THE POWER OF A POSITIVE ALTER EGO TRIP

The Power of a Positive Alter Ego Trip by Ashleigh Evans

Dr. Jekyll has Mr. Hyde, Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce, and I have Jade. My FI alter ego was born in 2015, on a quiet, gray evening in Everett, WA. I remember it because it was one of those fork-in-the-road moments that alter your life forever. I was 24, newly released onto the world as an … Read more

MY FINANCIAL MIDLIFE CRISIS

My Financial Midlife Crisis by Keith Matthews

My midlife crisis came two summers ago when I realized how close I was to retirement eligibility yet how far I was from retirement capability. I was talking to a colleague and close friend of mine about our years in the education field, and it hit me. I would be eligible to retire from teaching … Read more

CONFESSIONS OF A CAMPFI IMPOSTER

Confessions of a CampFI Imposter by Kacy Baughier

This was my first CampFI ever and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am not a “FI” person per se however, I heard a lot about it and wanted to see what all the excitement was about. The venue for CampFI Southeast 2019 Week 2 near Gainesville, FL was great. “Miss Sarah” delivered on … Read more

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

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