The Author


(Who says “yo” anymore? I do, clearly.)

I’m Erin, and I’m the author behind all the crazy posts on this blog.

I used to have a way-too-long “about me” page that detailed certain chapters of my life, but most of that information is totally irrelevant to this iteration of the blog, and I don’t like wasting people’s time.

(Although I like procrastinating and creating side tangents, which kind of conflicts with that statement…)

I don’t think you really need to know anything about me, but if you’re curious, here’s some information that might interest you:

I believe in simplicity. Not in the I love minimalism, get rid of all the things!! way, but in the enjoy the little things, say “yes” to things that align with my values/goals, and “no” to most everything else way.

This simple framework cuts through the noise of the world most of us get caught up in, and it also happens to be a great defense against decision fatigue.

So what are some of the things I tend to say “yes” to?

  • Coffee
  • Travel / new experiences
  • Family / friends / community
  • Knowledge
  • Music
  • Pets
  • Personal growth
  • Laughing (especially after 2am)
  • Video games
  • Fun hair colors
  • Pizza (okay, I try not to give in)
  • The color purple
  • Shirts that make me laugh
  • Organizing and color coordinating
  • Hoodie weather
  • Hiking / walking / other activities that don’t involve sitting at a computer for 10+ hours

It’s a kind of short list, and at first glance, might seem incredibly boring. Well, I never claimed to be a super fascinating person, but I was serious about the “enjoy the little things” part above.

This belief structure stems from something I’ve discovered while exploring the FIRE (financial independence retire early) movement: the less stuff in my life, the less financial stress I experience, and the sooner I can reach freedom (since it won’t take as much money to get there).

That doesn’t mean I pinch pennies, and that doesn’t mean I’m a minimalist. I’m a fan of value-based spending, and I’m not a fan of pointless stuff that sits somewhere to collect dust.

After years of experimenting, this is the system that I’ve found works well for me. It might not be for you, but getting clear on your values is something you should consider doing. Maybe. Probably. (It makes life easier.)