On Twitter, gone for Chautauqua and dark on comments till November


I’m amazed, too…

JL Collins NH on Twitter

Newbie that I am, I am not entirely sure how I’ll be using it. Mostly likely letting my followers in on random things I think are cool and my comments on issues that don’t require a full blog post.

My first two were sending out this very cool trailer for Playing with FIRE:

and a link to my post just before this one:

What we own and why we own it: 2018

I also hope, plan, intend to Tweet updates from Chautauqua. We’ll see.


Chautauqua Greece

Chautauqua hotel 2018

It has finally come and shortly I’ll be off in Greece for our two back-to-back Chautauquas and some other fun.

If you want to add this to your bucket list, please feel free to put yourself on the:

If you are wondering what Chautauqua is:

Millennial RevolutionChautauqua: Come Join the Family   (This is a brilliant post with all the details!)

1500 Days to FreedomMeet some awesome people… (Another brilliant post, this one with dinosaurs!)

ChooseFI — Oh, the Places we will go   Chautauqua in the words of the speakers who will be in Greece. There is nothing quite like hearing the voices behind the words.

Also, be sure to listen to this incredible episode with Travis Shakespeare.  Travis is a master story teller and, among other things, he shares how the FI movement fits into the cultural fabric of America and its traditions of rugged individuals charting their own course.

Mad FientistMoney Talks panel discussion at Chautauqua UK  Attendees discussing FI and also a great inside look at the Chautauqua experience.

JL CollinsGreece 2018 Mount Olympus 


Please hold your questions

While I’ll do my best to respond to comments on this post for the next few days, after that going to Chautauqua means I’ll be unable to respond to comments/questions here until November.



Bonus listening:

The Matriarch and the Godfather

ChooseFI on Suze Orman


Old Post:

Every now and again I get a comment on an old post. It is always nice to see those getting some attention and it is fun, for me anyway, to re-read them. Maybe you too. Here’s one:

Johnny wins the lotto and heads to Paris


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    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Felipe…

      Tech has brought a lot of blessings into my life, as has stepping away from it at times. 🙂

  1. Kevin says

    Can’t wait for Playing with FIRE to come out, maybe then my wife will understand what I have been trying to explain to her the last several months.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Me too, Kevin.

      It’s gonna be great!

      The guys creating it are pros and Chautauqua alums. What more could we ask? 🙂

  2. Susan @ FI Ideas says

    Count me as lucky that I will be joining you there on week two. I just watched a YouTube where a health researcher recommended having an automatic response saying he’d get back to you after he returned AND that he would be deleting that email. He returns to an empty email folder. It sounds like you are just the person to do this as well.

    JOMO — The Joy Of Missing Out

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