Getting ourselves into a better financial position is important. It’s equally important to focus on improving our current circumstances while we do it. It could take a few months or years to get us into a financial position to transition. We can actively focus on improving our current circumstances while designing lives we love.
For people pursuing financial freedom, reaching full FI can be such a temptation (even for myself at moments). This is why I’m always interested in hearing the stories of people who are choosing to downshift along the way to FI. I’m so excited to share Court’s story. Court and her family were less than 1 year from reaching full FI when she decided to downshift and take a part-time job.
My goal is to leverage my passion hustles to build our ideal lifestyle over time. Ultimately, I want to get to a place where when we actually hit our FI number, we don’t need to change anything. We will already be living our ideal life.
Chris has a very unique story. According to the numbers, he actually achieved FI (25x his annual expenses) in 2015. However, financial independence wasn’t yet part of his vocabulary, and he didn’t realize what was possible. As you’ll see in this Slow FI interview, Chris refers to a moment when he “claimed his financial independence.” This was when he realized that he could start making decisions differently.
I’ve realized that the idea of finding a “dream job” is both flawed and woefully incomplete for building a fulfilling life. There are so many things that any of us could be happy doing. More importantly, focusing on career goals at the expense of the rest of our lives will not provide fulfillment.
Spending is usually a response to some sort of trigger. Some triggers are helpful, and others are indicators that there’s something going on in our lives that needs to be addressed. When we address the underlying issue, curbing emotional spending becomes so much easier.