7 smart things I did in 2017

1) I bought a bike.

I’ve already blogged about this here, but it’s worth highlighting again as the smartest decision I’ve made in a long time.

2) I stopped buying books.

I’m a frugal person, but I’ve always had a particular weakness for buying books. I love owning them, and I dream of having a personal library one day. That said, I’ve come to realize that financial freedom is more important than owning more books. Fredonia’s Interlibrary Loan service will get me any book I want, for free.

3) I started writing five things I’m grateful for every morning.

Once you’re in the habit of being grateful you come to realize that most things people complain about aren’t actually worth complaining about.

4) I started listening to the ChooseFI podcast.

H/t to my brother for introducing me to this one. It’s my new favorite podcast, along with On Being, The Tim Ferriss Show, and Waking Up.

5) I moved to an apartment within biking distance of work.

This goes hand-in-hand with #1. There are tremendous financial benefits to living close to work. This, along with fresh air, exercise, and zero traffic.

6) I started exercising every day.

Each week day I now go to the gym at 10 a.m. On weekends I go for a walk or a bike ride. I do it even when I don’t feel like it.

7) I started taking classes at Fredonia.

This semester I took Victorian Literature and next semester I’m taking Later Shakespeare. It’s a fantastic way to meet smart people (professors and students) and think in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise. Fredonia employees can take one class per semester tuition-free.

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