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June 30, 2024 Results from the First Tesla Road Trip

Learn how our EV performed on our recent roadtrip and holiday in Southwest WA.  What I learned from the experience, plus lots of pictures, recommended places to eat, and more 😉

February 5, 2024 Strong Money Household Spending in 2023

A full breakdown how and where we spent our money in 2023, including lots of pictures from throughout the year.  See what changed (and why) and read about our spending plans for 2024.

January 6, 2024 How to Level Up Your Life & Finances In 2024

My best advice for having a great year.  Improving your mindset.  Spending more consciously.  Boosting your income.  Perfecting your investment portfolio.  And living a healthier life.

November 18, 2023 Early Retirement & Post-FI Resources Page

A central hub for content and resources focused specifically on transitioning to FI or semi-retirement life.  My best articles, interviews with others, calculators, social groups and more.

November 15, 2023 Does Renting Make Your Finances More Predictable?

I compare renting vs owning a home and look at which option gives you more control and predictability over your personal finances.  Warning: may trigger homeowners.

October 27, 2023 Retirement Update – Notes from the Other Side #2

An update of how early retirement is unfolding this year.  What I’ve been spending my time on, and how the various parts of my life are going (with plenty of pictures!).

September 23, 2023 Everyday Benefits of Having More Freedom in Your Life

We all know the big benefits of financial independence. But what about the other ways your life might change? There’s a surprising number of important yet often overlooked benefits to having more freedom.

August 8, 2023 What If I Woke Up Broke?

From start to finish, how I would approach the FI journey if I woke up broke. What work I’d do, whether I’d buy or rent, lifestyle, savings rate, etc. Could I do it again, and how long would it take?

April 18, 2023 How to Deal With Those Awkward FIRE Conversations

I share my thoughts on how to talk to friends and family about FIRE, what to tell people about your situation, and navigating those awkward conversations around money and personal finance.

February 28, 2023 Achievement vs Enjoyment (and How to Have Both)

I share my thoughts on moving from being ‘goal focused’ all the time, towards the ‘enjoyment phase’ of your life when you reach FI.  And how to do this while still feeling productive, happy, and doing things that matter to you.

February 18, 2023 The Luxury of Outsourcing (Why I Don’t DIY)

I look at the many pros and cons of DIY vs Outsourcing, and why the tradeoffs are different for everyone. I also share my approach and explain how to figure out what’s best for your situation.

January 7, 2023 How to Spend More Money and Still Become Richer

Why it’s okay to increase your spending as you become wealthier. And how to do it in such a way that guarantees you keep on getting richer. Plus my thoughts on operating like a rich person.

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