How to Pursue Financial Independence as a Couple

Until about a year ago, I had ZERO interest in understanding or being involved in our finances. I call myself a feminist, but I was more than happy to let Corey completely run our finances. I have had a complicated relationship with money. I felt guilty about having money, so I preferred to keep it out of sight and out of mind. It’s no surprise that Corey and I were not on the same page in regards to our finances for the first 9 years of our marriage.  Here’s what we did to change that.

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5 Warning Signs it’s Time to get a New Job

Over the last several months, as I’ve overcome my most recent major depressive episode, I’ve come to understand the early warning indicators that you should consider finding a new job. If you are experiencing any these things, listen to yourself. Understand that the emotions are telling you it’s time to get out.

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Two Proven Hacks to Stop Spending Money

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.

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Financial Independence in One Word: Enough

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.

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The Nonprofit Rat Race and Why to Join it

Nonprofits have many of the same challenges as corporate America, and in general, I don’t believe that working in a nonprofit feels like early retirement. Here’s the irony of understanding that nonprofit employees can also get caught up in the rat race: When you understand that working for a nonprofit is not an escape from that reality, you can start to consider working for a nonprofit now.

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How to be Intentional with your Friend Spending

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.

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2018 – Our Year of Transformation

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.

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Why I Accepted a Part-Time Job on my Path to FI

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.  

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My Ideal Life: How FI Gives You Options

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.

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