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I have been thinking about writing this post since I started my blog.  As you will read, Veterans Day might be the most fitting day to publish it.  This post is about my Uncle Xavier.  As the title suggests, Xavier was a veteran, millionaire, and mentor to me.  Below is his story and a little bit about our relationship. Like many members of the Greatest Generation, my Uncle Xavier had

In the middle of October, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Jim Thorpe, Pa.  Even though we only live about one-hour away from Jim Thorpe, neither of us have ever been there.  We were looking to Take a day-trip to see the fall foliage on this sunny Sunday afternoon.  We spoke about a few

This morning, I sent an email to my Congressman.  The Financial Journeyman is not a political blog.  This blog is not right or left-leaning.  In general, I do not oppose or support any political party.  The only time that I will write about politics is when it is related to personal finance. Over the past few weeks, there have been many news reports about Congress wanting

Everyone should have a written financial plan.  A written financial plan is a document that assists you to focus on what you want to achieve when it comes to your personal finances.  A written financial plan is a living document that should be amended as time goes on. A written financial plan is a useful tool for everyone.  It does not matter if you are a new college

It is the middle of October.  This is my favorite time of year.  The weather has cooled down some. The fall foliage in North Pocono is panoramic.  Pumpkin flavored everything is available.  If you are a football fan, both the college and the NFL seasons are in full swing. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend my annual NFL game.  My friend Chris and I went to the Philadelphia

Life is unpredictable.  An emergency can occur at any time.  There are some emergencies you cannot prepare for and others that you can.  This post is for Dads, Dollars, Debts who recently lost his house and nearly his life in the Tubb’s fire in California.  The Financial Independence Community has come together to create a chain gang to show our support for him and his family: Anchor: DadsDollarsDebt

Thank you for taking the time to read about my first 6-months as a personal finance blogger.  I have read that reaching the 6-month point is a major milestone because it is when many bloggers call it quits.  The past 6-months have gone by in a flash.  Creating The Financial Journeyman has been an educational experience.  Other than being a learning experience, it was fun to try to be creative

I would like to start by thanking A Journey to FI for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  The Financial Journeyman is only six months old and this recognition is a big deal to me.  There are many personal finance blogs.  It is easy to get lost in the crowd.  It is an honor to be mentioned among some of the best bloggers in the personal finance

“Wearing success on your sleeve”.  That is an interesting phrase.  My close friend Chris told me a story about when he was a teenager. When he was 16, he had a job working at Burger King.  With his first paycheck, he bought a 14-ct gold bracelet.  When his dad saw the bracelet, he asked Chris why he wanted to “wear his success on his sleeve”.  Chris was just a teenager and wanted

While my wife likes to tell people that I am cheap, I am just frugal.  I don’t like to spend money.  When I must spend it, it is like saying good-bye to a close friend.  Well, that might be a bit dramatic, but it honestly does sting some when we part ways. When I do spend money, I seek out value.  I want the best quality