacks that…

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    How to Invest in Yourself When You’re Tight on Money

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin Saving for your future can feel like giving up your now. You’ll be faced with tough decisions between saving more, investing in yourself, or living that YOLO life. But does it need to be that hard? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out? I’ve been fairly vocal about how I feel about the traditional retirement plan of working until I’m 65 years old. It’s not for me. I want to be able to enjoy every stage of my life. I’m not willing to gamble my life away hoping that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. So how do I invest…

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    The Perfect Day in Pacific Grove

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of the best experiences you can have in life is traveling with friends. Whether you are hopping on a plane or into the car, going anywhere with your friends and family makes you feel complete. This time, me and my girlfriends hopped into the car for a road trip to Pacific Grove, California. Pacific Grove is a neighboring city of Monterey and part of the famous 17-mile drive to Pebble Beach. We drove for an hour and a half from South Bay to our destination, snacking, listening to music, and sipping on boba. We had everything we needed. Hotels and Airbnbs will easily cost…

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    Stop Avoiding Debt

    So far we’ve touched on saving, investing, retirement, and mindset. Today I want to talk about the “darker” side of finance. I came across a Pinterest post a few days ago that shared 4 financials tips for millennials. The second tip was to “avoid debt like the plague.” Debt is often discussed with negative tones and seen as a bad habit. While that is definitely true, there is another face to debt that is not shared enough and that is that debt is a powerful tool that can propel you towards financial freedom. That’s right. Debt can be a powerful tool that can propel you towards financial freedom. There is…

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    The Best Day in Karuizawa, Japan

    If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo for a day or two, there are plenty of amazing towns within 2 hours of Tokyo. One of my favorite day trips outside of Tokyo is the town, Karuizawa. It’s about a 1 and a half hour train ride from Tokyo Station. In the past, Karuizawa visitors was limited to wealthy families that could afford a summer home in the area. Due to the higher elevation and mountain terrain, Karuizawa stays much cooler than Tokyo. Today, many people visit during summer and winter to experience all of the activities the area has to offer. I had the pleasure of…

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    What Does Your Money Say About You?

    I can’t quantify how many times I think about money. It is a constant presence and plays a big role in almost any decision that I make. Two years ago, I wasn’t worried about saving for my future. I was too caught up in trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I never realized that through properly managing my money, I could pretty much eliminate most, if not all, of my financial concerns. Learning about financial freedom has taught me to invest more in things that are important to me, which is the most rewarding part of this entire journey. So in today’s post, I want to dive…

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    How to Spend 2 Days in Singapore

    Have you ever wanted to visit one of the world’s cleanest cities? How about the tallest, man-made, indoor waterfall? As one of the last three remaining modern city-states in the world, Singapore is an irresistible destination that has something to offer everyone. The Lion City is tied with Sydney, Australia for the 9th richest city in the world, totaling $1 trillion in private wealth as reported by Business Insider. It is a city of affluent Asians, which makes it the perfect setting for the best selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians. The wealth, infrastructure and culture of Singapore create a comfortable and safe environment for a wide variety of travelers to visit…

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    What Does Retirement Mean to You?

    Do you have a retirement plan set in place? If not, you really should. And if your current retirement plan is to work until you’re 65 or 70 years old, then you either need a new plan or a backup plan. I was sharing my personal finance journey with a friend and she told me that her plan was to work until she could retire. How can you guarantee that you can work until you’re 65 years old? You can’t guarantee that you’ll be in good health. What if you get fired or laid off? It blew my mind that she wasn’t worried about these things. She accepted the traditional idea…

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    5 Tips for Visiting Barbados

    There’s nothing quite like sitting in the soft, white sand and staring out at the clear, blue sea on a tropical island. That is exactly what Barbados has to offer. Barbados is probably the closest place to paradise I have ever been. Everything about it exceeded my expectations. It was the first time I had ever visited one of the Caribbean islands, and I want to go back! If you are planning a trip to Barbados, I have a few quick tips to share before I jump into the summary of my trip. Drive on the left. If you are from the UK, this won’t faze you but if you are…