I’m on the FI/RE road! I discovered this road later than some and it’s highly likely that I won’t be financially independent until I’m over 50. Hey, with that being said, I’m on the road and that’s what is important right now. I started my career later than most corporate workers. I spent 4 years after college being a snowboard bum, which were some of the best times of my life. I met a smart, beautiful, and amazing woman who was doing the same thing and we moved to Seattle with the idea that we’d get our career shit together and move back to the mountains for good. That was 20 years and 3 kids ago, and we’re still in Seattle…funny how life has it’s own plan for you sometimes.
I work in a large corporation. I’m pretty much over it, but I have some wealth building to do before I can kiss that world goodbye. It could be so much worse, and I’m actually pretty lucky to have moved up to a step below the executive suite, and the money is super solid. I hope to provide you with some valuable information and maybe even some inspiration as you make your own way along the FI/RE road. It’s an awesome community to be a part of. Just like any other community, there are all different kinds of people on the road with us.
The journey is not short, nor is it easy. While society celebrates the celebrity, the super successful, and the uber rich, it tends to cast a quizzical gaze towards those of us who decide we want to opt out of working for 45 years. In a world of mindless over consumption, those who choose to use less are viewed with confusion. The idea of depriving oneself of new cars, fancy clothes, and McMansions even though you can “afford” it doesn’t make sense to most people. I’ve run the gamut of emotions along this road, at times it’s amazing, empowering, inspiring, maddening, frustrating, lonely, and confusing. You’ve probably felt all of those things as well. If you haven’t yet, you likely will. Stick to your guns, reach out and ask for advice or encouragement from me or the others who are on this road. We all want to see you succeed!
None of us have it totally figured out, no matter how much it may seem that’s the case. I’m navigating this path in one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. while raising 3 kids in private school. Hell, it didn’t even click in my mind that I could reach FIRE until I was 43! That makes me an outlier. Cool, because that also means that I have a somewhat unique perspective. I’d bet not many readers have made a six figure money mistake…guess who has? Yep, that’d be me. I’ll share that and a bunch of other financial missteps I’ve made along my journey. My situation also makes me so thankful that I found this road now, and not 10 years later. I realize how close I was to missing it, and that will make it that much sweeter once I get to my destination.
The Shaka sign is a hand sign that originated in Hawaii and has various translations including a representation of the “aloha spirit” and also “hang loose” which is surfer lingo for enjoy the ride. It’s a reminder to me that I need to enjoy my journey down this FI/RE road. It’s easy to get caught up in the destination, to get impatient or wish that I’d had this figured out 10 years ago. Getting there is half the fun right? Every single day is a gift. I have an amazing, beautiful wife, 3 of the coolest kids I’ve ever met, 2 rad rescue mutts, and we’re all healthy! I’m comfortably in the top 1% global income bracket. Life is beautiful!
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