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Learn more about about the couple behind Our Next Life at About Us, check out our Early Retirement Plan, or dive right in to some of our best posts below.

Ms ONL (that's me!) coming at ya with a big hug from the deep powder!We’re all about sparking discussion, and that often means delving deep into the aspects of early retirement that aren’t strictly financial — what we dream about in retirement, how we’ll define ourselves post-career, how we’ll be healthier after ditching the job stress, what we might actually miss about work — the stickier issues that sometimes get overlooked while plotting out retirement income or savings rates.

Our Next Life includes hundreds of posts, so to spare you from sifting through all of that, below are links to some of our best posts by category, along with other places we’ve been featured. Enjoy!

Featured Elsewhere and Awards

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Financial Goals

We’re committed to quitting at the end of 2017, whether or not we’ve reached the magic number we have in mind. We’re both allergic to budgets, but have had great success with a pay-yourself-first strategy that we’ve elevated to an art form — that is, we’re super good at hiding money from ourselves before we can think to spend it. And we’ve done a lot of thinking about how we can be flexible once we do retire, fitting our lifestyle to whatever funds we’ll have available to us.

Blog Community

We’re huge fans of the FIRE (financial independence/retire early) blog community, and feel lucky to be a part of it. Sometimes that means writing about blogging, building community or fighting back against those who don’t believe that what so many of us are doing is truly possible. And sometimes it means calling out our community when we’re not being completely transparent with readers.

Getting to Early Retirement

Though early retirement is the starting line, not the goal post, it still takes most of us many years to be able to walk away from traditional work. We’ve thought a lot about how to get through those working years.

Transitioning to Retirement

We think a lot about what it will mean day-to-day, and for our sense of self, when we no longer have careers that define us. We definitely have careers that you could call “high powered” — consulting for powerful people, fancy titles, lots of travel, more pay than we require. While that comes with a lot of stress that we’re eager to leave behind, we also wonder if we’ll feel an unanticipated void when we quit.

What We Dream About for Retirement

Like most aspiring retirees, we spend a lot of time reflecting on what we want our lives to be like after we ditch the careers, what we think of as “our next life.” We imagine a lot of time to travel, get outdoors in our mountain town, and discover what our true life’s purpose is.

Questioning Social Norms

We love thinking not just about retirement and what our retirement will look like, but social norms in general. Obviously retiring early is a big diversion from “normal,” so for those of us who are already accustomed to thinking differently, why stop there?

Storytelling

And sometimes we just like to tell a good story about things that have shaped our lives, or experiences that are too powerful not to share.

Guest Posts on Blogs We Love

Our Next Life posts from around the blog community.

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19 thoughts on “Start Here

  1. Hi, i love the transparency. Great job! I’m very excited to see you progress in your journey and your insight. I wanted to let you know that I shared you blog post about minimizing home expenses to reach FI sooner on my facebook page:)

  2. Hello ONL, I can’t quickly find a place to email you or message you privately or on a general page, so I thought I’d post here. If there is a place to message you/your blog site privately and you’d prefer that, please let me know.

    I have 2 main questions I wanted to share. First, I am curious about whether the two of you rely on a “higher power” to help you make decisions. I know your decisions about retiring early (and really your life plans overall) are well thought out and “felt” out–meaning that I think they have an emotional basis as well, and it seems a sort of “secular” definition of spirit or inner guide, well, guides you. I’m curious about how you define your spirituality and whether there is an entity outside of yourselves that you rely on for support.

    You know what, I think I’m going to just go with that question for now . . . I’d hate to overshadow something I see as so important with something else. I may share the other question in the future. Thank you!

  3. Found your other site about Sedona and then was referred to this site. What made you change your mind from Jan 2015 to move to Sedona to Nov 2015 to not?

    1. Hi Brenda. We’re thrilled to have you reading here, but I think the site you want is Think Save Retire. Steve and Courtney who write that blog had originally planned to move to Sedona, and are now doing the full-time airstream RV travel gig. ;-) thinksaveretire.com

  4. Hi, I am new to your page (love it, and am finding so many similarities between you guys and my husband and I – he actually flagged this site for me because we sound pretty similar!) … question, and maybe you do have it somewhere… but what is your financial goal for retirement? Is it the 4%/25 times your yearly expenses number? That is about what we’re aiming for but it’s always interesting to hear if other folks place a lot of stock in that. We’re aiming for a specific number and hope to retire in mid 2018, when I’ll be 38 and my husband will be 40. Thank you for any and all advice you can share!

    1. Hi Jessica! It’s a more complicated answer than just 4%/25x, unfortunately. This post gives a general breakdown on our plan, but sadly I’ve never seen anyone come up with a magical early retirement formula that assumes you might need different amounts in your taxable vs. tax-deferred funds. Take a read and let me know if you have questions! https://ournextlife.com/2016/02/17/how-we-calculated-our-numbers-for-each-phase-of-early-retirement/

  5. Hey there… I’ve been poking around and I was wondering – do you have anything on here that is a list of all your posts so that if someone were super motivated, he/she might be able to read things from oldest to newest post? Maybe it’s here and I can’t find it. I’m just sort an orderly person like that and don’t like to click around too randomly. thx.

    1. Best option is to go to “archive” in the sidebar and go back to the earliest month (January 2015), and then click “next post” at the bottom of each as you finish. But there are currently 259 posts, so you’re talking about a veeeeerrrrry big undertaking. ;-)

      1. ok… somehow I didn’t quite make it to that point after clicking around for several minutes. So, I read the MMM blog like that, like a book.
        It took me several weeks to get through the whole thing. And I don’t have to read all of them as I started reading your blog a little less than a year ago. Just curious to see where you came from to where you are now and if there are things I need to learn. I do like how you changed to capital punctuation, though. :) I have 9 days until the Warriors play in the NBA finals, and let’s just say this is cheap, mind-expanding (not mind numbing) entertainment between now and then and probably will take me several weeks more. And, no offense meant by this comment, if I get bored with a topic, I tend to skim or skip on to the next thing. I’m sure none of your content is boring, however.

        1. Haha, no offense taken. ;-) You know it makes me super happy if this blog counts as entertainment!

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