Man, 2017 flew by.
And what a year it’s been. Mrs. G and I finally got to meet some of our blogging heroes—Claudia and Garrett from Two Cup House, JW and Lucy from The Green Swan, Fritz from The Retirement Manifesto, and Jillian from Montana Money Adventures. And I can say unequivocally that they’re all even nicer and more impressive in real life than they are on their blogs. Truly wonderful people.
Another highlight of the year was launching my YouTube channel, Talking Trash with Mr. Groovy. Not so much because I’m producing riveting video, but because it’s forcing me to face one of my biggest bugaboos: public speaking. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always gotten exceedingly nervous when addressing an audience larger than one, and my Talking Trash videos are proving to be great therapy for that shortcoming.
And speaking about being nervous, I also made appearances on Staking Benjamins and Choose FI. If you missed either or both of these appearances, and you’re in the mood to hear an authentic Noo Yawk accent, here are the links.
Finally, 2017 has ended on a really nice note for me and Mrs. G. We found Groovy Ranch—three acres in the wilds of North Carolina. And if things go as planned, there’s a good chance we’ll be having the first ever Groovypaloosa next fall. I’ll keep you posted.
Plans for 2018
So what’s in store for 2018?
More of the same. My goal is to do one post a week, one Talking Trash a week, and one Remote Talking Trash a month. If any of you bloggers/readers are interested in cleaning up your neck of the woods while shooting the sh*t with me, drop me a note.
And other than going to FinCon, the only new thing planned for 2018 is my first ebook, The Groovy Guide to Financial Independence. Yep, because of Nicholas
Kraken, a great accountability partner who blogs over at Step Into The Road, I finally got off my arse and penned my twisted take on financial independence.
There’s still a lot to do, of course, but I’m confident The Groovy Guide to Financial Independence will come out in April. In fact, I’m so confident, I’ve even commissioned the artwork for the ebook. Check out one of the sketches below.
Who’s the artist? I’m not saying. I will leave you with this, though. The artist isn’t a blogger. But the artist is associated with one of my favorite bloggers. Ah, the plot thickens.
Finally, a big end-of-the-year thanks has to go out to Mr. and Mrs. WoW from Waffles On Wednesday. Not only are they technical wizards—they did prove the feasibility of Remote Talking Trash, after all—but they’re super nice and super gracious, and I can’t wait to meet them in person at FinCon 2018.
Okay, groovy freedomist, that’s all I got. Here’s the last installment of Talking Trash for 2017—another beach-combing barn-burner with the WoWs. Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year. See you in 2018.