How a Near Death Experience Inspired Us to FIRE

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My wife, Allison, and I were fortunate to be able to retire in our mid-40s.  It wasn’t easy. We worked hard for many years, saved and invested diligently, created extra income with side businesses, and lived a frugal lifestyle. You … Read More

Save the Planet & Your Wallet: 20 Ways We Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

The nice thing about reducing your carbon footprint is that you can help the world while also saving yourself money.  My wife, Allison, and I have always been conscientious about conserving resources — both for the environment and for our … Read More

From Joy to Confusion, 8 Priceless Reactions to Retiring Early

One of the most common questions to ask someone when you first meet is “So, what do you for a living?”  In some cultures, this might seem too forward or a bit awkward.  But in America, “what you do for … Read More

6 Keys to Ensure You Have a Fun, Rewarding & Happy Early Retirement

You may think retiring early is a magic pill that will automatically solve all your problems and make your life amazing and wonderful.  Perhaps you envision a happy-go-lucky life filled with sunshine, white sand beaches, rainbows, and butterflies. On the … Read More

6 Reasons to Travel as Far & Wide as You Can

My wife, Allison, and I just returned from a two week adventure in China (and I’m still getting over the jet lag). When we weren’t flying, driving, floating down a river, or careening along the countryside on a high-speed train, … Read More

4 Money Lessons I Learned From My Super Frugal Wife

I had a very modest upbringing as a kid.  I grew up in a suburb of Columbus, OH, where we lived in a rented townhouse apartment.  It was nothing fancy, but it was comfortable and located in a good school … Read More

How NOT to have a Boring Life (or Retirement)

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Do you worry that your life will become boring when you retire?  Perhaps you already feel like your life is boring. Let me guess, your life goes something like this (give or take): Get up in the morning, eat breakfast, … Read More

4 Keys to Living an Accomplished Life

What is an “accomplished life,” and how do you create such a life for yourself?   In short, it’s a life that makes you feel proud, fulfilled, content, and inspired.  When you’re on your deathbed, you’ll be able to look … Read More

5 Life Skills for Retirement I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

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I retired at 43 so that I could enjoy life as much as possible while I’m still alive and kicking on this planet.  Fortunately, in my first 43 years I picked up a few life skills to help make retirement … Read More

The Most Important Ability to Have in Life

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If I had to come up with just one ability as the most important in life I would say Adaptability. The definition is “the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions.” As Bob Dylan wrote back in 1964, … Read More