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A Purple Life
Finance, Early Retirement, Food, Travel
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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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
It was an accident, I swear! As I mentioned in my post detailing my work history in advertising, I had a mentor that I was introduced to through my cousin. Despite us originally meeting to discuss if I should try a new career after the hell that was my first job, she referred me to two … Continue reading That Time I Laughed In A Financial Advisor’s Face ...
Posted: Sep 02 2018 @ 5:00 AM
As some of you know, I’ve been writing this blog privately for 3.5 years. It was on the internet, but couldn’t be found or read by others. It served as a way to catalog my journey to financial independence: to show what I was thinking, feeling and what steps I took to accelerate my journey. … Continue reading How Have I Changed After 1 Month of Public Blogging? ...
Posted: Aug 28 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Our living room view in Ecuador My trip to Ecuador allowed me to explore more of my possible early retired life and try to discover who Retired Me might be. There are a few goals I have for retirement that I tried to accomplish during this trip, such as: Go to sleep soon after sunset … Continue reading Another Retirement Prequel ...
We finally did it! After saving intentionally for almost 4 years we reached a new milestone: my partner and I have amassed half a million dollars together. I can hardly believe it. This is a special number for me because it’s the amount I need to retire. Now I know what you’re thinking: Why doesn’t … Continue reading Half A Million Together and Keeping Finances Separate ...
Short answer: No 🙂 . End of post. Just kidding…I’ll explain. A few years ago I was laying on the deserted beach in Vietnam. The wind was blowing through my hair, the waves were crashing, the sun was slowly rising in the sky and I was thinking about…Emails. Yep. Emails. Specifically client emails: “Did I … Continue reading Do Vacations Rejuvenate You' ...
I want to make sure I remember the feeling of a weekend during my working career. I’m sitting here at 8:30pm on a Friday, waiting for someone that owes me a deliverable to email me back. Such is the life of a project manager/ client service person. You bother people, remind them of what’s happening … Continue reading Remember The Feeling Of The Working Weekend ...
There’s a fork in the road – It’s decision time. I am a serious candidate for One More Year Syndrome. I know this. Major life changes are scary and my dislike of unknowns and my discomfort with change just adds to that. When I moved across the country to a city I’d only visited once … Continue reading Planning to Pull the Early Retirement Trigger ...


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