Why You Should Pursue Financial Independence Even If You Don’t Want to Retire Early

Even though I don’t want to retire early, this doesn’t mean I am no longer pursuing financial independence. It’s actually quite the opposite. I am more excited about our pursuit of financial independence because of the complexity of our journey. It’s no longer as simple as finding a balance between work and no work. It’s a journey of self-discovery, dreaming big, working toward goals, re-engineering our life, diving into entrepreneurship, and so much more.

Balancing Work and Family with Part-Time Employment

Meet Mr. and Mrs. GovWorker. Mr. and Mrs. GovWorker live in the midwest. They both work government jobs and have three kids, ages 3-to-11. Mr. and Mrs. GovWorker also don’t have a set timeline to reach financial independence. They learned about FI in 2018 when reading a Money Magazine feature. Their decision to pursue FI came when they realized that they were already more than halfway to FI and would love the extra time to enjoy life together. In this interview in the slowing down series, Mr. GovWorker shares how their family of five has achieved more balance since Mrs. GovWorker recently was able to transition her role from 5 to 4 days/week.

How We Manage Our Money

I’m here to pull back the curtain and share how we manage our finances. Most of these practices were already in place before I got involved. Now that I am more aware and involved, I now realize how lucky I am to have a partner who has been so conscientious about our finances. It was Mr. Fioneer who set us up for success from the very beginning.

4 Techniques to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

The vast majority of people in the world have experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. Imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to an internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud, despite evidence of success. I recently experienced imposter syndrome and have learned new ways to overcome it. Here are four ways you can combat imposter syndrome.

Coast to Financial Independence through Semi-Retirement

Semi-retirement means that you have already saved enough for a traditional retirement, but you still need to cover some or all of your daily expenses through active income. Since you are no longer in the “accumulation phase,” you can usually pursue things you are interested in often on a part-time, contract, or freelance basis. Michelle is a semi-retired woman in her mid-30s from South Australia. She’s focused her career in the arts and is an avid traveler. I am incredibly inspired by Michelle’s story, and I hope you will be too.

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