Creating a Tangible Separation from Work When We Retire

The fact that we are retiring at the end of this year is getting more and more real for us, and some of that feels scary. But it also feels crazy exciting for obvious reasons, and for less obvious ones like the forthcoming opportunity to re-engineer our lives to reinforce better habits and avoid triggering the bad ones associated with our current work lives. Continue reading Creating a Tangible Separation from Work When We Retire

Pressure Test Your Financial Plan with the Five What Ifs

It’s so fun and exciting to plan for financial independence and early retirement that it’s easy to focus only on what happens when things go well. But it’s important to pressure test our plans to make sure they will still hold up even if (or when!) things don’t go as planned. Here’s our suggestion on one way to do that. Continue reading Pressure Test Your Financial Plan with the Five What Ifs

The Simple Math of Lifestyle Stagnation, the Biggest Secret of Our Success

We attribute our financial success primarily to three things: not overspending on housing, earning above average incomes, and — as we’ll discuss in detail today — not inflating our lifestyle in many, many years. This “lifestyle stagnation” (think of it as level spending over time) can lead to pretty massive savings potential over time, and today we break it all down. Continue reading The Simple Math of Lifestyle Stagnation, the Biggest Secret of Our Success

Don’t Stop at One Audacious Goal // After FI, What’s Your Next One?

Though early retirement feels like a big goal in and of itself (and it is!), it’s not an endpoint. For most of us, it’s just the beginning, and it’s worth thinking in advance about what your next big audacious goal will be after FIRE. We offer some suggestions here! Continue reading Don’t Stop at One Audacious Goal // After FI, What’s Your Next One?

It’s Okay to Be A Brat When Planning for (Early) Retirement

For a community that’s so into freedom, the financial independence blogosphere can be an awfully strict place with tons of rules. It can be hard to believe that we have the right to do some things just because we feel like it. Today, we give you permission to do exactly that, and share some of our most bratty financial decisions. Continue reading It’s Okay to Be A Brat When Planning for (Early) Retirement

When We’re No Longer “Important” // Ego, Invisibility and Early Retirement

Right now, nearly everything in my work life is set up to remind me that I’m (deliberately in quotes) “important.” How will our egos handle early retirement, when all of that goes away? Will we feel invisible? How can we let go of the fake importance and focus on replacing what truly matters to us? Let’s dive into all of that. Continue reading When We’re No Longer “Important” // Ego, Invisibility and Early Retirement

Making Peace with Working the Full Year // Health Care, Philanthropy and Saying No

The question of when to retire this year — Work the full year? Retire sooner if we hit our numbers? — has been on our minds big time for many months, ever since we realized how ahead of schedule we are on our savings plan. But we’ve made peace with working the full year, and here’s why. Continue reading Making Peace with Working the Full Year // Health Care, Philanthropy and Saying No