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Early Retirement
FIRE, Early Retirement, Financial Freedom, Costs, Lifestyle, Running, Wannabe Traveler
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We've had friends to stay - one thing I've learned is that if you want visitors, move to a ski resort, you suddenly become much more popular. I'm sure they're coming for my good company rather than the ski slopes though😏. Other than the fun we had, here are a couple of things about their visit. Thing number one was my friend, Mark, fractured his L1 vertebrae - that's not ...
Posted: Feb 24 2020 @ 2:20 PM
I couldn't be more pleased that I made the decision to retire early. The first three years have been great and I can't imagine stepping back to my old corporate world life. But that doesn't mean that everything has gone to plan, it hasn't. One of my targets for this year is to figure out where we'll live. When I posted my targets, I received a comment saying "I thought ...
Posted: Feb 10 2020 @ 7:55 AM
CostsI suspect that after Christmas, most people hope for a less expensive January to get the finances back on track, an idea we seem to have completely ignored. Ski lessons for me, exercise classes for Sally, lunches on the mountain, new phone (old one died), two new pairs of running shoes, dentist, physio appointments, and not to forget the flights and hotel for a trip to Dubai in March. On ...
Posted: Feb 01 2020 @ 1:56 PM
Last week's post was about lifestyle even though I knew that meant it would get less reads - finance focused post are much more popular. Despite being less read, those that commented were in favour of lifestyle posts, perhaps because the doubters simply didn't read it so were never going to comment.One comment was that "lifestyle posts are more interesting and delve more into the psyche of freedom, purpose, and ...
Posted: Jan 23 2020 @ 11:43 AM
Do Financial Independence and Retire Early blogs concentrate too much on the finance side of the equation? My instinct is that they do focus a lot on the finances, probably because that's what gets the most reads - I know that my non-financial posts get less reads than my posts about money. As to whether it's right to focus so much on the finance, I'm not convinced.I get that the ...
Posted: Jan 18 2020 @ 10:25 AM
What 2020 will bring is up to me. Maybe it was the same when I worked but it didn't always feel that way. I spent more time in the office than anywhere else and too often probably let other things slide into second place. Only since retiring early have I realised it didn't need to be like that. But don't feel sorry for me, in most years I liked my ...
Posted: Jan 10 2020 @ 10:13 AM
Before I retired, the calendar moving from one year to the next wasn't a source of excitement for me. Work was what I spent most of my waking hours doing and ticking over into a new year didn't alter much.That equation changed with early retirement. I'm now in control of my time and therefore I get to set the agenda. New year has become a good time to review whether ...
Posted: Jan 06 2020 @ 3:06 PM
I'm under pressure - today is the 27th December and I'm only now writing my November costs and targets post. Is it a new record for tardiness or a sign that early retirement is still going well and I've been busy doing other things? Hand on heart, I can say the latter, I've been busy. Finishing my travels; visiting family; catching up with friends; getting ready for Christmas; having my ...
Posted: Dec 27 2019 @ 8:14 AM
I’m back home. This year's early retirement travels are over and it’s time to look back over the last three months.Let me first backtrack to the "why" that's behind my travels? It goes back to pre early retirement when I was trying to figure out what would replace work? Part of my answer was to say I would travel.It’s a fairly common response when asked “what will you do?”, “won’t ...
Posted: Dec 21 2019 @ 2:19 PM
It's my last week which means mixed feelings. This year's travel adventure is nearly over but I have getting home to look forward to. My flight leaves LAX on Saturday and before then I’ll visit Napa Valley, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. The coast road is far from the quickest route but surely it’s the most scenic.I arrived in Napa ...
Posted: Dec 15 2019 @ 8:41 AM


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