House Hacking?

I recently blogged about going back to work post-FIRE and mentioned consolidating households. I didn’t realize the strong response I’d get about that. I thought I’d get a stronger reaction to going back to work. Because of the response I thought it appropriate to write a little about us moving in with my mother-in-law. FirstContinue reading “House Hacking?”

I’m Going Back To Work.

This year has been a year of change. I have said this many times this year. The changes didn’t stop when I retired either. In fact I am announcing to the FIRE world I went back to work last week after five months of no work. I’ll try my best to explain my reasons. TheContinue reading “I’m Going Back To Work.”

Simple But Not Easy

The other day I learned that someone I got sober with several years ago died from an overdose. Though I hadn’t talked to him in years, this came out of the blue and hit me hard. I know the statistic ‘they’ say that nine in ten people won’t stay sober, but damn. It’s made meContinue reading “Simple But Not Easy”

First Month of Retirement

I have been retired for a month now. I can’t believe it! Like I said in my first week of retirement post, I am more relaxed and happier.  I have had more time for projects. I have had more quality time with friends. And I have had more time for self-care. The biggest adjustment thisContinue reading “First Month of Retirement”

Am I an Imposter?

Imposter Syndrome may be a popular topic or this may be a topic that people don’t want to talk about but I feel that it’s important to discuss the good and the bad while on the journey to financial independence. I don’t always wanna write about how great retirement is because I don’t wanna giveContinue reading “Am I an Imposter?”

First Week of Retirement

Hi and welcome back to Aha FIRE. I quit my job last week on February 1 and today I want to share with you what my experience this first week of retirement has been. Surprisingly to me it didn’t actually go as I expected. What I expected was to be bored and a little depressedContinue reading “First Week of Retirement”

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!!!”