More Than Money: A Blog About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

05 January 2014 · 11 comments

As promised on Friday, More Than Money is about to become a real blog with useful information and instructive stories. After fifteen months as a sandbox, I have a plan for 2014.

I’ve spent much of the past three months writing an ebook about personal finance. As part of that, I generated nearly 50,000 words on the relationship between personal and financial freedom. This material covers overcoming fear, pursuing happiness, and forging freedom. I think it’s some of the best work I’ve ever produced. Unfortunately, it’s not appropriate for my ebook.

That’s okay, though, because now those 50,000 words are going to form the backbone of a year-long journey at More Than Money. Every Monday morning (starting tomorrow), I’ll share one short “chapter” from this unpublished ebook.

Over the next twelve months, I’ll intersperse this material with interviews and stories, as well as summaries of related articles from around the web. Plus, of course, I’ll continue to share my travel adventures.

At the end of 2014, my goal is to collate all of this information into a downloadable ebook I’ve tentatively titled More Than Money: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness. (So, yes, I’ll be converting an unpublished ebook into blog posts and then converting these back into an ebook. Crazy, huh?)

You can help. As the year goes along, please provide feedback on the material I publish. And if you have anything to contribute to the conversation, please do so. Share your stories. Share related articles. Share books that you’ve read. I want to foster a year-long conversation about what it means to be happy and free. I’m glad to have you along for the ride!

1 Spencer January 5, 2014 at 06:19

J.D. – this sounds like a great project for 2014. If you need any kind of contribution from a military perspective, please let me know. I’ll be looking forward to reading your first post tomorrow! Good luck.

2 Nate @ TheyBuyTime January 5, 2014 at 07:30

“I want to foster a year-long conversation about what it means to be happy and free.”

Excellent JD!!

Glad to see you are jumping, “back on the horse” :-)

My wife and I are 33.3% complete with our FI journey (based on 25 X expenses). 5 years ago we started our journey with a negative (-80,000) net worth — Getrichslowly (you) helped us immensely in those early days. I can’t wait to see the insights you will bring to the table.

Cheers brother!!!

3 Joe January 5, 2014 at 10:38

That’s a great project. I need to consolidate my material too. An ebook might be a good idea for my site.
Oh, I think 25x is a bit low if you’re under 50 especially if you have kids or plan to have kids.

4 moneystepper January 5, 2014 at 12:59

Sounds like a great idea. I look forward to reading more throughout 2014.

5 bon January 5, 2014 at 16:03

So excited to hear this – these posts have always been my favorites back at GRS and here as well. Looking forward to more regular reading on this topic this year. I hope I can contribute as well!

6 Nancy January 6, 2014 at 07:21

I am so happy to see this. Your posts are the best thing in my over-filled inbox. I am a 59 year old vibrant woman in the rural north woods of Wisconsin looking to rebuild my life after the end of a 31 year marriage. More Than Money inspires me to move forward.

7 Donna January 6, 2014 at 08:21

Glad to hear your plans for 2014. Have followed you from GRS to this blog and always enjoy your insights and ‘voice’. My husband and I are further along the journey than you – in our mid-60’s – but appreciate your perspectives and watching them evolve. Congratulations and good success in this next venture.

8 Andrea Coutu January 6, 2014 at 09:55

Congratulations on your new book! I just put my long-running ebook out in print (it’s still an ebook too) and I’ve been delighted with how it is doing without the help of a traditional publisher. Given the state of the publishing industry, I think you’ve made a great choice.

9 Carla January 6, 2014 at 15:13

I look forward to reading your new work!

10 abc January 6, 2014 at 20:05

Firstly, I’m a big fan of JD and he has always been an inspiration of sorts to me. Great Writer. Very talented. But this post just seems like he’s being more of a salesman than an artist here. That doesn’t look good on anyone.

11 jdroth January 6, 2014 at 22:11

Thanks for the kind words. And rest assured I’m not selling anything. (Although who knows? Maybe I will in the future?)

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