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Steve A

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Early Retirement
Financial independence, lifestyle, photography
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I am a capitalist. I believe in a system where people are rewarded for their hard work disproportionately to those who work less hard. As a result, I generally respect wealth – honest wealth. I assume that wealth has been earned rather than given until proven otherwise. Innocent until proven guilty. I believe a society NEEDS to function with both CEOs and garbage men together, working as one to maintain the society ...
Posted: Oct 18 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I am not a rule follower. Then again, I’m not necessarily a rule breaker, either. According to one psych author, I’m what you call a “questioner”. If I don’t feel that a rule applies in my situation, I’ll do what I want and won’t look back. Okay, I say this with one major caveat: I must understand WHY a rule has been put in place before I break it so I don’t ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Happy Friday, one and all! Today, I have a guest post from a couple who are just a few short years away from early retirement. But instead of charging through to the finish line, they are taking a gap year and delaying retirement. I love their style! Imagine this scenario: You’re a healthy, young couple with a decent income and some good financial habits. You discovered the world of financial independence ...
Posted: Oct 13 2017 @ 6:00 AM
It was about 10:30 at night and I was riding my Yamaha R1 sportbike down an empty stretch of road south of Tucson, AZ. I was alone on the road. I started thinking about speed. Not just about going “fast”, but insane speed. I had to do it. I had to transform those dashed white lines dividing both southbound lanes into a single, speed-induced streak of white. So, I rolled on the ...
Posted: Oct 11 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I don’t know about you, but I learn a heck of a lot more from my failures than I do successes. When everything goes right, I learn very little. I learn nothing beyond what happened to go right in that instance. But, what about the next? Here is the difference between successes and failures: Failures have a way of humbling us. They force us to reflect on the situation, as well as ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 6:00 AM
It’s happened to so many of us. We get scammed, and it sucks. Today, I’m throwing at ya a guest post from Josh over at Faith Family Finance who gives us the skinny on how we could be scammed, and what to do about it. When it comes to protecting yourself from being scammed, you don’t just have to worry about clicking on a bad link in that spam email you ...
Posted: Oct 06 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Okay, I have a confession to make. My wife didn’t “retire” back in April before we left Tucson in pursuit of full-time travel. She took a sabbatical instead…nice person that she is. But, that’s not the whole story either. First, I did retire. I am 100% out of the workforce. I was offered a sabbatical before I left and I flatly refused. I am definitely out, and out for good. My wife was ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 6:00 AM
A few weeks ago, I read a post about the feels of early retirement and how strange they’ve turned out to be. The closer you get to early retirement, the more anxious you become. More nervous. More fearful. Not, as you might expect, more excited. The gist? Our emotional state leading into early retirement is not some linear graph that slowly ticks upward as we seemingly get happier and happier that ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 6:00 AM
The Friday Feast is my attempt at picking out a few things from the personal finance community that I found interesting this week. It’s also a chance for me to keep you fine readers updated on where we are in the U.S. Here’s what’s up in the personal finance community First, huge congratulations to Mr. ONL (the hubs over at OurNextLife.com) for officially giving notice to his company. How did this conversation go? ...
Posted: Sep 29 2017 @ 6:00 AM
YouTube is amazing. It’s basically television recorded by the average Joe (or Jane), designed to fill all kinds of niches, this time from a visual perspective rather than a bunch of words. My wife and I run A Streamin’ Life on YouTube, which is a channel that follows our journey around the country. The experience has been amazing. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves. We’ve become super comfortable in front of ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 6:00 AM


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