To RE or not to RE, That is the Question

To RE or not to RE, That is the Question

As the FIRE concept spreads into the mainstream press, many people are asking…Should you “RE”, or Retire Early? Or instead, is it about quitting a job that you don’t like, or just do for the money, and finding work that you love and that fulfills you?

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My Jane Muir Hikes — Finding Your Own Pace and Path to FI

My Jane Muir Hikes — Finding Your Own Pace and Path to FI

We’ve just returned from an epic trip to the Eastern Sierra. I love hiking, but I’m definitely not John Muir. I’m also not Mr. Money Mustache or Paula Pant either. But I was able to quit my job at age 51 and I’ve hiked some of the most incredible trails in the Sierra Nevada. How did I do it? By finding my own pace and my own path.

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Trailer Trips: A New Frame of Reference

Trailer Trips: A New Frame of Reference

If we had bought our trailer before we retired, we might have been able to break free years sooner. It reframed our perspective on money and our priorities in life. Why? Because so many things about the trailer and the travels have changed our frame of reference.

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I Bought Myself A Job After FI

I Bought Myself A Job After FI

We’ve ended up with a much safer retirement nest egg that we had worried about before quitting our jobs. Why? Partly, because just after I left my real job and entered the world of financial freedom, I “bought” myself a side gig. It was 2011 and real estate was on sale everywhere. Even crazy, leaky, old falling apart places with great possibilities to someone just crazy enough to try it. Like me!

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I Had This Dream That I Sold All My Stocks

I Had This Dream That I Sold All My Stocks

I had a dream the other day that I just can’t get out of my head. And it felt so real. I was at FinCon, meeting a lot of experts in personal finance, and I told them I just sold all of my stocks and moved everything into cash. Everyone started yelling at me. “Are you crazy?” and “You’ve got to stay the course, stick with your plan” and “Don’t you know you can’t time the market?”

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Maybe It’s Time to Stop Your WINE-ing

Maybe It’s Time to Stop Your WINE-ing

Uh-oh. I have a problem. I’ve gone over 5 months now without a glass of wine. And it’s great! Yet, I ask myself why it is that we in the FI community are cutting every last penny, just to gather and celebrate over some beers. Maybe it’s time to stop our whining. Or wine-ing!

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Saved by the Bubble — Nearly Running Out of Money at 88

Saved by the Bubble — Nearly Running Out of Money at 88

Running out of money — it’s one of our biggest fears. But my in-laws never gave it any worry. With their high incomes and a home in the heart of San Jose, we never dreamed there was any financial problem. And neither did they. It was just the beginning of a year that we spent solving their late life crisis. Against the odds, it has turned out great. Because they were saved by the bubble!

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Where Backpacking and Financial Independence Cross Paths

Where Backpacking and Financial Independence Cross Paths

I just returned from my 2nd backpacking trip ever!  I am still filled with a sense of enthusiasm and energy.  What an experience it is to put everything you need to live for a few days on your back and head out into the wilderness.  As I went out the door, I could not help but think of so many similarities between backpacking and the pursuit of financial independence.

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Wear A Flower in Your Hair

Wear A Flower in Your Hair

When You’re Going to San Francisco (Sacramento Actually), Be Sure to Wear a Flower in Your Hair”!

I’m so stoked. Friday night we gathered for the first meetup of our local Sacramento ChooseFI group. Yeah! It was at a brewery and we’d never met before. I wondered before I left the house.

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The Ultimate Escape Room – The Cubicle

The Ultimate Escape Room – The Cubicle

Have you experienced the new team sensation – The Escape Room? People pay to be locked into a room with a group of people, working together to use clues to solve puzzles, open locks, and escape out of the room in one hour.

I went with a group of friends recently to try this out and we had a blast. It occurred to me that the actual locked room that we need to escape is … THE CUBICLE!

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FI Ideas

Brainstorming Ideas from Brilliant People in the Financial Independence Community

Financial Independence Ideas

People make their own cages with work and money, not realizing that there is a way out if we “see the light”!

Come join me as we explore FI Ideas that will help you find a way to get more freedom.  Using great content from blogs, podcasts, books and YouTube, together, let’s create a path to FI.

Standing Out

Standing Out

What does it mean to be out of your comfort zone? Fritz, over at The Retirement Manifesto, just wrote a really inspiring post called Living Life At The Limits. I love reading different bloggers in the FI community. Ever since I quit my job (others call it retiring!), I’ve been trying to keep growing, which means doing things that scare me. So what does all this have to do with Financial Independence?

My Awesome Boss Fired Me – What a Gift

My Awesome Boss Fired Me – What a Gift

Have you ever been fired? It was probably not as wonderful as it was for me. My boss did it in order to keep me working there. A pretty unusual story and the turning point in my life, it was the key to our financial independence. And it saved my health and sanity too.

Without Power – 3 Days at JFK

Without Power – 3 Days at JFK

In August of 2003, I was flying from San Francisco to Paris, joining a friend of mine on a trip to Europe.  But just as my plane touched down in New York City, the power went out across the eastern seaboard.  I didn’t know it at the time, but it was going to be three days until the lights came back on and normal operations were restored.  Here I was, without power, without technology, without food and without money.

This Car Took Me To The Moon

This Car Took Me To The Moon

People who knew me anytime in the years 1988 to 2010 think of this car. My 1983 Mercedes 240 Diesel. I personally put 500,000 miles on it over 22 years commuting to the cubicle as an Electrical Engineer. When I look back at all of the things that led me to early financial independence, this car is top of the list.

Travel the World, Stay in Stockton

Travel the World, Stay in Stockton

Do you really have to go halfway across the world to have an exotic adventure? Or could you do it in your own backyard? Matt and I have been lucky enough to have taken some incredible vacations all over the globe. But, in spite of how awesome these trips have been, each time we came back from a fun and exotic place, I would look around and wonder. “Hmmm – I think I could experience that right here in Stockton!”