FINDING A FINANCIAL PATH WHILE THE CAREER GAME CHANGES

Finding a Financial Path While the Career Game Changes by Lisa Duke

Early Foundation My parents were both professionals who absolutely believed in the importance of education. My father was a manager at the wood products company in town, and my mom was a teacher who stayed at home with us until we were in high school. In many ways, my brother and I were fortunate. We … Read more

FROM BABY STEPS TO FI SPRINTS

Evolution of a FI Journey: From Baby Steps to FI Sprints by Chad Methner

Thrift Shop Inspiration My FI journey began late 2012. I was with family, wandering around a thrift shop and I happened upon a copy of The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. I remember thinking to myself, “Can this guy really change a life for a $1?” Short answer was yes, he could. I read … Read more

NEW TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AT 40

New to Financial Independence at 40 by Kristi and Jason Arnold

We prepared emotionally and financially for the ax to fall for nearly five years, but when it finally did we weren’t ready. The timing was terrible. As each round of layoffs passed and we weren’t impacted, we pushed thoughts of it more and more into the background. So, when the layoff finally did come to … Read more

A DREAM PENSION FACES RETIREMENT REALITY

A Dream Pension Faces Retirement Reality by Annette Whittenberger

College and Credit Cards My mom raised my brother and me to learn to work for what we have and to never rely on someone else for money. Our mother wanted us to be financially responsible and she taught us many lessons. Even with her admirable efforts and intentions, life challenged us and my decisions … Read more

FINDING JOY IN THE JOURNEY

Finding Joy in the Journey

Whether my parents knew it at the time or not, they have changed the generations to come in our family forever by not settling where it was easiest. Both of my parents, and step-parents, fought hard to give my siblings and I the life they couldn’t have as a child. What a blessing it has … Read more

A LETTER TO MY 22-YEAR-OLD SELF

A Letter to My 22-Year-Old Self

Hello, twenty-two-year-old Joel! Greetings from a decade in the future. There’s so much to catch you up on: There’s a new Power Rangers movie! Apple makes cell phones now! And we have electric cars that practically drive themselves! But there’s a serious matter I want to discuss today: your future happiness. Let me describe two … Read more

HOW ICE FUELED OUR FIRE

How Ice Fueled Our FIRE by Tinian Crawford

I grew up thinking of money as a means to procure the things that brought immediate satisfaction. As soon as I had it, I used it, and I felt fine doing so. I never lacked the necessities, and so I figured I had all that I needed. There comes a time in many of our … Read more

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 of good things 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 … Read more