Paying It Forward – An Early Retiree Case Study

I was recently asked to write a guest post for the Can I Retire Yet? blog about my journey to financial independence and what I have done since my early retirement at the end of 2015. This post required a lot of personal self-reflection where I discuss my early Money Mindset, some major inflection points in my financial journey, enlightenment from an unlikely source, and ultimately finding my path to financial independence. Post retirement, I did not have any specific Continue Reading →

Portfolio Drawdown Anxiety – Discussions at CampFI

This past weekend, I had the fortunate experience of attending CampFI for my first time. CampFI is a weekend long retreat where people curious about, in their pursuit of, or those who have already attained financial independence (“FI”), participate in discussions and presentations (and impromptu pop-up podcasts!) about any and all subject matter revolving around this concept. First and foremost, for me at least, it is an event where I was able to meet community members “IRL” (in real life Continue Reading →

Learning the True Value of Financial Independence

Over the past five months, during which I have been absent from posting on the blog, I have had a number of significant life experiences. My father passed away after a long battle with cancer, my daughter graduated from high school and then went off to college – my wife and I are now “empty nesters.” Experiencing these life changes has caused me to reflect on the value of financial independence. When my wife and I originally embarked on our Continue Reading →

Harness the Power of Compounding

The one lesson I truly wish I had learned earlier in life than I did is the Power of Compounding. This one mathematical equation is the key element to achieving Financial Independence. Albert Einstein has even been rumored as saying “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” Whether this quote is truly attributable to the Father of Relativity or not is unimportant, the content, however, Continue Reading →