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Financial Independence Is a Good Goal, But a Bad Goalpost

Almost a year ago, we realized that we’d reached financial independence. And reaching it hasn’t been anything like what we might have expected. Our FI life is still life, with all the usual ups and downs. Some things are better, but most things are the same. This year has taught us: Financial independence is a good goal, but a bad goalpost. Continue reading Financial Independence Is a Good Goal, But a Bad Goalpost

OurNextLife.com // Our Big Epiphany: We Will Earn Money In the Future // Earning Money in Retirement, Planning to Supplement Savings with Income in Retirement

Our Big Epiphany: We Will Earn Money in Retirement

Our early retirement plan has gone through a lot of iterations, but one thing has remained constant: our insistence that we never want to have to work again. But we’re starting to realize that we’ve been thinking about this the wrong way. Come join us as we trace our journey to our recent epiphany that we will earn money in the future, even after we retire. Continue reading Our Big Epiphany: We Will Earn Money in Retirement

That Thing? You Don't Need It // Invest in things that add value to your life, not things that just add cache.

You Don’t Need That Thing // On Cachet Vs. Value

We are not the poster children for frugality or for minimalism, but we are constantly surrounded by people who have bought all these things. And we want to shout: you don’t need any of it! It only makes you look like you are good at something, versus actually being good at it. Here’s how we learned to separate the things that only add cachet from the things that add actual value to our lives. Continue reading You Don’t Need That Thing // On Cachet Vs. Value

OurNextLife.com // How Combined Finances Helped Us Get to FIRE Faster // We're big believers in combined finances *for us* (though maybe not for everyone!) // Married finances, money management for couples, couples' finances

How Combined Finances Helped Us Get to FIRE Faster

We don’t pretend to know whether what we do with our money will work just as well for other couples, but today we’re talking about something we do know for sure: We are going to be able to retire earlier because we have fully combined finances. We’ll also trace our history of money management as a couple, and look at the money-related feelings that give us extra momentum toward FIRE. Continue reading How Combined Finances Helped Us Get to FIRE Faster

OurNextLife.com // Quitting the Hustle For Good // You Don't Have to Side Hustle

Quitting the Hustle for Good // Plus Why It’s Okay Not to Side Hustle

Today we’re talking about hustling — both of the generating business variety (ever-present in our careers) and the oft-discussed side hustle. We’ve done a lot of both, and will share what we’ve learned along the way — including giving you permission if you want it to stop side hustling altogether. Continue reading Quitting the Hustle for Good // Plus Why It’s Okay Not to Side Hustle

OurNextLife.com // Will Freedom From Deadlines in Early Retirement Be a Good Thing? / Deadlines and Structure, Procrastination, Freedom from Deadlines

Will Freedom from Deadlines in Early Retirement Be a Good Thing?

As early retirement gets closer, something that we find ourselves getting especially impatient about is the arbitrary nature of deadlines. The notion of being free from deadlines can be extremely appealing, especially for procrastinators like us. But is a deadline-free life really a good thing? Continue reading Will Freedom from Deadlines in Early Retirement Be a Good Thing?