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Early Retirement
travel with kids, bucket list, living, budgeting, early retirement, financial independence
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Perspective…. it’s a funny thing, isn’t it' Five years ago,  searching for a new job after a 2 year break, this was my thinking:  “If someone would just interview me and give me an opportunity…..I would be so happy with $60k total comp, some 401k match and health benefits. I would not need anything else!” … Continue reading "Contentment: Celebrating Personal Growth Vs Comparing Self With Others" ...
Posted: Feb 23 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Large scale org change… ah how it affords you the opportunity to see people’s true colors! I am always amazed that for so many people, their job and title literally defines who they are. What is happening around their job dictate how they feel about life (talk about giving your power away!). And they are … Continue reading "Does Your Job Define Who You Are'" ...
Posted: Feb 13 2018 @ 9:49 AM
I have been thinking about this lately as I recently turned 40,  kids are getting older, assets continue to grow and we are putting a decent dent towards our debt balance. We each have a 2 year old $1m 20 year term policy,  plus 1x year salary from my employer, an automatic benefit.  I am … Continue reading "When To Cancel Term Life Insurance" ...
Posted: Jan 28 2018 @ 11:38 PM
I really enjoy doing monthly and, in this case, yearly challenges to continuously improve myself. The highlight of my multiple 2018 personal challenges will be: Challenge #1: No buying clothes or ‘stuff’ for a year for myself except personal hygiene and food items. Experiences and travel are allowed and encouraged. Books can only be library … Continue reading "2018 Challenge #1: No Purchases For A Year!" ...
Posted: Jan 03 2018 @ 3:35 AM
FIRE Journey Recap Here is a refresher to our overall end state FIRE assets and debt goals, along with our 2017 ending point. In summary, our initial 2017 EOY assets goal was $527.5k, from a $388k starting point (end of 2016). Goal was later refined to $555k and ended with $572k! Whoa! The plan was … Continue reading "2018 Financial Goals" ...
Posted: Dec 31 2017 @ 6:00 PM
The below is the framework of things I wanted to focus on during 2017. More details on each and where I stood as of September 2017 can be found here. 2017 Year in Review The year started very rough but ended on a very high note! Lots of progress on the health front, most improve … Continue reading "2017 Life Goals Review" ...
Posted: Dec 31 2017 @ 5:34 PM
Continuing with our expense analysis for 2017 (kids, pet, travel, car), time for utilities. Yuk!  I definitely have to pay attention to our expenses here, see where I can cut down a bit more. 2017 Utility / Phone Expenses Cellphone  $1,140 Internet / TV $1,320 Electricity  $710 Air con maintenance $390 Water  $680 Pest Prevention … Continue reading "2017 Utility Expenses" ...
Posted: Dec 27 2017 @ 1:45 AM
After discussing the idea of a taking a year off to travel the world, time to get planning! Phase I – Dream List Colombia Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina Uruguay Brazil Morocco Spain Italy Greece Turkey Jordan UAE Bhutan Myanmar Thailand Cambodia Laos Vietnam Hong Kong China Japan Our dream list above was already revised … Continue reading "Initial Round The World Itinerary" ...
Posted: Dec 22 2017 @ 3:24 PM
After graduating from college, husband and I have taken 2 breaks from work, if you will, to live differently and pause for a second. First break came 4 years post college for our MAs abroad, second time a couple of years to be stay at home parents to my first and see the birth of … Continue reading "What If….Worldschool For A Year And Pause FIRE Plans'" ...
Posted: Dec 19 2017 @ 3:56 PM
Continuing with the tracking of big bucket expenses (kids, dog, travel), time to check out  car expenses. At the beginning of 2017 we had 3 cars, and somewhere along the lines we donated one that was approaching 200k miles.  One of the remaining ones we are financing still with 0% interest rate and a few … Continue reading "2017 Car Expenses" ...
Posted: Dec 07 2017 @ 1:55 AM


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