March and April Budget Update

The last couple months have been a whirlwind of life just happening. I think it has been a reminder that having contingencies built in can be very helpful. Needless to say both months have been over-budget which many will think is a common occurrence. I would agree with that opinion as well. I’ve said itContinue reading “March and April Budget Update”

Gifts of FI Series Part 3: Self-Discovery

As I write these three posts on the gifts of financial independence (FI) I am realizing that each gift is becoming more abstract and more internal. I hadn’t planned it this way but I am discovering that this is my story with FIRE. It’s become more about me and how I interact with money andContinue reading “Gifts of FI Series Part 3: Self-Discovery”

Gifts of FI Series Part 1: Financial Freedom

I want to introduce you to a new three part series outlining the gifts that pursuing financial independence (FI) has given me so far. These gifts are in constant change so in a way they are gifts that keep giving. They have changed from subtle perks to explosive life changing ideas. I will present themContinue reading “Gifts of FI Series Part 1: Financial Freedom”

Don’t stop before the magic happens… the first $100K!!!

That feeling of excitement at the opportunity to discuss investing, or explaining your budget to someone, or rejoicing with a spouse about your work optional date is passion. And for me that passion has taken over my being. I have become engrossed with the idea of FIRE. I love thinking about how money invested isContinue reading “Don’t stop before the magic happens… the first $100K!!!”

January Budget Recap

I suppose I wouldn’t be a FIRE blogger if I didn’t share the obligatory monthly budget. So I have decided to share my actual numbers not so much to be judged but to give a realistic look into the journey. I personally hate reading blogs that give opinions about budgeting or personal finance but failContinue reading “January Budget Recap”

What is a yearly budget and how can it help?

Discovering the idea of writing a yearly budget was literally my Aha! moment. I had just started budgeting but on a monthly basis a couple months prior. I felt like it was going well when an unexpected annual expense came up and I wasn’t sure how to handle it within the monthly budget. At thisContinue reading “What is a yearly budget and how can it help?”

Is reaching FI more about overcoming fear?

Fear has been on my mind lately. I’ve been fearful of actually launching this blog. And that brings us to today. A decision to sit down and write about fear. The best way to overcome it is to face it, Right? I grew up in a sometimes challenging environment that didn’t provide me with theContinue reading “Is reaching FI more about overcoming fear?”

Why a Blog?

I asked myself this question a lot over the last couple years. Yes, the last couple years. That’s how long it has taken me to finally pull the trigger. The reason I wanted to create a blog was to share my experience with my FIRE journey. The biggest question became why not. Why not shareContinue reading “Why a Blog?”

Why another FIRE blog and who am I?

Why not another FIRE blog!?!? I decided to launch this blog as a way to give back to the community that over the years has provided so much wisdom and encouragement. Over the years I have watched the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) community change from just, Dave Ramsey to MMM, to now hundreds ofContinue reading “Why another FIRE blog and who am I?”