ESCAPING MY DOUBLE LIFE AND FINDING HAPPINESS

Escaping My Double Life and Finding Happiness by Cheryl Reed

My last day working for “the man” was two weeks ago. I am officially free. What a beautiful word—free. I wish I could say I am completely retired, but I still need an income stream. Rather than going to work every day though, I have now become my own boss as I open my guest … Read more

BUYING A SECTION 8 RENTAL PROPERTY IN LITTLE ROCK

Buying a Section 8 Rental Property in Little Rock by Rachel Fazio

When I graduated from my various professional programs and got my first “real job,” I knew I needed to start saving for retirement. I bought a home, but due to my employment situation, I didn’t have access to any employer-sponsored retirement plans. Instead, I tried to max out a Traditional IRA each year. When I … Read more

THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS OF A LIFE IN FIRE

Thoughts and Reflections of a LifeInFIRE by Kevin Sebesta

Our story seems quite different than most. However, anyone can use the lessons (or mistakes) from our life to better themselves. Lessons: My LifeInFIRE started out when I was 12-years-old. I grew up in a middle-class home, and in many ways I was lucky. I was taught how to save and how bonds and high-interest … Read more

LESSON 52 : FI-VANGELISM

Fiology Lesson 52: FI-vangelism

Congratulations! You’ve finished a thorough exploration of the critical concepts of Financial Independence. Think of where you were a year ago and the progress you made along the way and how much better your future will be for it. Of course you didn’t incorporate everything you learned (surprise, no one does) but you did increase … Read more

LESSON 51 : LIVING THE FI LIFE

Fiology Lesson 51: Living the FI Life

Once we’ve overcome our internal struggle with the One More Year Syndrome and set a date to pull the trigger from traditional work, life changes – in most cases for the better. We are all unique and not quite certain how we will feel or what we will be doing in the next chapter of … Read more

LESSON 50 : THE DYNAMIC JOURNEY

Fiology Lesson 50: The Dynamic Journey

Fiology thanks Miss Mazuma for shaping this lesson.   As we’ve discovered by now, even within the FI community, there is a spectrum of people with varying styles and habits that range from extreme frugality, content to live on $25K a year or less, to what some may consider lavish, deciding that living on more … Read more

LESSON 49 : SOCIAL SECURITY

Fiology Lesson 49: Social Security

There are plenty of views and opinions regarding Social Security. For many in the FI community, planning goes forward with the assumption that it won’t exist at some point in the future. That is a very conservative approach. The question of the duration of the Social Security program has been ongoing for decades so many … Read more

LESSON 48 : CARING FOR AGING PARENTS

Fiology Lesson 48: Caring For Aging Parents

Time marches on, for us and for those we care about. When we are young we think of our parents as permanent and only much later realize that isn’t the case. We all grow old and eventually die. That journey is difficult for us and for those who take on the responsibilities of helping us … Read more

LESSON 47 : DREAM BIG

Fiology Lesson 47: Dream Big!

Why did you choose Financial Independence? For most of us it’s so that we have the option to focus on things in our lives that bring us happiness and fulfillment. For some, this means spending more time with family and friends, for some it means continuing to do work they love, and still for others … Read more