Tag Archives: Health & Happiness

How the frog gets boiled in the pan…and how you can escape

As I may have mentioned before, you shouldn’t be wasting your money on “stuff”. But does that mean that all spending is bad? Of course not. I spend money where it has a high return on investment. There is no better investment than your health.  Its strange how much people spend on cars and holidays […]

Get Rich…with Abs

Today we have a guest post from a reader called Georgie, a chiropractor, wife and mum who has built her own health coaching practice. I first met Georgie a few years ago when she reached out to me for financial coaching.  We got on well…probably because she applies the same principles to her health and wellness […]

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 1)

“Doing the work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts, like The 4 Hour Work Week. Initially, I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant. Was this some New Age, hippy bullshit? There was something curious about this phrase, at least to my (British, male) ears. […]

I’m better than me

A couple of years ago, shortly after I quit work, I joined a local running club. There is a wide range of running abilities at the club (its all ages and both sexes). Some of the runners there think nothing of running a marathon in under 3 hours.  But there are also many people there who […]

Baby steps for future millionaires (part 1)

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step. For those that are new to the concept of financial independence, here are 10 baby steps on The Path to becoming a millionaire. Re-programming our habits eventually creates incredible results. The magic is in the aggregation of marginal gains. 1. Go one day without spending […]

3 paths to spending like a Jedi

Have you noticed that old people spend less on showing off than younger people? If you want to visualise this, watch The Empire Strikes Back and count how many times you see Yoda going designer shopping or clubbing. There are lots of good reasons why you might want to speak to an older person now […]

How to cycle a medium-sized European country

The Escape Artist is back broadcasting again from the UK, having spent a week and a bit in a foreign land to the south called “France”. For those that haven’t been there on a school trip, France is a bit like the UK other than its mountains are bigger, the sun often shines and the people there […]

Lifestyle Inflation and the FI-o-Meter

The conventional wisdom is often wrong.  Sometimes the problem is not the stuff we don’t know. Its that the stuff we think we know is often wrong. I recently learnt something about financial independence that I want to share with you as an example of this.  I had always assumed that earning a higher salary must be […]

Manual labour and the incredible self-removing conservatory

There came a point during my time in the Prison Camp when it felt like money was leaving our bank account like blood spurting out of an arterial wound. This feeling was particularly acute whenever we had work done on our house. I would get back from a long day at the office and it seemed like there […]

10 years out of the Camp: Reader Case Study

One of the recurring themes of The Escape Artist is that success is easier when we find the (rare) people that have demonstrated success and built a well-balanced life and then listen to them. This sounds ridiculously obvious but The Escape Artist has observed that most people don’t do this. For some reason, people find it really hard to ask for help.  They ignore […]