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.
When we moved to Boston, we didn’t know anyone. We wanted to make friends and because it had been difficult to make friends in the past, we found ourselves saying “Yes” to every invite and activity, regardless of the cost. This quickly got out of hand. Over the past few months, we have learned creative ways to save money and spend money intentionally on our friends.
There are many noteworthy events from 2018, some of which occurred in the first half of the year before we fully committed to financial independence. The second half of the year (after our vacation to Maine) was filled with several intentional milestones as we made progress toward building our ideal life. Learn more about what happened in 2018, our year of transformation.
I’m excited to share that I have recently quit my job, and I have accepted a part-time (3 days/week) HR role with another non-profit organization whose mission I’m very passionate about. Given that I am also pursuing FI, you may be wondering why I would do this. I’d love to share my process of transformation and discovery that led to this decision.
Reaching financial independence and/or location independence is not going to happen overnight. There are many things that we need to do between now and then to design our ideal life. We need to first reach either financial or location independence and we need to determine what our ideal lifestyle is through trial and error. Here’s our plan for figuring it out.
We are just beginning our journey to financial independence, but I can’t help but reflect on the years leading up to us getting serious about financial independence. The small lifestyle decisions that we have made over the past 9-10 years have allowed us to start with a goal that is within reach.