The Year We Rejected The Lie Of Sunk Cost

A few years ago we moved to Orlando. For the first eleven months or so, Caroline and I rented an apartment close to where I work. It was great, but we realized that we were throwing a lot of money away when we could be investing our housing costs in a home.

At that point in our lives we had decided that Orlando would be our home for the next five or more years, so, we decided to save for a down-payment. We were fortunate to find a great first home about ten minutes away from our apartment.

Over the course of the next year we put a decent amount of money into that little yellow house. It needed new insulation in the attic and a new AC unit with a heat pump, and a new electrical panel (among other first-time homeowner expenses).

Fast forward about a year and we had welcomed our first child into the world. About six months later, we realized we wanted to raise our kids close to our families and extended family—in Ohio—but we’d already sunk a lot of money into our first home.


We decided to sell anyways.

Even though we hadn’t given the home much time to appreciate, we still walked away with cash for another down-payment in Ohio. Instead of losing over $1k every month to rent, we were able to re-invest a decent portion of the previous year’s housing costs and expenses into a new place to live.

So the thought of the day is this:

Don’t let the notion of sunk cost scare you away from a big decision, whether it be financial, or otherwise.

There might be other factors that deter you in a decision, but please don’t let that be the one that puts the final nail in the coffin on a decision or an idea you’re kicking around and praying about.

Leaving Orlando was the hardest thing we’ve ever done. We had such a rich, vibrant community there. Yet, we’re glad we didn’t let those previous financial investments tie us down for another five years. Postponing our decision likely would have only let to a more difficult decision down the road.

I know this isn’t everyone’s experience, and that a decision like this could have gone the other way… But we’re thankful we decided to take the leap of faith, and that we were seeking God’s wisdom along the way. We’re thankful we we’re able to do what felt right for our family at the time; looking back, we can see how God used it to set us up for this current chapter of life.

We’re also thankful for the generosity and support of our families, whose miscellaneous resources also helped make the transition possible. What a life lesson in sacrificial love!

Everyday Carries Are For The Sentimental Type

I got into Reddit’s Everyday Carry sub, r/EDC, a little while ago. It’s one of the things that encouraged me to start writing hand-written notes again, and also made me want to start carrying one of my favorite knives again (instead of a folding utility blade) on a daily basis.

There’s just something about the items you carry with you every day… Taking them along adds some sentimental value that you may be able to pass on to your kids. I’ve never been the sentimental type, but I’m finding myself more and more so as I step deeper into fatherhood (read: only almost two years).

That said, I thought I’d share a bit about what’s typically hitching a ride on my person every day.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. — “Walden” by H.D. Thoreau

— “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport

I just like that quote. Don’t read into it too much; it’s not super relevant.

Alright. Here we go.

Watch: Skagen Theodor. This watch is nice and simple; the lack of a second hand says, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” It has a thin, lightweight profile, and goes with just about anything, save a black suit and tie (I have a similar Skagen that was gifted to me for such special occasions). Unfortunately this Theodor model was discontinued, so when the original strap busted on me, I had to replace it with the strap from an old Fossil watch I had lying around.

Wallet: TGT Nightcall 2.0. This wallet is a great solution for anyone trying to limit the number of items they’re carrying around every day. It’s made of heavy-duty elastic and leather, and comfortably holds 5-10 cards and some folded cash. It’s way more comfortable to sit on and carry than any leather bi-fold or tri-fold wallet I’ve ever owned.

Knife: Boker Plus Hyper. This knife ended my childhood “knife collecting” interest. I did my research to make sure that it had steel that would last a long time, was the right size and shape, and would fit comfortably in my side or back pocket (deep pocket clip). Like the watch, this little guy has also been discontinued, but there are a lot of very similar models from Boker and other quality companies (from what I’ve seen online).

Pen: Pilot G-2 0.38. These pens have been my go-to for the past six or seven years. You can buy them in bulk from Amazon at a rate that comes out at just over a buck a piece. I like the ultra-fine gel pens because they create really clean lines and use much less ink. This means that dry-time is a little shorter, and the pens are a little more versatile. I like doodling and sketching, so it’s nice to have something that checks the box for both of those use cases.

Notebook: Moleskine Cahier (Dotted). Fantastic for weekly planners, notes, to-do lists, and journaling. Fits in my pocket. I never leave home without it. (And did I mention the dot-grid!?) You can read more about how I use mine here!

Not Pictured: Smartphone (an unfortunate essential), Kindle (depending on the day), Yeti 10/20oz Rambler (coffee, water, whiskey… what can’t you use a Yeti for?).

What items go everywhere with you? Why? I’m curious to hear about it… Comments are open!