Friday motivation


Our family used to live out on the Big Island.  To say that I miss living there would be a great understatement.   The weather,  bodyboarding 3-4 times a week, the culture and people all combine to create an incredible place to live.  It’s expensive to travel out there with our entire family, 2 adults, 4 kids.  The expense isn’t just the $2,000 for 5 tickets (one infant), but it’s lost income while we are there, food and spending money etc.

So we have to save.  That means I’ve got to work a little harder each day to make enough to not only pay for our everyday living expenses, but enough to pay for trips back to Hawaii.  The above picture is Pohoiki, an incredible surf spot out by where we used to live on the east side of the Big Island, just south of Hilo.  This picture really helps motivate me. (My wonderful wife and kids are also a great source of motivation)

This past week, we finally purchased our tickets to spend about 16 days on the Big Island this winter.

I’d love to hear some stories from you.  What helps motivate you to put in the extra time or work?  Have a great weekend.


  1. Ryan,

    Thanks for the BI photo for motivation! My partner & I are busting out butts selling & saving to move to BI in 2012 Spring or Fall due to heat restrictions on travel for pets.

    What motivates me? A better quality of life without material things. Thanks for the guest post on Get Rich Slowly, loved the article.

  2. I am motivated by pictures of my family, especially my son, enjoying life. I.e. this weekend I took my son to the pumpkin patch and a haywagon ride and we had a blast! Pictures and memories like this reinforce why I work hard and want to save money for similar experiences.

    P.S. I stumbled upon your blog from the GRS article and I love it!! Am now a regular reader, keep it up!

  3. Great idea for a blog. Read your posts on GRS, lots of good info for the semi-experienced bargain hunter. In college I used to turn around free furniture from Freecycle and Craigslist for cash, and now that I have a teaching job, I’m looking for some side income to pay down those student loans and you’ve given me the inspiration I needed.

    Subcribed now, thanks.

  4. I love your site–I found it through GRS. I have read every article you have here and found them all interesting and useful. Please keep up the good work because I’ve subscribed! By the way, I buy toys and books at yard sales to resell on Ebay and Craigslist with some really good luck. Love your new blog. Thanks.

  5. we’re looking forward to seeing you on da big island! Remember your trip is probably tax deductible, and we can hit up some “haole’s moving back to the mainland” garage sales over here! I used to buy, fix and sell jeep cherokees and other vehicles here on Big Island for about a year. Made a bit of money, but over here you are only allowed to turn over 5(as I recall) per year without having a sellers license which is a 15,000 bond. Thanks again uncle sam! See you soon Ryan.


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