How a 25-Year-Old Saved $200,000

How a 25-Year-Old Saved $200,000

There is so much baggage weighing down our money conversations. Taboos and complicated feelings make talking about money extremely difficult, even though it is important. There is shame, spite, and many strong opinions where money is concerned. The way we spend our money is a reflection of the way we want to live our lives. Everyone has their [...]

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Why I Sold My Dream Car

Why I Sold My Dream Car

The purchase of my first car was an epic adventure. It involved six months of research, flying halfway across the country, and learning how to drive stick. In that time I went from clueless (and could-care-less) about cars to a gear-head. Or, more specifically, a Miata-head. MIATA. Miata. Is. Always. The. Answer. I bought into [...]

“I am not a math person,” and other lies we tell ourselves

“I am not a math person,” and other lies we tell ourselves

I cringe every time someone says, "I am not a math person." You are many things, and one of them is a math person. You are an artistic person, a creative person, a dancing person, because you are human. The surest way to hamstring your growth as a human being is to peg yourself into [...]

The Five Stages of FIRE – and how to keep it alight

The Five Stages of FIRE – and how to keep it alight

The journey to FIRE-- financial independence, retiring early-- looks like a lot of things to a lot of different people. Some people retire to the countryside. Others retire to travel the world. Still others 'retire' to run their own business. No matter what the path, all the journeys have five things in common, and along [...]

How Much You Need to Retire

How Much You Need to Retire

It is easy to disregard retirement when it feels far out on the horizon. Imagine your financial life like a sailing adventure—the destination is beyond our sight, but we can at least set a destination and course correct as needed. When I did some financial research, I realized that the horizon didn’t have to be [...]

What is Financial Independence?

What is Financial Independence?

I am part of  a growing cult of millennials looking for a way out of the rat race. The movement is called FIRE: Financial Independence, Retire Early. The blogosphere is growing with people embracing the movement, and I at first felt like I had little to add to this space. After all, Gwen of fiery millennials is another 20-something [...]