What is this Canoe Dock?

Not only is the canoe dock a physical place, it’s also a frame of mind for me.

The place is a small concrete dock located on a lake in East Tennessee.  I got to spend several summers enjoying it during my tenure as a camp counselor.  It’s one of my favorite places on earth.


The frame of mind derived from this place, for me, is an almost Zen state of being.  It is a sense of well being and rightness.  Worries and stress melt away even amidst the chaos of summer activity.  The tranquility derived from late night swimming under the starts is amazing.

It’s been a long time since I was able to experience that on a daily basis.  Now I work a full-time career, am married with two children, and have all of the bills and stresses one derives from living the typical mid-class American life.

Last year, I began reading several blogs such as Mr Money Mustache, Retire by 40, and Financial Samurai… and I had an epiphany.  I can do better!  I can unburden myself from a lot of the stress and rediscover my Canoe Dock state of being.

The first step is getting control of my finances. This blog will server as a way for me to document the journey, track my goals, and discuss the challenges that we face along the way. I’m a bit A.D.D. as well, so I’m sure I’ll chime in with other interestes as well. Here we go…