To Travel Long or Travel Short? // The Start of Real Retirement Planning

Something we’re starting to realize is: What we all call retirement planning isn’t really true retirement planning. Money is only a tiny piece of this, and not what most of us will be thinking about daily once we stop working. Real retirement planning is planning for all the rest of life that comes post-career, and for us, a big part of that is travel. So we’re shifting now into *real* retirement planning, and thinking through those big travel questions like how long to stay out, and where to go first. Continue reading To Travel Long or Travel Short? // The Start of Real Retirement Planning

Our Full Financial Plan and Philosophy // + the Mad Fientist Podcast

Today I’m on the Mad Fientist podcast! To celebrate the occasion, we’ve got a monster post with the full rundown on every aspect of our financial plan and financial philosophy, so new readers can get a better sense of us, and long-time followers can see everything all in one place. Continue reading Our Full Financial Plan and Philosophy // + the Mad Fientist Podcast

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

How Blogging Has Sped Our Progress to Financial Independence

Blogging is a hugely time-consuming endeavor, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. But we wouldn’t trade this blog or the time it takes to write it because of how much it has done for us. Today, a closer look at how blogging has sped our progress to financial independence and early retirement. Continue reading How Blogging Has Sped Our Progress to Financial Independence

In Retirement (and Before!), Be Curious and Conscientious

I think of myself as a naturally curious person, and that means that the list of things I want to do in retirement is longer than I’ll ever be able to get through. But even for the naturally curious, it’s worth cultivating both more curiosity and conscientiousness — to achieve success, however we define it, and to give a longer, healthier life. Continue reading In Retirement (and Before!), Be Curious and Conscientious

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