I Had a Million Dollars Worth of Fun in Engineering, and I Didn’t Want a Dime More

I Had a Million Dollars Worth of Fun in Engineering, and I Didn’t Want a Dime More

I absolutely loved working as an Electronics Engineer and could not have imagined getting to a point that would make me walk away from my voluntary 80+ hour weeks. But my last job, which took me to Scotland on an Oil and Gas project, brought me on the adventure of a lifetime. It was truly a million dollars worth of fun. Until it wasn’t. I mean really wasn’t.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!”

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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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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.