The first time I mentioned the revolutionary concept of financial independence early retirement (FIRE) to my mom a few years ago, I was met with a scoff. She applauded the idea of financial independence. But early retirement? It was met with pursed lips, a decided frown, or the click of her tongue behind her teeth every time I mentioned it. Try as I might, I could not levy enough evidence or anecdotes or blog posts to make her sweeten on the idea. Perhaps the concept was just too abstract. But then I took a step back and started to see my mom for who she really is.
This really compelling series first piqued my interest when I read Our Next Life’s blog post about it. The magic started with Think Save Retire. Afterwards, Our Next Life jumped on board, and Northern Expenditure and My Countdown to Freedom all chimed in. All of their answers are incredibly inspiring, carefully planned, and simply great reads.
Then there’s this post.
Here’s the thing: I’m not on the road to FIRE, because I don’t want to be. Let me clarify. Mr. P and I don’t currently have any desire to retire early. But working towards financial independence? Game on. Continue reading “We Aren’t Retiring Early, But We’re Planning Our Next Life”