Welcome, everyone, to my blog. When some people hear money, they think spending, happiness, holidays or even work (ugh!). Money to me is a tool. It is a tool to FREEDOM, no more, no less. Freedom is what we all dream about and look forward to everyday. It may be the next holiday, the next weekend away, the next day off, or even when the clock hits 5 pm and you are out of that prison you call work.
Financial Independence, Retire Early, or FIRE, is an increasingly popular movement. It was made so by prolific blog writers such as the well known Mr Money Mustache, JLCollins, Frugalwoods, Root of Good, Our Next Life, and of course The Mad Fientist and many more…
I was introduced to FIRE, by my then housemate back, in early 2017. However, like an idiot, I was skeptical and didn’t immediately see the light and jump in with both feet. Instead I dragged my feet and here I am. It’s coming to the end of 2018 and I have finally sat down and crunched the numbers. What I have realised is that I can and will do this.
This blog is me starting from scratch and will be my way of staying accountable. I will be sharing my ups and downs (hopefully mainly ups), and more importantly, different tips, tricks and life hacks!
My ultimate aim isn’t retirement, but Financial Independence. I want to have the freedom to do exactly what I want with my time. It could be spending time travelling, binge watching a great new Netflix show, raising kids (when I eventually do have them) or working. Yes, working!
…..but didn’t he just say retire early???? Why would he go back to work?
Some of you probably had that little thought in your head as you read that, and that’s OK! I did say retire early. Early retirement, to me, is not the absence of work, but rather the ability to leave the work I don’t enjoy and work in a field that I do enjoy, should I choose to.
Would you keep working in your current job if you weren’t paid for it?
If the answer was anything other than HELL YEAH, then why are you still working there? Money? No other option? Money? It’s the done thing? Money?
I’ve decided that if I wasn’t paid in my current job, I wouldn’t do it. Certainly not in the capacity I am currently in as I find it unnecessarily stressful. The hours are all over the place, I have to work unsocial hours and it increases my overall anxiety levels!
Whatever your reasons, if you want to have the freedom to spend your life how you want, then join me on a path to financial independence or share your stories if you are already on your journey. The main difference between my blog and the well established ones is that you will be joining me from day 1 as oppose to me being happily retired in a perfect and seemingly unreachable position! See you in the next post where I will actually divulge the details of my adult life and finances, both the frivolous and the frugal, the blissfully unaware and the blind man seeing for the first time!
Come join me on my musings and ramblings about living my best life! Start here…