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As the FIRE concept spreads into the mainstream press, many people are asking…Should you “RE”, or Retire Early? Or instead, is it about quitting a job that you don’t like, or just do for the money, and finding work that you love and that fulfills you? The post To RE or not to RE, That is the Question appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2018 @ 3:00 AM
I absolutely loved working as an Electronics Engineer and could not have imagined getting to a point that would make me walk away from my voluntary 80+ hour weeks. But my last job, which took me to Scotland on an Oil and Gas project, brought me on the adventure of a lifetime. It was truly a million dollars worth of fun. Until it wasn’t. I mean ...
Posted: Oct 08 2018 @ 6:21 PM
We’ve just returned from an epic trip to the Eastern Sierra. I love hiking, but I’m definitely not John Muir. I’m also not Mr. Money Mustache or Paula Pant either. But I was able to quit my job at age 51 and I’ve hiked some of the most incredible trails in the Sierra Nevada. How did I do it? By finding my own pace and ...
Posted: Sep 18 2018 @ 1:57 AM
Just like the stock market, wild ups and downs are part of our plan. If you have enough savings to draw from, then wild swings in your net worth and your annual expenses are normal. To prosper, you have to expect the unexpected. The post Our Expenses are Designed for Wild Swings appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Jul 30 2018 @ 8:24 PM
If we had bought our trailer before we retired, we might have been able to break free years sooner. It reframed our perspective on money and our priorities in life. Why? Because so many things about the trailer and the travels have changed our frame of reference. The post Trailer Trips: A New Frame of Reference appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Jun 27 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Have you ever been fired? It was probably not as wonderful as it was for me. My boss did it in order to keep me working there. A pretty unusual story and the turning point in my life, it was the key to our financial independence. And it saved my health and sanity too. The post My Awesome Boss Fired Me – What a Gift appeared first ...
Posted: May 23 2018 @ 1:52 AM
Running out of money — it’s one of our biggest fears. But my in-laws never gave it any worry. With their high incomes and a home in the heart of San Jose, we never dreamed there was any financial problem. And neither did they. It was just the beginning of a year that we spent solving their late life crisis. Against the odds, it has ...
Posted: Apr 19 2018 @ 7:31 PM
In August of 2003, I was flying from San Francisco to Paris, joining a friend of mine on a trip to Europe.  But just as my plane touched down in New York City, the power went out across the eastern seaboard.  I didn’t know it at the time, but it was going to be three days until the lights came back on and normal operations were restored.  Here I was, without ...
Posted: Mar 29 2018 @ 2:20 AM
I had a dream the other day that I just can’t get out of my head. And it felt so real. I was at FinCon, meeting a lot of experts in personal finance, and I told them I just sold all of my stocks and moved everything into cash. Everyone started yelling at me. “Are you crazy'” and “You’ve got to stay the course, stick with ...
Posted: Mar 16 2018 @ 2:35 AM
Do you really have to go halfway across the world to have an exotic adventure' Or could you do it in your own backyard? Matt and I have been lucky enough to have taken some incredible vacations all over the globe. But, in spite of how awesome these trips have been, each time we came back from a fun and exotic place, I would look around and wonder. ...
Posted: Mar 02 2018 @ 2:13 AM


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