Tanya Hester recently published her book “Work Optional.” After appreciating all of Tanya’s work at OurNextLife.com, I knew that I needed to read her book. I was not disappointed. The book provided a lot of helpful insights, made me think more deeply about my ideal life and the various options for how to get there. While there were a number of unique insights, I’m confident that this book would also be accessible to someone not familiar with personal finance or financial independence.
Since discovering financial independence, I have begun to redefine my life’s priorities, including expectations around the size of our home. Adjusting your perspective is never easy, and my expectation around our home size is no exception. A big part of this transformation has been applying the financial independence concept of “enough” to these deep-rooted expectations around our home. As part of this change, I have gone from always wanting more to now understanding our home as a mansion. We have more than enough.
I used to spend money without even thinking about it. When I was introduced to Financial Independence, I started to think about money in a different way. The concept that completely shifted my paradigm was that instead of using your money to buy stuff, you can use your money to buy back your time. This mindset shift changed everything for me.
Now that we have embarked on our journey to financial independence, actively pursuing a life with more meaning and happiness, I have a completely new perspective on life. While it did not happen overnight, this new perspective is radically different than how I used to see the world and how the majority of Americans live their lives. This new perspective, and arguably the financial independence movement, is driven by one of the most powerful words: enough.
I learned about FIRE (Financially Independence Retire Early) in the latter part of 2017, but didn’t commit to FI until I learned what would motivate me for a sustained period of time. Motivating yourself on the path of financial independence starts with understanding change management and leveraging both your rational mind and emotions.
FI is more than just the mechanics of saving money and retiring early. FI is about discovering your passions and what will bring you meaning, purpose, and happiness in your life, and pursuing those things both after your FI and along the journey. There are many paths for discovering your passions. I chose a path of self-reflection, discovery, exploration, and experimentation.