I started my FI journey after Carl (from 1500 Day to Freedom) retired early. Our philosophy was inspired by his advice to slow down and enjoy the journey. In fact, he called his own FI journey a “death march to financial independence” and urges people to avoid making the same mistakes.
Sometimes, it feels like day-to-day progress is slow. This is why I love reflecting back. It help me realize just how far we’ve come. There are so many things we learned and accomplished in our third year pursuing FI!
When I think of the gig economy, I usually think of driving for Uber, shopping with Instacart, walking dogs with Rover, or charging scooters. started thinking differently a few months ago when I heard from Emily Kirk. When Emily shared that she worked in the gig economy as a nurse, I knew I needed to learn more.
I have seen poverty with my own eyes, and it has been hard to reconcile with my cushy lifestyle. I’ve made progress in changing my thought process, but I still struggle to reconcile my privileged life with those living in extreme poverty. These experiences will always be like a stone in my shoe – slightly uncomfortable, always keeping me on my toes, and reminding me how fortunate I am. But it doesn’t mean I need to avoid money or let beliefs about scarcity limit me.
We just spent $60,000 on a brand NEW Mercedes Sprinter Van that we plan to convert into a camper-van. In this post, we will share the steps that we took to feel comfortable and confident in making such a large purchase.
The thought of investing in ourselves and our growth can bring up a lot of limiting beliefs. Will it be a waste of time and money? Will I feel guilty? Should I just try to learn everything on my own with free resources? Here’s how I’ve worked through my own limiting beliefs that held me back from investing in myself.
Natalie works seasonally in a tax preparation business. This allows her to work for 4 months each year and, essentially, take 7-8 months off. It’s like she gets to take a mini-retirement every year. In this Slow FI interview, she talks about how this was possible for her and how she spends her time during the off-season.
After Simone Biles stepped down from the Olympics, there’s been a renewed conversation regarding mental health vs. results. This got me thinking about how this relates to work. After I recovered from my severe mental health crisis from 2018, I came to understand the early warning indicators that you should consider finding a new job. If you are experiencing any these things, don’t try to stick it out. Maybe your emotions are telling you it’s time to get out.
Human beings are terrible at predicting what will make us happy. This is why we must experiment and try things out. This post walks through what we learned in our vanlife experiment and how you can design your own experiments to test your future plans.