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Have you done a mini-retirement?

I don’t know if I’d call it a mini-retirement but every few years, we take a long vacation of several weeks over the summer.

We are fortunate in that both my wife and I have flexible work schedules. We can reduce our hours, take vacation, and be able to “live” in areas for a longer period of time so our kids can enjoy a different culture and lifestyle. They’ve been amazing life experiences for ourselves and our kids and hopefully we can continue to do them!

How to Negotiate a Mini-Retirement [Millennial Money] – “A mini-retirement is when you strategically save money and plan to take an extended time off of work (could be from 1 month to 6 months or more), so you can follow your passions – whether that’s traveling the world or launching a non-profit.” This was a guest post on Millennial Money by the amazing Jillian Johnsrud. The post is great but make sure you pop on over to her personal blog and subscribe. (tip of the cap to Alien on F.I.R.E. for sending this to me)

You Weren’t Born to Pay Off Debt and Die [Cait Flanders] – “What you don’t have to do forever is live with debt. You don’t have to spend every month calculating how much you can afford to put towards debt repayment, while continuing to use credit, and staying in the never-ending cycle of borrowing money and trying to pay it back. It’s not an easy cycle to get out of; I know that firsthand. But it is a cycle that will not only control your finances, it will control your mind and your life—and our time on this planet is far too short to let debt control your life.” Many thanks to Jim of Elemental Money for sending this to me.

If you had to pick a hot area of the stock market before the pandemic, marijuana stocks were a good choice. If you wanted to pick the next spot for a startup flameout, marijuana companies were a good choice.

Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed [Politico] – “MedMen was the country’s hottest pot startup—until it flamed out. Its fall has exposed the gap between “green rush” hype and the realities of a troubled industry.”