Ten years ago, Liz scaled back work significantly. When she scaled back, she had more time for reflection. She found FI, and even though she was making less, they started saving more and working toward FI.
Earlier this month, I turned thirty-five! It felt like a really big milestone, so I decided to reflect back on what I’ve learned in my 35 years on earth. After reflecting, I decided to dig deeper and learn more about the value of reflective practice in our lives.
Many years ago, Corey and I set a goal of traveling to 100 countries. But, working full-time put a damper on our travel goals. How would we ever travel to 100 countries if we only had 3 week of vacation each year? So, we started to pursue FI. If we retired early, we could travel as much as we wanted. Over time, we’ve learned that there are many other options, besides early retirement, that would give us location independence.
This Slow FI interview with Chrissy is unique because she BOTH took a Slow FI path AND retired early. Slow FI and early retirement are not mutually exclusive. In this interview, Chrissy shares how she made intentional decisions to optimize her finances and improve her life.
I recently decided to have surgery on my foot after living with pain for FOUR years. I’ve tried every conservative approach, and now I’m ready to take the next step. Why? Because my health is just as important as time or money.
Mastermind groups are peer-to-peer support groups that help you move further and faster toward your goals while having more fun in the process. Mastermind groups aren’t just for entrepreneurs. Everyone who has goals could benefit from participating in a mastermind group.
In 2021, the pandemic gave Raina and her family and unexpected opportunity. Because her husband could work from home, they decided to experiment with living in their dream location for 6 months. After this experiment, they knew that moving there was worth upending their lives.
Our plan to reach FI is not to deprive ourselves to build up a nest egg so that we can relax later. We are not looking to not work or sit on a beach for 50-60 years. Instead, this journey is about lifestyle design, freedom, flexibility and security. We plan to take very intentional actions so that we can adjust our lifestyle along the way. Here’s a detailed look at what our plan currently looks like 4 years into our journey.
My writing class prompted me to reflect on this question, “What is the biggest obstacle you’ve ever faced?” My first thought was the severe anxiety I experienced in 2018. Upon reflection, I realized that this was only one part of an even bigger obstacle: that I didn’t believe I deserved to be happy.