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
- Syndicated on MarketWatch — here, here and many more
- Mad Fientist podcast
- Rockstar Finance best money blogs and best early retirement blogs
- Bloomberg Infomoney
- Cait Flanders
- Two-time Plutus Awards finalist — 2015 (best retirement blog) and 2016 (best financial independence blog)
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.
- Our Full Financial Plan and Philosophy
- Waking Up in a Paid-Off House // A Farewell to Our Mortgage
- The Simple Math of Lifestyle Stagnation, the Biggest Secret of Our Success
- Our Big Epiphany: We Will Earn Money in Retirement
- How We’ll Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Budget // Finances in Retirement
- What’s Our Money Really For? // There’s More to Life Than Future Goals
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.
- Creating Your Community // #FinCon16 Recap
- Don’t Listen to Us // Blogs Don’t Tell the Full FI Story
- A Thought Experiment for the Retirement Police // Where’s the Line on Retirement?
- Not Fostering Comparison // Are We the Joneses?
- How Blogging Has Sped Our Progress to Financial Independence
- Reconciling Our Online Selves and Real Life
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.
- The Importance of Pacing Yourself on the Road to Financial Independence
- Why We’re Not Going to Complain About Work Anymore
- 2017: The Year of “No”
- The Great Flip-Flop // How We’ve Reversed Roles on Our Retirement Timing
- Conquering Impatience on the Road to Financial Independence
- To Care or Not To Care // The Work Mindset As Retirement Nears
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.
- Replicate What You’re Great At in Early Retirement
- Don’t Stop at One Audacious Goal // After FI, What’s Your Next One?
- When We’re No Longer “Important” // Ego, Invisibility and Early Retirement
- How to Define Ourselves in Retirement // Creating a New Vision of Self Worth
- Making Sure Our Retirement Is a Long and Healthy One // Planning for Longevity
- The End of the Perks // Preparing to Say Goodbye to the Upside of Work
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.
- The Unstructured Early Retirement Dress Rehearsal
- What Do You Want Your Tombstone to Say? Defining Our Purpose
- Crafting a Life That Keeps the Stoke High
- Craving the Open Road // Our Early Retirement Travel Vision
- Living Simply with Plenty of Stuff // Why We Never Plan to Downsize Radically
- Should You Move to Retire? // Why We Moved to a Small Town
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?
- Of Boosts and Bootstraps // One Story, Two Ways
- How Subsidies Make Early Retirement Possible, Even Without Obamacare
- Go Beyond Gratitude // With Great Wealth Comes Great Responsibility
- The Use It Up Challenge, and Our Nothing New Year
- The Road Less Traveled Challenge
- Why Married Early Retirees Should See Our Marriages As Our Most Important Investments
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.
- This Is Not My Beautiful House // This Is Not My Beautiful Wife
- The Best Bad Money Decision We Ever Made // The History of Us
- The Flight Attendant Who Blew Our Minds // Life Lessons at 30,000 Feet
- Our Sliding Doors Weekend // The Expensive Future That Could Have Been
- Why The Urgency // Why We’re In Such a Big Hurry to Retire Early
- None of This Feels Real // On Big Numbers and Abstract Concepts
Guest Posts on Blogs We Love
Our Next Life posts from around the blog community.
- The Woods, Mountains and Happiness Within (guest post at Cait Flanders)
- Making the Most of Missed Opportunities (guest post at Northern Expenditure)
- Breaking the Family and Money Taboo (guest post at Think Save Retire)
- Living Simply Equals Living By Design (guest post at the Frugal Cottage)
- Dirtbag Dreams // Reaching the Summit (guest post at Eat the Financial Elephant)
- FIRE Advice for Noobs (guest post at From Frugal to Free)
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