When Corey asked me to read Your Money or Your Life in a book swap, I begrudgingly agreed (and only because he was reading a book I recommended about women in the workplace). Because I wasn’t excited to read the book, I was skeptical at first. However, once I had read a few chapters, I was hooked.
Meet Wendy from Wanderlust Wendy. In the summer of 2018, she modified that dream to fit her own ambitions and goals. She and her husband left their jobs, bid farewell to their life in Shanghai, and began to travel the world full-time.
Before pursuing financial independence, there were many things I wanted to do in my life that I didn’t believe were actually possible. After being introduced to financial independence, I’ve realized that the options available in life are so much broader than I ever thought possible. Through the pursuit of financial freedom, I can envision my ideal life, and I can make it happen. Creating a financial independence bucket list is a tangible way to make that happen.
Throughout an entire interview process, it's important to remember that you are an equal partner in the decision. Yes, the employer is assessing your skills for the position and your match with the team’s personality. You are also assessing whether this is the right role and environment for you. Here's how you can interview your next employer.
The main narrative in the financial independence space says work as hard as you can now to achieve financial independence or early retirement as soon as possible. This narrative implies that upon reaching that goal, we will then be free to live our ideal lives. Some people are trying to push against the narrative.
Tanya Hester recently published her book "Work Optional." After appreciating all of Tanya's work at OurNextLife.com, I knew that I needed to read her book. I was not disappointed. The book provided a lot of helpful insights, made me think more deeply about my ideal life and the various options for how to get there. While there were a number of unique insights, I’m confident that this book would also be accessible to someone not familiar with personal finance or financial independence.
Since discovering financial independence, I have begun to redefine my life's priorities, including expectations around the size of our home. Adjusting your perspective is never easy, and my expectation around our home size is no exception. A big part of this transformation has been applying the financial independence concept of "enough" to these deep-rooted expectations around our home. As part of this change, I have gone from always wanting more to now understanding our home as a mansion. We have more than enough.
We spent eight days in Panama for vacation. We really enjoyed our trip, and it helped us better understand our long-term goals for financial independence. Here are things we recommend seeing and others we recommend skipping if you are planning a trip to Panama.
In high school, I had a choice to make. Go to an expensive university and be forced to work throughout the year (including summers), OR go to a less expensive university and have more freedom. This decision and the determination to avoid student loans helped us tremendously. In this post, I detail how we both avoided taking out student loans, and how it has fast-tracked our path to financial independence.
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