If you are anything like me, you have sat at your desk at work one more than one occasion wondering if this is all there is to life. Ok, let’s be honest…. MANY OCCASIONS. The truth is, I bought into “the way I was supposed to do life” for way too long. Go to a good (expensive) college. So you can get a good job. So you can climb the ladder and make more and more money. So you can buy more and more stuff. So you can buy a house to hold all your stuff. So you can pay someone to clean your house and mow your lawn because you are too busy working. So you can spend most of your free time figuring out how to organize all your stuff.
I have spent an absolutely ridiculous amount on “stuff” over the years in pursuit of happiness. I thought if I had the right stuff that everything else would work out. But it didn’t. The truth is, I spent 20 years slogging through corporate life and stuck in the typical consumer mindset before I woke up. One night after a particularly bad day at work, I was googling for wisdom as I often do. I think I searched for something like “how to quit your job and retire early”. I landed on a FIRE blog. For those of you who don’t know what that is, FIRE stands for “Financially Independent, Retire Early”. I am not kidding you when I say that this google search *Saved My Life*. I read everything I could get my hands on over the next week and subscribed to a gazillion newsletters and blogs on the topic. I had stumbled upon a whole new world and community of like-minded individuals. People that didn’t want to be tied to a 9-5 until age 65. Um, hello? People that wanted choices or the option to work or not, to do different things. I know there are people out there that truly love their job and find it fulfilling. Those people have hit the lottery. I am not one of those people. I am not lazy. I actually have an extremely strong work ethic. But I hate being tied to my job in order to pay the bills. I have other things I want to do. That means I need options and financial independence. This blog is about my journey to get there and building a community of people who also want to live life on their own terms. If this is you, welcome!