My personal decision to pursue financial independence (FI) is hard to put into words. It’s difficult to describe because there is no single defining moment. Instead, it is based on a collection of incremental mental shifts spread out over a few years.
When we first learned about financial independence, we started to analyze our spending. One of the first things that we realized was that we spent way too much on groceries. While I was doing research into Community Support Agriculture (CSAs), I stumbled across ugly produce delivery services, and found two companies in our area to test out. Here’s what I discovered.
As we reflect on The Fioneers’ first year, we have decided to share our 10 favorite posts. In these posts, you’ll see more about our philosophy about money and life, ways we’ve applied traditional financial independence concepts to our own lives, and our journey toward Slow FI.
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.
One year ago, Corey and I officially decided to pursue financial independence. As I now look back on one year into our pursuit of financial independence, our life is very different today than it was a year ago. Financial independence played a huge role in redefining our lives.