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Our Next Life
Early Retirement
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Small mountain town, Western USA, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Latest Blog Posts

If we know we can't achieve something the way someone else did, or the way we might have originally have envisioned for ourselves, it's easy to throw up our hands and decide that it's not even worth trying. Here's how I let go of the idea of perfection to get on a better financial path, and some tips for how you can stop letting notions of perfection and imperfection hold ...
Posted: May 21 2018 @ 6:43 AM
The title of this one says it all. ;-) I'm writing a book, you guys! And I'm stoked to tell you all about it -- where the dream originated, how it happened that it's getting published and when you can get your hands on it. The post When Early Retirement Makes Your Dreams Possible // I’m Writing a Book! appeared first on Our Next Life. ...
Posted: May 07 2018 @ 7:26 AM
It may seem like an odd thing to say, but as focused as I was on retiring early for so many years, I'm actually glad that I didn't retire even earlier than I did. "Why's that, you crazy person?" you might be wondering. Well read on, because there are a bunch of reasons that just might help others feel better about the work you do en route to early retirement. The ...
Posted: May 02 2018 @ 5:07 AM
You might be surprised to know when I truly felt financially independent, and it had nothing to do with leaving behind my career or being able to sleep until noon every day if I feel like it. (Though those are pretty great, too.) Instead, it was when I knew that Mark and I would both be okay financially whether we stay together or not. The post In a Couple? Aim for ...
Posted: Apr 30 2018 @ 5:06 AM
Nearly everyone who achieves financial independence feels some level of impatience at some point, and that's normal. But it's especially easy these days to cross the line from normal impatience to borderline obsession, which only magnifies and worsens that impatience. Here's some of what we did -- and what we WISH we'd done -- to get through the middle saving years slog. The post Getting Through the Middle Saving Years ...
Posted: Apr 25 2018 @ 7:25 AM
I recently screwed something up, in part because I went the cheap route instead of spending money to do it right. And it was expensive to fix. But in the end, it was exactly the nudge I needed to grab ahold of my freedom in a different way. Sounds deep, right? It's not. Or is it? (It is.) The post When An Expensive Mistake Is Really the Nudge You Need To ...
Posted: Apr 18 2018 @ 6:04 AM
I've written a bunch of times over the years about how important it is to branch out socially and make new friends in early retirement, especially if your work was particularly social and its absence will leave a void. We wasted no time in our hustle for new friends. Come see the results. The post Hustling Hard for New Friends in Early Retirement appeared first on Our Next Life. ...
Posted: Apr 16 2018 @ 5:12 AM
Even though we're not in the savings phase of our early retirement journey, we often talk about what we'd do differently if we were just now starting to save at this point in time. Here's a rundown on what we'd change about our approach, and what we'd do the same. The post What We’d Do Differently If We Were Just Starting to Save Now appeared first on Our Next Life. ...
Posted: Apr 09 2018 @ 5:04 AM
I get that there are plenty of folks who see early retirement as a selfish, lazy act that will ultimately make us drains on society. But those folks are ignoring the social good that each of us can do simply by quitting our jobs, as well as the incredible potential that early retirement offers each of us to do so much more. The post The Social Good of Quitting Your Job ...
Posted: Apr 04 2018 @ 5:17 AM
Building on the recent post on simple living, we're working on going to the next level and living more slowly, which is as much a mindset as anything that anyone could see. The only problem? We don't actually know how to live slowly, because we've never done it! But we're not afraid to put in the effort to learn how. After all, we've never been retired before, so it's bonkers ...
Posted: Apr 02 2018 @ 6:29 AM


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