Who Are We?

We are a husband and wife team living in Oakland, California with our two 17-year old Siamese cats. We moved to San Francisco from New York City in 1996, and quickly fell in love with the Bay Area.
After working for many years in the Internet / Tech industry, we finally realized we had saved enough to retire. We officially retired from the corporate world in January 2015 and have never looked back.
In our spare time, we work out, swim, travel, eat, and run our other site Experiencify. It offers inspiration, tips, and resources for having amazing life experiences.

Why Did We Retire in our Early 40s?

lake tahoeWe actually hadn't planned on retiring when we did. As fate would have it, we were both laid off from our day jobs at the same time. We decided to spend some time traveling.
We started with a trip to Europe, visiting Italy, France, and Spain. Then it was off to Central & South America through the Panama Canal.  In between, we managed to sprinkle in a couple trips to Tahoe and back to New York to visit family.
Before we knew it, we were hooked on the freedom of our new lifestyle. We sleep better, our relationship is stronger, we're in better physical shape, and we're much less stressed out.

How Did We Accomplish It?

We both had decent jobs, although our salaries were modest for the Bay Area. We also didn't start investing for retirement until our late 20s and early 30s.
So how did we manage to pay off our mortgage and stop working in one of the nation's most expensive areas? It was a combination of things.  We set up automated investments, invested in real estate and rental property, created additional sources of income, and kept our expenses very modest.
You can get more details and inspiration of your own from the blog post How You Can Retire at 43 Like I Did, as well as from this 30-minute podcast with host Andy Hill of Marriage, Kids & Money:

 

 

About Dylin

dylin profileI've always loved numbers, strategy, and money. As a kid, I was into geeky things like chess, role-playing games, and comic books. While that didn't make me the most popular kid, I think those traits did help me to think strategically about finances.
Another hobby of mine is creating small side businesses. I talk about some of these experiences on this LinkedIn post. If you can generate additional income with a side business it'll really give you a leg up on retiring early.
I also enjoy helping others with anything that might improve their lives, especially around money. I look forward to sharing our strategies, successes, and lessons learned along our early retirement journey.
You can check out some of my other blog posts about life on the Experiencify Blog, Elephant Journal, Thought Catalog, and Lifehack.

About Allison

gelato-allisonI was taught the value of money and investing at an early age. My parents did well financially but were always very frugal, and they passed this along to me.
Although Dylin chides me about being a bit of a hoarder, my frugality is a big reason we're able to keep our expenses down in retirement.  I have all kinds of techniques to get stuff for free or next to nothing.
I'm also a big do-it-yourself person. I'd rather figure out how to do something on my own than pay someone else to do it for me. This has saved us tons of money over the years.
One of my other passions is cooking and sourcing delicious local ingredients.  I keep our expenses down by preparing our own meals, and I keep us healthier at the same time!