My misery in my job last year led me to appreciate the best parts of FIRE and ultimately to come to a new understanding of the journey to financial independence. It has also informed the core philosophy of our blog (i.e. the journey should be as remarkable as the destination). Over the past several months, I’ve even introduced the new term Slow FI into the FI lexicon, and it’s time to officially define it.
Gwen from Fiery Millennials shares her story in the latest installment of the slowing down series. Gwen shares how she saved a lot of money early in her adult life, which allowed her to later adjust her lifestyle to follow her passions, while still on the path to retire early.
I was recently speaking with Chris Roane from Money Stir. Chris shared with me an interesting story where he decided to take a “step back” in his career after figuring out what kind of work would be a better fit for his skills and personality. When he initially made this decision to switch jobs, he took a fairly substantial pay cut. Less than two years after making this decision to find a job that was a better fit for him, he’s advanced in his career and is now making more money than before.
Back in the fall, when I considered accepting a part-time job, knowing that Angela has previously walked this path made it feel easier to do the same. Angela has also been instrumental in helping me learn to set boundaries at work and say no more frequently. Angela was one of the first people who I thought of when I started this interview series. I’m very excited for Angela to share her story with you.
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.
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.