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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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One of the biggest things I've discovered in the last year is how badly I still want to be challenged despite having left my career behind. In fact, I want it so badly that I'm having to redefine what "challenge" even means to me. A real challenge involves some risk, even if that's only emotional risk. Let's talk about why it's so important -- and beneficial -- to do the ...
Posted: Feb 12 2020 @ 5:57 AM
It's exactly two years since we waved goodbye to our careers and embarked on our early retirement, what we always thought of as our next life. Now we're reflecting on what we've learned and accomplished in these first two years of this next chapter of life, along with what we want to change in year 3. ...
Posted: Dec 16 2019 @ 5:46 AM
I'm gradually moving toward a less frequent blogging schedule, driven largely by the evolving way I'm viewing and experiencing life in early retirement. This second year of early retirement has been a lot different from the first, and as I learn and evolve more, I'm discovering new ways of approaching life and purpose that sometimes come with uncomfortable realizations. In other words: I'm finally having that reckoning of sorts of ...
Posted: Sep 16 2019 @ 6:51 AM
In early retirement, we have the opportunity to make life easy, maybe too easy. And while that may sound great (no commute! no travel at the most crowded times!), a life that's too easy is actually bad for us. Let's dig into why that is and what we should all do instead. ...
Posted: Jul 29 2019 @ 5:26 AM
If you're on the journey to a work optional life, or you're already retired, you have probably spent some time pondering what you truly value most, and what doesn't add value to your life. But do you spend accordingly, and -- importantly -- without guilt? If not, this post is for you, talking all about giving yourself permission to spend on what you value most, whatever it is, and regardless ...
Posted: Jul 22 2019 @ 8:00 AM
Since I've been early retired, I've worked much more than I ever expected, but I also earned little to nothing from that work, by design. And separating work from the money -- and hustling for reasons other than financial gain -- have taught me several huge lessons. Let's dig into them. ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 4:56 AM
Today's post is by Mark, his second ever here on the blog, and it's such a good one. He's sharing some insight into his transition into early retirement, which has been different from mine in several ways, and the big lessons he's taken from that, namely the importance of knowing yourself and getting to know yourself. ...
Posted: Jun 17 2019 @ 5:50 AM
Today I'm tackling a popular and contentious principle in the FIRE community: the 4% rule. I've written about a major flaw of the "rule" before, namely that it relies on a false myth of level spending year over year in retirement, but today I'm taking on whether we can actually expect the 4% rule to give us enough of a margin of safety in the future. ...
Posted: Jun 10 2019 @ 9:15 AM
Achieving a big financial goal like early retirement is made possible by committing to saving aggressively. But when I look back at our years when we were so focused on saving, the things I regret aren't the times when we didn't save enough, they're times when we didn't spend on once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today I'm sharing one such instances, and the lesson I learned from it that it's a mistake to ...
Posted: May 20 2019 @ 5:30 AM
What is "work" anyway? It's a question that plenty of folks will expend a great deal of oxygen on, and which we won't answer here today. But we will talk about why it's problematic when people decide to impose a particular definition of work on others, and what that tells us about our collective messed up relationship with work. ...
Posted: May 06 2019 @ 5:17 AM


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