It’s beginning to feel a lot like 2007. Trump is inheriting Obama’s boom. We have a 9 yr low on unemployment and a record high stock market. Everywhere I look I see buildings going up. I see people buying shit they don’t need to impress people they don’t like. Did we learn nothing from 2008? I hope you’ve prepared for the inevitable market down cycle.

For the past 2 years my family and I have lived bare bones despite doubling our income. We’ve shifted our priorities from “possessions and perceptions” to “people and experiences”. I work about 20–30 hours per week and have long stretches of time off at my choosing. We’ve traveled 22 states, visited multiple national parks, and lived in NYC, SF, Boulder CO, Austin TX , Asheville NC just to name a few. We did this all with 2 young boys while I worked as a consultant on the road.

I love my gadgets as much as the next guy, but as I do every holiday season, I reflect on the future. Who will we become? How will we show up? Who do we serve? I’m confronted like many others with an uncertain world, and the potential for a frightening future. We’ve prepared. If you haven’t you should.

I’ve always felt a bit like — “oh you survival doomsday prepper’s, how cute with your homestead farms, self sustaining energy, and cache of guns, ammo, and food.” Now, I’m beginning to think they aren’t so crazy. Like everything there are extremes.

Now may be a good time to repair that credit report, save up that cash, spend time with your family. Some things matter more than others. Good food, shoes, tires, mattress, and friends. Everything else you’re chasing had better be making you a better version of yourself. The number of things that truly make you happy is on a short list.