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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How to Relieve Holiday Stress

People experience more stress, anxiety, and depression over the holidays than any other time of year. It’s so common that the term “Holiday stress” has been coined to describe the way that people feel around the holidays, and I have seen this first hand when I was growing up. Here’s what we are doing now to avoid Holiday stress.

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How to Fast Track Financial Independence

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.

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My Motivation for Financial Independence

I learned about FIRE (Financially Independence Retire Early) in the latter part of 2017, but didn’t commit to FI until I learned what would motivate me for a sustained period of time. Motivating yourself on the path of financial independence starts with understanding change management and leveraging both your rational mind and emotions.

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Our Plan to Financial Independence

Our plan to reach FI is not to deprive ourselves to build up a nest egg so that we can relax later. And to be clear, our journey to financial independence is not about early retirement. 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.

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