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Our Next Life

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Name:
Our Next Life
Category:
Early Retirement
Tags:
Minimalism
Start Year:
2015

Blogger Bio

Location:
Small mountain town, Western USA, United States
Age:
30s
Race:
White
Gender:
Female
Life stage:
DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Profession:
Consultant

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Latest Blog Posts

Things have been moving quickly in the health care debate, which many of us on the verge of early retirement have been eyeing closely. Just this week, the latest Senate proposals to reform the Affordable Care Act and the later proposal to repeal it altogether were withdrawn. So where does that leave us all? What do we know? And more importantly, what do we still not know about health care ...
Posted: Jul 19 2017 @ 4:45 AM
We're coming up on six years of living in our soon-to-be-divulged mountain town, and we feel lucky every day that we get to call this place home. But it's not perfect, of course. The place we call home is a place lots of other people call their vacation destination, and that makes for some interesting dynamics. We'd tried to look at it in terms of what lessons we can learn ...
Posted: Jul 17 2017 @ 7:09 AM
We've evolved a ton in our vision for early retirement, starting with only a vision of what we were retiring from, to now having a clear vision of what we're retiring to, and making a big shift in the role we see work playing in our post-career lives. But even though we plan to work after this year, we see it as so different from "real work," because unlike almost ...
Posted: Jul 12 2017 @ 6:47 AM
The world of today is full of ever-increasing conveniences -- cooking boxes full of pre-measured and pre-chopped ingredients that let you whip up delicious meals at home, personal digital assistants that keep a virtual ear open for your every request, apps that tell you exactly what you need to know so you don't have to think. And while these things do make life easier, the question is: Is an easier ...
Posted: Jul 10 2017 @ 7:27 AM
It's time for our second quarter early retirement progress report -- our second to last! -- complete with charts galore. This quarter we hit another milestone that's both wonderful and a relief, and we're setting our sights on building up a sizable cushion by year's end for future health care unknowns. Plus: we've launched a reader survey and we'd LOVE your input. The post Magic Numbers, Padding and Panic // 2017 ...
Posted: Jul 05 2017 @ 4:44 AM
The most recent debates on health care reform have brought out a sentiment that has reared its ugly head before: the idea that health is totally within our control, and therefore anyone who's not entirely healthy is somehow at fault. Why that's both false and bonkers, and why it matters. The post Health Isn’t Something You Can Plug Into a Spreadsheet appeared first on Our Next Life. ...
Posted: Jun 28 2017 @ 4:55 AM
Today we're talking options, and keeping them open. Early retirement isn't an ending, after all -- it's a beginning. And if we go into that beginning with a limited set of options, and no ability to change our course, we could be setting ourselves up for a less-than-ideal future. Here's why it's so important to have an exit plan from your exit plan, which really just means you're giving yourself ...
Posted: Jun 26 2017 @ 5:58 AM
I spend a lot of time talking about the nobler aspects of early retirement like how it will give us time to do more volunteering. But can we all be honest? We can do noble things in retirement, but the reason doesn't have to be noble at all. For us, it's all about what is most fun, and the answer is: not working. We want to retire early so that ...
Posted: Jun 21 2017 @ 5:58 AM
Our early retirement might be right around the corner, but we still have a lot to do before the year is up to make sure that we're truly ready to make the big leap. Then after we pull the plug, we have a different set of things to do. Here are our big lists of things to do before we retire early, and right after, as well as things we've ...
Posted: Jun 19 2017 @ 4:55 AM
I definitely fell into magical thinking for years of our retirement planning, thinking I'd have time to do everything I'd ever dreamed of after we quit: travel the world, write novels, learn a gazillion languages, solve world hunger -- you get the idea. But after talking to many early retirees, I've had to accept: Time will always be limited. And if I care about accomplishing goals or living a life ...
Posted: Jun 14 2017 @ 4:09 AM

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