We’re stoked to host a community of planners and dreamers, cheering each other on as we forge our own paths to lives we affirmatively opt in to, instead of lives we fall into by default.
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.
Here are some of our favorite posts and discussions:
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.
- How Do You Define Financial Independence… We Might Be There
- All the Charts // Our Progress Toward Early Retirement
- Choosing Our Financial Independence Day
- How We Pay Ourselves First // Advice for Money-Conscious Non-Budgeters
- How We’ll Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Budget // Managing Our Finances in Retirement
- What’s Our Money Really For? // There’s More to Life Than Future Goals
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.
- How to Define Ourselves in Retirement // Creating a New Vision of Self Worth
- What We Want to Do When We Grow Up // Becoming More Useful in Early Retirement
- In Early Retirement, What’s to Stop Us From Getting Old Too Fast?
- Why We Aren’t Going to Complain About Work Anymore
- What We’ll Actually Miss About Work
What we dream about for our 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.
- Craving the Open Road // Our Early Retirement Travel Vision
- Practicing a Simpler Life // Rehearsal for Early Retirement
- 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
- Dirtbag Dreams // Reaching the Summit (guest post at Eat the Financial Elephant)
The touchy-feely topics
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?
- What Do You Want Your Tombstone to ? Defining Our Purpose
- Living Simply Equals Living By Design (guest post at the Frugal Cottage)
- Moving On From Badass // Privilege and Early Retirement
- How Blogging Has Changed Our Finances and Our Hearts
- 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