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A Purple Life
Finance, Early Retirement, Food, Travel
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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I feel like people are always calling me a weirdo for some aspect of my life. I’ve started to wear the label with pride. One part of my life that seems to be met with the most shock and horror lately is that I walk my groceries home. This might be surprising to friends because … Continue reading Why I Enjoy Walking My Groceries Home ...
Posted: Nov 13 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Lake Union, Seattle I have a confession to make: I didn’t come to all these wonderful conclusions about how to retire at 30 all by myself. In fact, there were years where I completely resisted the idea. My partner actually convinced me to try FIRE and I’m here to share all the gory details.  My … Continue reading How To Convince Your Partner To Retire Early ...
Posted: Nov 06 2018 @ 6:00 AM
The responses to my last post helped drive home the point that everyone’s retirement and pre-retirement is unique. Both should be tailored to what you crave in life and what brings you the most joy. Recently a friend asked me what my perfect day looked like. After I finished answering her, I realized that I … Continue reading How I Imagine A Day In Early Retirement ...
Posted: Oct 30 2018 @ 5:00 AM
When someone learns that I want to retire early I get a variety of reactions. The most common one is actually indifference 🙂 , which works for me. The second most common reaction involves asking why I’m waiting for a far off goal instead of pursuing other options to change my life NOW. This came … Continue reading Why I Pursue FIRE Instead Of Other Options ...
Posted: Oct 23 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Visiting the Oregon Coast for the first time on my 29th birthday. A great place to contemplate 401(k) matches! It finally happened – 7 years out of college and I am finally getting my first 401k match! I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long (yes, I have weird dreams – deal with it). While working … Continue reading My First 401(k) Match, An Updated Salary and Inching Closer to Early ...
Posted: Oct 16 2018 @ 5:00 AM
For the first 5 years of my career – with 5 different companies – I never received a performance review. Not once. Not even after asking and hounding my manager for months. I hounded him because I was told performance reviews were how your manager evaluated you to give you raises and promotions, but as … Continue reading Are Performance Reviews Useless? ...
Posted: Oct 09 2018 @ 5:00 AM
How is 2018 75% done?! I am both skeptical and surprised. Above is a snapshot of my Q3 spending from YNAB. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty: And for a month by month breakdown: CHANGELINGS I call this section “changelings” because they’re the items that change the most month to month. So what happened this quarter? … Continue reading Q3 Budget Check-In 2018 ...
Posted: Oct 02 2018 @ 5:00 AM
So you might have noticed that I like planning. It’s literally one of my favorite things. Even when I know that something could change or become moot, such as tax laws, just creating a plan for how I’m going to not pay taxes in retirement for example (since I’ll have no income) is super satisfying … Continue reading 2 Years Until Retirement: The Master Plan ...
Posted: Sep 25 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Today I’m happy to introduce the first guest post on this site with a very special guest: My Mom! As I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog, she was my main inspiration in starting my journey to financial independence. She actually retired the same month I started writing this blog. Hopefully her story can … Continue reading How My Mom Retired At 55 ...
Posted: Sep 18 2018 @ 5:00 AM
It’s time to celebrate! Don’t laugh – this is a big deal for me! Quitting and getting laid off is basically a hobby of mine. I’ve had 6 jobs in 7 years. I quit twice and have been laid off 3 times. My shortest stint was 3 weeks. Oh ad agency life! This milestone snuck up … Continue reading My Longest Job Ever: 1 Year, 11 Months ...
Posted: Sep 11 2018 @ 5:00 AM


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